Fireside Fridays ~ My Favorite Female Protagonists

After a bit of a delay, I’m here with the post on my favorite female characters.  Enjoy, and tell me who yours are, because I’d love to know!

1) Eowyn (Lotr)

I absolutely love the way Tolkien handles femininity with her.  In fact, I can’t think of another book that so sensitively and wisely depicts the minds and hearts of women and the struggle between what we think we want and what we really want.  I love how he shows that true freedom comes from submitting to your true role and purpose and that there is honor and fulfillment in other things besides fighting and being tough.

2) Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)

The way she sees the world, her love for Atticus, her simple, honest perception of things, her bluntness and yet sensitivity to how others are feeling … I just love Scout.  Harper Lee did a masterful job of capturing the way kids think and using their perceptions to highlight the hypocrisy and injustice of the world.  I also love seeing her grow and mature without losing her unique, spunky nature.

3) Maddie Kalladorne (Legends of the Guardian-King)

Because it’s not often where you find a girl character that’s not pretty or charming or your  typical alluring girl heroine. She doesn’t like socializing, she’s plain, she’s too smart for a girl, and she often sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong.  Yet, for all this, she’s also wise, devoted to the Light, and caring toward others.  Plus, I love seeing how her relationship with Abramm grows from annoyance on both sides to comraderie to love.

4) Una  (Heartless)

Because I am Una.  Okay, so I’m not the princess of Parumvir, my face doesn’t get blotches on it when I’m embarrassed, and I’ve never been to the Twelve-Year Market, but otherwise, I’m her.  I’ve ignored and rejected the only One who can ever love me perfectly, I’ve traded my heart for destructive fire, and yet I’ve been loved by the One with the sword that brings life. Una’s tale is so heartbreaking and beautiful and relatable.

5) Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

I love how real she is—she made a mistake with Wickham and she has prejudices.  However, none of that diminishes how loving she is toward her family, her humility when she realizes she was wrong, and her spunky wittiness.

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13 thoughts on “Fireside Fridays ~ My Favorite Female Protagonists

  1. *pounces* Heroines! Hum…I love all of Tolkien’s female protagonists (including the Sil). One of my other favorite female characters (not necessarily main protagonist) is Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She seems a lot like me in her love of books and learning, but she still explores and matures the greater themes of friendship, love, etc. in the books.
    “I’m not as good as you,” said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.
    “Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things–friendship and bravery and–oh Harry–be careful!” (Sorcerer’s Stone)

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    1. Oh, yes, there were so many to choose from in Sil that I sort of gave up. xD I haven’t read HP, but from what I’ve heard about Hermoine, I like her. =) In fact, I apparently look her and have similar expressions (you know, intense and studious and all that). *grins* I love that quote and your analysis of her. Thanks for sharing!

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      1. To be fair, I haven’t read all the books yet, so we probably have seen different sides of her. I love her in the movies because she goes to war, and she fights despite people telling her that she doesn’t belong on the battlefield. That’s the type of person I look up too 😄 I don’t want to rattle the opinions of others though :/ My opinions tend to do that…

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        1. Oh, I don’t mind your opinions. I love seeing how people view things differently. If we all thought the same way, life would be horribly boring. :/ Never fear to tell me what you think (’cause I’ll do the same to you 😉 ). Anyway, yeah, I can see why you like that. I admire her courage and desire to fight for what she believes in. However, I like her mostly because she learned that fighting didn’t satisfy her like she expected, which is kind of the opposite of why you like her, but still. *grins* She’s awesome.

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          1. Exactly, she’s awesome. Some people are up for fighting, and some people aren’t (whether that is a gender thing or not is up in debate) the point is that she tried it, and she made a decision based on experience – not based on people telling her what she should like or dislike. I respect people who understand what they want and try it out.

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  2. I love what you said about Una- you’ve perfectly captured why she’s one of my favorite female protagonists as well.
    Another female protagonist I love is Ashley Stalworth. I think part of the reason why is that I feel like I can really relate to her desire to do things all on her own. Also, she’s just a really cool character.

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    1. Thank you! And Ashley was one of the people I was going to pick! It was hard to choose only five. x) Anyway, yes, I like her independence, and I can really relate to her struggles to trust God and not only rely on her brain.

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