Inspirational Literary Characters

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Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
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Inspirational Literary Characters

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:50 am

Every once in a while, you read a book and somehow, something or someone in the book inspires you to do something different, make different choices, change your life and/or appreciate the life that you have now.

In this topic, we ask: What literary characters have inspired you?

Who was the character, in which book (or books) did you find this person (or these persons). Who is the author of this book?

How were you inspired? Was this an inspiration which you say 'yes, I will do that!' Or was this an inspiration of which you say 'oh, crud, I see I've been doing that and I will STOP right this minute!'

What happened in the story which led up to this inspiration of who and what to be? Or was it the entire story, in which a character develops from being a certain way and changes to something else entirely?

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Re: Inspirational Literary Characters

Post by Shiloh Adlar » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:51 am

After reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, I think Arnold/Junior could be and has been an inspirational character for many. This novel is based off of Alexie's real life though it has been fictionalized. Junior has grown up on an Indian reservation is whole life where families grow up there and die there. No one ever leaves. However, Junior was also born with "water on the brain." He had to have surgery at six months old to relieve that pressure and it made him different from his peers. He was bullied growing up but made a best friend, Rowdy, who became his protector. Junior, after an incident at his res school, is told something by a teacher, and does something that no one on the res has done before and, therefore, begins to change his life.

The copy of the book that I have had bonus material to it as it was the tenth anniversary edition. In it, Alexie writes back on the 10 years since True Diary was published, but more so on his friend Randy, who Rowdy is based off of. He speaks of how Rowdy and even Arnold/Junior have been inspirational characters for many Indians through the years since it's publication. Even reading the story, to take a step back from the racism parts of it (of which it does discuss), Junior is incredibly brave and the decision he makes is what saved his life. This has more meaning as you read the book (though it is something mentioned way early on, so no spoiler tag needed). I think anyone could be inspired by his willingness to try something different and make a change and to just step out of your comfort zone, take a risk, and see what happens. I read the whole book in one sitting. It's that good.
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Re: Inspirational Literary Characters

Post by Maxim Trevelyan » Sat May 12, 2018 8:41 pm

One of the most inspirational literary characters is definitely Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Despite the times and her situation, she is staying true to herself and what she wants. Those years were heavy on the meaning of duty, especially when it concerned women. “Duty means doing things your heart may well regret.” However, Elizabeth does things her own way and does not want to sacrifice her heart, pride and integrity. She goes against the wishes of her family and the society, which is only to be admired when the rules are so restricting. Elizabeth is also very intelligent and well-read, which makes her even more inspirational and a good role model.

Another is Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a horrible shark attack. However, she did not let that stop her from returning back to her passion, which was surfing. Despite the heavy loss, she returned to surfing only a month after her accident. Bethany shows how optimism, faith and not giving in can overcome great obstacles and lead to success. A great role model for anyone who struggle with their supposed setbacks while they aim to achieve their dreams.
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Re: Inspirational Literary Characters

Post by Shiloh Adlar » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:43 am

I was finished reading this incredible non-fiction book titled The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. The book is an autobiography of William Kamkwamba's life in Malawi and about his idea of building a windmill. It begins discussing his childhood and the magic in their village. He talks about how he at first leaned to magic given by this powder to become strong like his father and defeat his "enemies." What he doesn't realize until a little later is that his worst enemy becomes his own hunger when their country is ravaged by famine.

Many, many people die during this time due to lack of food. There are riots, people stealing and picking up every little thing they can to eat just to survive. William is supposed to be going to secondary school at this time but because his family has no money due to their crops drying out, he has to drop out because he can't pay the fees. He finds solace in the small library in his village where he discovers a book on physics. This book changes his entire life forever. By taking scraps from the junkyard, he begins to learn about electrical current and how things work. Little by little, he begins building his windmill that he plans to use to not only give the people in his village lights for their homes but the security of never worrying about starvation again.

His story is discovered by scholars and he is invited to speak at a TED talk where he said six words that became a motto for the conference, "I try, and I made it!"


I had such a difficult time putting this book down last night because I needed to sleep and it was so good, so the first chance I had to pick it up again today, I did, and finished it. It's amazing what a dream can end up doing to change the world as we know it.
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