Each month The Classics Club releases a question to get club members thinking, discussing and sharing; either on the official site or their own sites. This month’s question is a rewind from January 2014, originally contributed by club member Ruth (who joined in March 2012):
“Which character from classic literature is most important or influential to you and why? Or which character do you most despise and why?”
I am going to go for an important and influential classic character. It is a toughy though, because there are so many great classic characters out there to choose from. I think for me though a really influential character, a character I have looked up to, is Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Elinor is loving, patient, practical and stoic – if I could be just a tenth of how loving and patient she is, I would be over the moon. I particularly have to admire her when she conceals her own pain to support and comfort her sister, Marianne, who goes into complete meltdown. Don’t get me wrong I like Marianne, but it really does become the Marianne show when she has her heartbroken by Willoughby; yet Elinor’s heart has been broken too. However there is also a touching scene, towards the end of the book, when Marianne realises how her sister has been suffering in silence and Elinor finally gets a little of the credit she deserves; and the all important happy ending!
Which classic character has been most important or influential to you and why?