Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Top Ten Rebels in Literature - Top Ten Tuesday #2

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.


Top Ten Rebels in Literature (characters or authors) in no particular order:

Romeo and Juliet from “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare were probably the fist lovers in the history of literature to rebel against their family and to follow their hearts.
John Galt from “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand the character who led a revolt against leaches, people who do not create anything and what to live off creators such as John Galt himself, shaming them in the process
Bilbo Baggins from “The Hobbit or There and Back Again” by J.R.R. Tolkien was the first hobbit ever to go on adventure, a rebel against the tradition of his people.
D-503 from “We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin involuntary rebel that quite accidently “have developed a soul.”
Lisbeth Salander from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson, the girl that shaked the whole Sweden, their bureaucrats and SAPO, fighting for her freedom and a chance to be herself.
The Narrator from “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk was a rebel against a desolate consumer society.
Planet Pyrrus from “Deathworld” by Harry Harrison, the planet that revolts against its colonists.
Peter Pan from “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie, the boy who refuse to grow up, a rebel against human nature.
Holden Caulfield from “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger, a typical at least to me, but so carefully drawn by Salinger teen rebel against whole adult society.
Betty Friedan with her “The Feminine Mystique” a rebel for the freedom of the half of human population. The person who described “the problem that has no name.” And a author of one of the most influential nonfiction books that started the second-wave feminism in the United States.

6 comments:

bibliothec said...

I love your choice of Bilbo Baggins! He was certainly a rebel of his kind, going against the traditions of the Hobbits. So perfect for this list.

Anne Bennett said...

I had Lisbeth on my list too. Did you know that Steig Larsson witnessed a girl being raped when he was 15 years old? He was consumed by the guilt that came from not coming to her rescue. The girl's name: Lisbeth. I think he made reparations. Don't you?

Nikki . said...

I should have thought of Bilbo... The hobbit is one of my all time favourite books. Great choices.

LBC said...

I love that you have We on here. I haven't read it for so long I wouldn't have been able to remember the characters enough to include it, but I do remember really liking it.

Check out my list at The Scarlet Letter .

Karen said...

I picked I-330 from We instead just because she was already a member of the rebellion. I did think about D-503 though.

Ovrelia said...

Bibliothec and Nikki, thank you, I like Bilbo myself.

Anne, no I didn't know about it and I'm not sure if I would call it reparation, rather an influence maybe.

LBC, I read We quite recently, last year, and it made a great impression on me, it instantly went to my all time favorites list.

Karen, I didn't picked I-330 for the precise same reason as you did :) I liked D-503 accidental participation in that much more.

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