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Top 5 Inspirational Fictional Women Characters
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There are many unforgettable girls and women that we have met in the pages of a book or on a movie screen. They stay with us long after we have finished reading a novel and watching a movie. In times of gloom and despair, their journey inspires us. In times of chaos and confusion, their optimism comforts us.
The reason these fictional women characters stay with us is the emotional intimacy we feel with them. Here are the top 5 inspirational fictional women characters that can be your friend or guide on a lonely day.
1. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
The witty protagonist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet lives life on her terms. Called ‘Lizzie’ by her friends and family, she is a confident and well-read woman who cannot be intimidated by anyone. She is not ready to give in to the demands of the society that want her to marry for status, not for love.
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.”- Elizabeth Bennet
2. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)
The titular protagonist of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre loves her freedom and independence. She is a survivor. Despite being tormented by her aunt and later in the school hostel during her childhood, she grows up to be an independent and confident woman. Jane will never do something that she does not want to, whether it is marriage or becoming a nun. She loves deeply and yet she won’t let love take away her freedom.
“I am no bird, and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre
3. Josephine March (Little Women)
Josephine March or Jo from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is smart, outspoken, strong-willed, and ready to do anything for her family even if it means she has to raise cash by cutting off her hair. Jo struggles and defies the expectations of society regarding how a woman should carry themselves. Moreover, she is a writer and unlike her sisters, she is uninterested in marriage.
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” ~ Jo March
4. Celie (The Color Purple)
The protagonist and narrator of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Celie is an inspiring fictional character. When we first meet her, she is a victim. She is violently mistreated by her step-father and then her husband. As the novel advances, Celie finds her strength and courage through the power of forgiveness and love. She transforms from a wounded woman into an independent, confident, and compassionate one.
“Until you do right by me, everything you think about is going to crumble.”- Celie
5. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
It is impossible to imagine J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter without Hermione Granger. She performs the majority of magic in the trio’s adventures and is the topper of her class. Due to her compassionate heart, she campaigns for the rights of house-elves. She is witty, intelligent, unapologetically bossy, and stands up for her beliefs. She does not conform to social norms and is extremely loyal to her friends.
“I mean you could claim anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist.” – Hermione Granger
These five women have continued to inspire readers over the years. They defied society and lived life on their terms.
If you ever need a friend, pick one of the books and befriend the woman protagonist.
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