Escape the Ordinary Summer Reading Club
Our Summer Reading Club for adults is going on all summer–there’s still time to join! Each week we are asking participants to tell us about their about their reading, and we’ll be posting their responses on this blog. In the first week, we asked, “Who is your favorite hero in literature? What makes this person a hero?” Here are some responses:
Arthur Dent, of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; He kept going, even thinking he was the last human, facing obstacles in an alien environment, adapting, making friends…
Isabel, from Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson; Isabel (and the real people like her from that time) is a hero because without her strength and courage where would we (African Americans) be? Needless to say, slavery in America was a horrible institution, and I often wonder how my ancestors continued to live each day in bondage. Isabel showed me how her devotion to her sister, to family is moving.
Mercy Thompson, from the novels by Patricia Briggs; strong woman fights the bad guys on her own terms.
Tess, from Tess of the d’Urbervilles; She is a hero because she stays true to her values in a desperate world.
My hero in literature is Professor X Charles Xavier, founder of the X Men. He not only has the coolest power (mind control), he also represents handicapped people like myself.
The father, from The Road by Cormac McCarthy; He keeps his brave face on for his son in the face of a truly unimaginable America. He manages to do so until he dies and his son is able to carry on with a new family.
Atticus Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; A great man who was not only a hero to his kids but also to the black community in Maycomb. He took on a case that on one else wanted, to help an innocent black man when he was accused of raping a white woman.
Jane Eyre; She was a pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps type of girl.
Severus Snape, from the Harry Potter series. I knew from the beginning that he was a good man; that beneath his arrogance there was a wounded soul. The danger he put himself into, and the courage with which he faced it, all because of his love for Lily, makes his character truly complex and memorable.