As with my other monthly posts I’ve taken a two (almost three) month hiatus from participating. However, I figured a new year, a new time to try again!
For January the hosts of the Classics Club have chosen another user submitted question:
“Which character from classic literature is most important or influential to you and why? Or which character do you most despise and why?”
Now once again I have to ask why didn’t they chose an easier question! Even if I limit myself solely to those Classics on my list, or even more so those I’ve read only since starting the project I’m still hard pressed to narrow down my choice.
Do I go Southern with Celie from the Color Purple or what about Bone from Bastard Out of Carolina (yes I know this isn’t on my list) and what about the other amazing southern characters I’ve read and loved over the years? Do I go British with Helen from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall or any of Austen’s heroines: Lizzie, Fanny, or any of the others? I most certainly won’t go with any of the Russians or Ancients, but I’m still at a loss.
So push-come-to shove I will say Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights. Now this isn’t a clear-cut answer because it isn’t just the characters that have had such a profound affect on me, but also the setting of the novel as well as when and where I have read the novel each time. And Heathcliff cannot stand on his own without Catherine. I think you need to read my review (linked above), in order to truly understand why I chose them.