2017 has been named the ‘Year of Literary Heroes‘ and British Tourism is encouraging literary-themed events. You can enjoy a ‘Literary Break’, download literary maps and take walks through literary landscapes, go to talks, bookshop events, and stay in hotels that have associations with authors.
Even if you are not planning a visit to England, it’s still a good time to give thought to ‘literary heroes’. What makes a ‘hero’? A hero is a “main character in a book or film” and someone who “usually manages impressive feats or displays nobility of character”. Thackeray famously described his own Vanity Fair as ‘a novel without a hero’ because none of the men in the novel could qualify for that role.
Who are your favourite literary heroes? Mr Darcy, Mr Rochester, Mr Knightley, Captain Wentworth, Gilbert Blythe, Harry Potter, John Thornton, David Copperfield, Tom Jones, Rhett Butler, Pierre Bezukhov, Laurie Laurence, Plantaganet Palliser, Dr Lydgate, Roland Michell, Flashman, Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Just William, Daniel Deronda, Kim, Prince Myshkin or …?
To get you thinking about heroes, I’m giving you a short quiz this month. Have fun.
1. Which hero was christened Lemuel?
2. Which hero kisses the heroine in a field outside Florence?
3. Which hero dies on the road “with a bunch of lace at his throat”?
4. Which hero eats a gorgonzola sandwich and drinks a glass of burgundy for lunch?
5. Which hero falls in love with Becky Thatcher?
6. Which hero fears he might have gone to bed with his own mother?
7. Which eponymous hero is eaten alive?
8. Gussie Fink-Nottle is a good friend to which unheroic hero?
9. Which hero was delivered into the world by Dr Slop?
10. Which hero longs to attend Christminster University?
Let me know if you have a literary hero whom you love above all others? How many questions were you able to answer in my quiz? Tell me by leaving a comment area below.
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