Fictional Characters I Identify With

It’s always fun to see part of myself in fictional characters. I have more than three, but these are the ones I’ll be sharing today πŸ™‚ I started with the three characters I most identify with.

1. Sam, from Lord of the Rings

I only recently read the entire Lord of the Rings series, and I absolutely loved Sam McGee! He’s a wonderful friend to Frodo, and he is one of very few characters who has almost made me cry, when he thought Frodo was dead, and he said:

😭

The biggest similarity with me and Sam is that he was so not trusting Gollum!! Sam is a little bit street-smart, and I like that. Frodo is just like, la la la, let’s bring him with us. Meanwhile, Sam knows this guy is not to be trusted, and he tries to keep an eye on him. I found Frodo to be too innocent and idealistic, while Sam had good awareness and sensibilities. I like Sam πŸ™‚ PO-TAY-TOES.

2. Guy Montag, from Fahrenheit 451

Guy Montag’s job was to set fire to books, not read them. But once his curiosity is piqued, once he wants to read them… that’s when things get interesting.

Like Guy Montag, I can’t be told what I can and cannot read, what I can and cannot watch. That’s ridiculous.

If I’m told I’m “not supposed to,” that just makes me curious about it! Obviously, I don’t mean illegal things (but then again, in Fahrenheit 451, books are illegal). I mean that I don’t believe in someone else deciding which books are good for me. People can think for themselves and they should be allowed to read as they see fit.

3. Boo Radley, from To Kill a Mockingbird

Boo Radley is a bit of an enigma to the kids in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Boo Radley is a shut-in. The kids throughout the book are curious about him and wonder why he never comes out of his house. They often speculate: Is he hideous? Is there something wrong with him?

It’s not until the end of Chapter 23 that Jem (the little boy in the book) realizes why Boo Radley is a hermit. Jem sees that people treat each other with hate and contempt. They are ugly and mean to each other, and he says:

“I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up in the house all this time . . . it is because he wants to stay inside.”

I’ve had negative experiences with people in the past, and I’m also naturally introverted, so I can spend long periods of time indoors (and that’s before the pandemic). Sometimes I wonder if my neighbors know I exist… πŸ€”

There was also a point in life where I was watching too many news and current events media online, and I was beginning to think that everyone sucked, and I wanted nothing to do with people. I stayed shut up in the house all the time because I wanted to stay inside, just like Boo.

Boo and Scout

Eventually I realized that I was being too pessimistic. Of course there’s some bad people in the world, but there are also many more who are good, decent people. But although I do come out of the house these days, I still feel most comfortable when alone or only with very close friends. So, I saw a lot of myself in this character.

What I like most about Boo Radley is that he did come out of his house to help the children, and in that sense I really admire his character πŸ™‚

((PS: Ironically, To Kill a Mockingbird is a banned book in some places. And of course I read it. I own the book. Guy Montag, remember?😏))


These days, I think that people are mostly good, but I still have my Boo Radley tendencies of not going out much 😁 And like Sam McGee, I have a healthy distrust of certain behaviors, but I’m a good friend overall. Guy Montag’s unwillingness to be fearful of books is also very much me. I love to read!

So these are the characters I most identify with. Do you have any? πŸ™‚

μ•ˆλ…•! Bye! Ciao!

jarilissima

Reading is wonderful πŸ™‚

25 comments

  1. I’m totally with you on Sam! Love him and my favorite part is his loyalty, he follows his friend and does everything possible to help and protect him. I’ve recently finished Silas Marner by George Eliot. I’ve not read it in years and had forgotten how much I love it. Thank you for sharing these pieces of yourself with us! God bless you.πŸ’–

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    • Sam is an amazing friend to Frodo, he’s great πŸ™‚ Frodo annoyed me a little bit! 😁 I just checked out Silas Marner and it looks to be a classic. I will get it on Kindle and give it a read!

      Thank you, and blessings to you and yours 😊

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  2. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird! I’ve read it s few times. We had to read it in high school and I think it’s the only one we were assigned that I actually read all the way through! I can’t imagine why it would be banned, to me it speaks of why racial prejudice is wrong. My favorite part was when Atticus shoots the rabid dog (which in class they said is a symbol of racism). And also when he tells the jury β€œIn the name of God, do your duty!”

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    • It was a very compelling book! I read it for my English degree, so I was older when I got to read it. It was one of the best assigned books in the whole curriculum.

      From what I see online, people complain over “themes of rape and use of profanity and racial slurs.”

      But it does NOT promote rape or racial slurs, so that’s strange to me. *shrugs*

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  3. This is such a fun idea! I love Sam and Boo. Haven’t read or seen Fahrenheit 451, but I’m aware of the story. I’ve recently been making a lot of videos for my YouTube channel and one of the videos I have scheduled is “Top 10 Movies that Spoke to Me.” There are many fictional characters I can identify with. My top characters are Napoleon Dynamite and Nadine from The Edge of Seventeen. I relate to Napoleon’s awkwardness, artsy creativity, befriending of a hispanic classmate, and tendency to dance in front of applauding crowds. There’s a specific line from The Edge of Seventeen that was so relatable it felt like it was me talking. She says: “I… am an old soul. I like old music, and old movies, and even old people. Bottom line, I have nothing in common with the people out there, and they have nothing in common with me.” As a 20 something introvert, that really spoke to me.

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    • “and tendency to dance in front of applauding crowds” LoL That’s so great πŸ˜„ Napoleon was a fun character! Awkward, but he had the confidence to draw that girl and help Pedro campaign πŸ™‚

      I’ve not seen The Edge of Seventeen, but I can relate! Another character I love is Ove, the older man from A Man Called Ove. When I was in my 20’s, Paris Hilton was the popular thing, and I would also say “I have nothing in common with the people out there.” Nadine, I feel ya.

      Thanks for sharing! Keep on dancing! πŸ™‚

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  4. Fabulous topic!πŸ₯° Me too loved To Kill a Mockingbird to the point of being dazed by it! Basically the characters, the kids, Boo and my all time fav Atticus. What would Atticus do? reverberated with me for days haha. As for identifying with which characters will have to give that more thought..πŸ€”πŸ’ƒ

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  5. Yes, Sam is the bomb!!! Every time I watch LotR, I always appreciate the steadfast, loyal, and loving nature of Sam. He’s the best friend we all dream of having! And love the post idea, I have characters I relate to as well and I’ve always been interested to hear from other people what theirs are!

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