Hello and welcome to my Top 5 Wednesday post!
This week’s theme is characters you are most like. I am going to put a little spin on this and make it characters from classics that I’m most like. When comparing myself to these characters, I’m not only going to talk about the good, but I’m also going to talk about the bad.
Shall we begin?
Jo March from Little Women
The good qualities that I posses: bibliophile, loyal, strong, independent, and outspoken
The less desirable qualities that I posses: hot-tempered, clumsy, and blunt
There probably isn’t any other character that I am most like than Jo March herself. Ever since watching the film adaptation as a young girl, I felt that Jo was easy to relate to. I admired her strong and independent ways, her fierce loyalty to her family, and that she was never afraid to speak her mind. I like to think I am very similar to Jo in these aspects. However, with the good also comes the bad. I am also hot-tempered, blunt, and clumsy like Jo. All in all, I feel like the good qualities outweigh the bad.
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prjudice
The good qualities that I posses: bibliophile, lively, clever, honest, spirited, and playful
The less desirable qualities that I posses: judgmental
Elizabeth Bennet was always the life of the party. She was beloved by her sisters for she was the most amusing of the bunch. The best way to describe Elizabeth is that she is spirited! I hope this is how others view me, because I think I am mildly entertaining. That being said, I also share Elizabeth’s habit of being hasty with judgements and preconceived notions.
Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre
The good qualities that I posses: bibliophile, passionate, virtuous, and generous
The less desirable qualities that I posses: conflicted
Jane Eyre prides herself on her upstanding moral compass. I too think I am a person of good character and virtue. I am not perfect, but I do always try and do the right thing. I also share Jane’s confliction between doing what is right, and doing what is easy.
Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights
The good qualities that I posses: intense, free-spirited, and passionate
The less desirable qualities that I posses: spoiled and selfish
Oh Catherine! This character arguably has more bad characteristics than good. I identified with her intense personality, because I am also intense. In my opinion, her biggest downfall is her selfishness and spoiled ways. If I am to be completely honest, I am also of guilty of these qualities at times.
Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter
The good qualities that I posses: passionate, strong, and thoughtful
The less desirable qualities that I posses: flawed
I am going to get a little personal here. Hester has always been a character I have truly admired, and I would consider her one of my heroes. I know that might surprise some of you, but let me explain why… I was pregnant at 18 years old, and had my first child at 19. I was young and unwed. I was able to sympathize with many of the things that Hester went through. The scorn and ridicule… You’d be surprised the shamelessness of some people. Even though my life as a young parent was more challenging at times, like Hester, I feel that I held my head up high and was strong through the hard times.
Fast forward a few years – I ended up graduating college Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (minor in Sociology) and married my son’s father, who I’ve been with since high school. I do not condone teen pregnancy, however I have no regrets. My story had a happy ever after, but that is not always the case with teen parents. I had the support of my family, and husband every step of the way. Without their support I doubt I would have made it very far in life.