It’s that time of year again when everyone makes resolutions to exercise, spend more time with family, or try something new. So in the spirit of New Year’s, here are five fictional literary characters to draw inspiration from for the new year:
1. Beauty (from Beauty and the Beast)
Think about it: she actually agreed to trade places with her father and became a beast’s prisoner. That’s a pretty great example of selflessness.
2. Jane Eyre
Where to begin? She is kind enough to visit her dying aunt when she begs her to come, despite the aunt’s cruelty to Jane as a child. Yet Jane isn’t a pushover; she stands up for what she knows to be right by leaving Thornfield and Mr. Rochester after…well, if you’ve read the book then you know, and if you haven’t I won’t spoil it for you. All in all she shows incredible kindness and removes herself from an environment which she knows will be a temptation.
3. Remus Lupin (from Harry Potter)
Lupin was bitten by a werewolf as a child and hence turned into one himself, but instead of dwelling in self-pity he pursued his studies at Hogwarts and became one of the school’s best professors and one of the bravest men. It’s so easy to bemoan any kind of personal handicap we may experience, whether a chronic illness or even a broken bone, but Lupin is an inspiration to persevere and stay positive.
Speaking of staying positive, Pollyanna sees the good in everything. This isn’t to say you should make light of truly difficult or painful events, but it’s also important to retain hope.
5. Samwise Gamgee (from Lord of the Rings)
Who wouldn’t want a friend like Sam? Even when he couldn’t really help, he was there with Frodo so he knew he wasn’t alone. And sometimes, that’s all we really need.
I hope these characters inspired you as much as they inspired me! What other characters would you add to the list and what other resolutions have you made, if any?
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And finally, Happy New Year!!
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