Monday, March 5, 2012

Who Are Your Top 5 Female Characters from Literature?

Today's prompt is to list your top 5 female characters from literature and a brief explanation why. Make sure to name the character AND the book/story in which she appears. Here are mine:

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy: She's strong, she doesn't rely on men for survival, and she's not perfect. Readers can relate to her flaws and feel what she is feeling.

2. Miss Maudie Atkinson from To Kill a Mockingbird: Miss Maudie is one of my favorites because she doesn't hold back. She is not afraid to call people on their actions and do the right thing. When the rest of Maycomb is heading to Tom's trial, she stays home, knowing it's just wrong to go. Plus, she puts Mrs. Merriweather in her place. I love that.

3. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird: I can't mention Mockingbird without Scout. Though she is young and naive in many ways, she is still a strong female and won't get pushed around by the boys. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the final chapters are beautiful (well, the whole book is, actually) when she finally learns Atticus' important lesson.

4. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre: Jane just rocks, especially for her time period. 'Nuff said.

5. Jing-Mei Woo from The Joy Luck Club: Jing-Mei seems timid and lost at the beginning, pushed around by Waverly and sensitive to any criticism. But as the novel progresses, she gains strength and courage. She finally understands why her mother was the way she was and sets aside the bitterness to bring her family together.

This was hard choosing just five.