In the midst of preparing Thursday's Write On! lesson plan on character development, I found myself wasting a good hour browsing my favorite books, pulling excerpts to use as examples of good characterization.
The trouble? I have so many! Anne Shirley, Huck Finn, Emma Woodhouse, Harry Potter, Jeeves & Bertie Wooster, Mrs. Dalloway, Jo March, Inman, Sam Spade, Miss Marple, Richard Jury, Champage D'Vyne, Antonia, Sir Toby Belch, Gogol Ganguli, Elizabeth Bennett, Mr. Darcy, Nancy Drew, Turtle Greer, Ellen Foster, Bigger Thomas, Atticus Finch, Janie, Tea Cake, Cathy Ames and Jay Gatsby. My poor student could potentially sit for hours at my kitchen table listening to me go on and on and on reading about my very favorite characters. And that's just a rough list!
The agony of having a student so ill-read--he has almost NO literary background. I truly wonder what, if anything, he has read as part of his home-school experience. It breaks my heart that he has almost no point of reference, so consequently I ambush him with examples from books to get him interested and hopefully get his library card out of his pocket.
Spill it, reader, who are your favorite literary characters?
Off to browse my shelves some more!