When I think of a hero, I think of noble actions, self-sacrifice, honor, physical suffering and overcoming obstacles.
This certainly caught my attention as this is not how I would classify her, but I am open to that interpretation.
Thinking of her in these terms has opened up my train of thought to characters I would consider to be heroines in different works of literature.
Because I am a Southern Historical Fiction writer at heart, the ladies who pop into my mind, of course, are from primarily southern stories:
Scarlett O’Hara – Gone with the Wind. She is first in my mind. She was the first female character that I was impressed with that she was strong and resilient. Stubborn, yes, missed the boat with Rhett, of course, but I think she is a fabulous character.
Edna Pontellier – from Chopin’s “The Awakening”. I love her, and while I always flinch when I read the ending, I don’t know how it could have ended any other way.
Scout Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird. I wanted to be her when I was a kid. I read this novel as a child, then again as a teenager (several times, actually) and then usually every other year I read through this novel. Harper Lee was brilliant, and I wish she had written more characters for me to love!
While not a southern story or a southern writer, Hester Prynne makes my list in Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”.
Interestingly, I don’t have a heroine from Faulkner’s writing.
Who are your favorite female heroines from literature?
Do you look for different characteristics in heroines than you do in heroes in literature?
And, I wanted to post a quick note that Robyn Leatherman will be interviewing me on her blog on Jan. 20. I am thrilled to spend that time with her and hope you all will hop on over, read her blog and find out more about me and her – she is such an interesting person and writer!