Atypical Protagonists

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Maxim Trevelyan
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Atypical Protagonists

Postby Maxim Trevelyan » Sat May 12, 2018 10:48 pm

Undoubtedly, quite a large number of protagonists are children, young adults or grown-ups. We see dashing knights, mighty heroines, brave children and wicked villains. But rarely do we see any other protagonists than humans.

Black Beauty (by Anna Sewell) is a real page-turner. The story is told from the point-of-view of a horse, which focuses on the treatment of animals, most often very cruel rather than not. It takes us from a beautiful country were horses live in relative peace to the back-breaking work on the streets of London. Overall, the book is educational, heartbreaking, heartwarming and emotional with a very important lesson to teach.

What are some of the books where the protagonists were not human? Did you like them or not? Why?
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Re: Atypical Protagonists

Postby Shiloh Adlar » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:43 pm

I recently finished The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame which is a lovely children's book following four animal characters, Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad. While humans are mentioned in the book, they play a smaller role with the exception of Toad's adventure.

The book starts with introducing the four different characters in their own little storylines and then the overlaying story of the adventures of Toad begin. In the unabridged version, it also includes little side stories.

The book has a good moral in the end though I had to laugh at how easily Toad got away with things in the end. Suddenly he makes a change in character and there are no repercussions for him escaping prison except his pride being hurt because of the change he decides to make.
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