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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Great Wednesday Compare #8- Anne Shirley VERSUS Elizabeth Bennet


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Lady Macbeth VERSUS Atticus Finch), with a final score of 8-5 was Anne Shirley.

Atticus Finch. Gone. Certainly a classic character if there ever was one. Though I was intrigued by Niranjana and Nicola's comments that they were perhaps letting their Gregory Peck appreciation skew their view of Atticus. I was intrigued because I've not seen the movie and still think he's a great character. But when I think back to To Kill a Mockingbird, which I absolutely loved, I think Scout sticks out in my memory more. Yes Atticus was the one with all the ethics, and we're supposed to think of him a "good guy," but is that necessarily a great character? Certainly he was a strong character, but it's hard to separate that from his morals. On the opposite side of things, Lolita's Humbert Humbert is a great character, but he's absolutely loathsome. Despite how much we might like Atticus, I wonder if he's as well developed. He's described through Scout's point of view after all.

Moving on to the next contender, Anne's got some serious competition this week.

Vote in the comment section below before April 5th: Who is the better character?


9 comments:

Kate said...

This is another tough choice, as I love both of these characters! I even had cats named after Lizzy and Darcy at one point... However, my vote is going to have to go with:
Anne Shirley.
She has been with me through my whole life, and I go back and re-read her books at least once a year. Plus you get to see her develop from a girl through adulthood, and then get to see her through the eyes of her children if you read through all of the books.

niranjana said...

Damn! Buridan's ass rides into the Book Mine Set.
Since no rational decision is possible, I'll go with Anne because A comes before E.

Allison said...

Sticking with Anne!

gypsysmom said...

It has to be Anne. She's got spunk, creativity and perseverance. Elizabeth had good clothes. No contest as far as I'm concerned.

Cozy in Texas said...

Difficult choice, but Anne Shirley.
Ann

Loni said...

This is a tough choice. I think I'm going with Anne Shirley.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going to have to continue the Anne streak. Elizabeth Bennet lacks in the spunk department.

Bybee said...

Elizabeth B.

Melwyk said...

Too cruel. I can't choose between these two. I abstain this week!