Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Top Ten Jerks in Literature - Top Ten Tuesday #1

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Jerks in Literature.

1. Pretty much every male character in “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. I expressed my views in the review and have nothing more to add to that.

2. Who isn’t a jerk, crazy or bastard in “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë? I personally couldn’t find anyone.

3. The whole Gregor Samsa’s family in “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. I still remember my disgust how this so-called family treated Gregor.

4. Pretty much every god and goddess in “The Iliad” by Homer. The games they play and the wars they fight against each other (and for what reason? Who is the prettiest?), using all these innocent people, are disgusting. I just want to smack and shake them, yelling: “For crying out loud, you are gods and goddesses, so act appropriate to your position.” Or maybe they already act the way they supposed to…?

5. Baron Danglars, Fernand Mondego, Caderousse, Gerard de Villefort in “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. I think I don’t have to explain anything about this group. What they’ve done and for what reasons… unforgivable and so Edmond Dantès thought.

6. Miles Gentry in “The Door into the Summer” by Robert A. Heinlein. The way he treated Dan Davis, his long time friend and for what reason, definitely deserves a jerk award.

7. Tom Fennel in “Theatre” by W. Somerset Maugham. The way he treated Julia… I’m only glad how he got played and that he got what he deserved at the end.

8. Philip Rearden in “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.There are a lot of jerks in this book, but for some reason Philip bothers me the most. The way he treats Hank Rearden after what Hank is doing for Philip has a jerk written all over himself.

9. Henry Higgins in “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw. I still can’t believe that in movie adaptation “My Fair Lady” Eliza Doolittle stays with Henry Higgins, because he is your classical jerk.

10. Eugene Onegin in “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin. Even though by the end of the story he changes, it has no cancelation on how he was acting before.


Priya said...

Agree with you on The Metamorphosis! The family was gruesome!! And also, Hank Rearden's entire family, I'd say, not just Philip Rearden!! Nice list!

Here's mine: http://peskypiksipesternomi.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-ten-tuesday-is-original.html

Lisa said...

I laughed out loud when I read your response about Wuthering Heights. As much as I like that book I totally have to agree!

Birdie said...

I agree with you and I particularly appreciate the way you wrote up your list. you have a nice turn of phrase.
Also, I can't even think of Henry Higgens without shuddering.

Me My Shelf And I said...

wow great list! And welcome to TTT! :0) Here's my list:

booknympho said...

LOL at your comment on Eugene Onegin. He got what was coming to him, didn't he? :)

LBC said...

I didn't think of Gregor's family at all, but wish that I did. I love the simplicity of your blog design.

Read my list here.

gautami tripathy said...

Agree about Kafka!

Here is my Top Ten post!

Beth F said...

I agree with Atlas Shrugged.

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