Your favourite protagonist from a Classic book or movie and why?

Let’s accept it. During our years of growing up, we come across some fictitious character in a book or a movie who is etched up by the writer so beautifully that it leaves behind an indelible imprint on mind, enough to last a lifetime. We get smitten. It could frame up our idea of a near-perfect hero or heroine. Who is your favourite protagonist from a Classic book or movie and why?

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June 7, 2017


  1. My all time favourite book is Shogun by James Clavell. I remember reading it thrice inspite of its voluminous nature (I think 700 pages) approximately 20 years ago. Despite the fact that I have read it two decades ago, I can never forget the protagonists Blackthorne as well as the Shogun himself Toranaga.
    The embodiment of goodness, compassion, stillness and resolve as part of their personalities as well as leadership ideologies makes them stand out in my mind as role models. Which is why they are both my favourite protagonists of all time.

  2. Sita from the Ramayana. She fascinates me through the hundreds of Ramayana tellings in the collective consciousness. Is she docile? Yes. Is she subversive? Yes. It all depends on who does the telling, and it also all depends on who does the listening. My personal connection with her began with the image of her exiled, weeping in the wilderness, how she steeled herself to accept the teachings of her time in the forest/garden. This is the core of my next book of poems, The Altar Of The Only World (HarperCollins India, 2017), written after seven years of wilderness-wanderings with her.

  3. I read Shogun way back. It didn’t turn an easy piece of reading then, given the perplexity of both the story background as well as the profound characters sketched dexterously by Clavell. This, of course, besides the voluminous 700 odd pages of pure content that you have talked about. To have read the novel thrice, I’m sure there must have been a sense of immense pull towards the protagonists.

  4. Aelita from Alexei Tolstoy’s sci-fi . I was in school when I read the Hindi translation of the novel. I was so madly in love with this fictitious character called Aelita that I spent many months daydreaming about me travelling to Mars and meeting her. At times, I’d wake with start in the middle of the night thinking that Aelita had come to see me. It is a some kind of madness which laste almost a year.

  5. Lord Henry from The Picture of Dorian Grey. Oscar Wilde tried to portray himself through that character which resulted in someone who’s all witty and wise. And, his dialogues are so perfect yet so paradoxical which made me fall in love with him and Oscar Wilde.

  6. I am in love with Elizabeth Bennett. Pride and prejudice. And in a man I look for Darcy. In fact I am Liz with all her pride, I am Liz with all her prejudices and I am Liz with all her love and madness. I could run distances in the rain and swamp for my sister’s sake. I could remain quiet and hurt and still in love. I can submit and surrender when realization happens… Liz is the quintessential modern woman…

  7. Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With the Wind, for never going hungry again.

  8. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. So intense! There is something about unrequited love that is so charming, isn’t it Kena?