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 🙂 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 🙂 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… 🤔
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.
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 🙂
((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? 🙂
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