Another fun Bout of Books challenge, hosted over at Lulo Fangirl.
This is a favorite character face-off:
Opponent #1: Pip from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Cons: He stumbles through life fixated upon trying to change who he is to please another.
Pros: He learns the truth of life, and develops a strong sense of duty towards protecting another that did right by him.
Opponent #2: Antonia from My Antonia by Willa Cather
Cons: To be honest, I can't think of much?
Pros: She acknowledge the earth around her and went through her entire life with a love for the land that never faltered. She understood that ones happiness is their own truth and that it doesn't need to be hinged on societal expectations.
Winner: Why Pip, of course!
Even though Antonia is amazing and beautiful, and looks at the world through eyes that allow her to see the beauty all around, I just love Pip and always will. He is a relatable character, in the sense that most people struggle to find their place in the world and have to learn the harsh lessons of life that he did. I also really admire people who stand up and helps others, even in situations when it goes against the norm or even the law. No character has ever really topped Pip for me since I read Great Expectations.