Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Top 10 Rebels in Literature

Question: Top 10 Rebels in Literature

Answer: This week we celebrate those literary characters that stood up for what they believed!

  1. Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) – Atticus didn’t have a cool motorcycle or spiky hair, but he fought for what was right, despite what was easy. 
  2. Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind) – Rhett marched to his own music and had plenty of style doing it.
  3. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) – This was a great book for Neville.  We knew he always had it in him and when he emerged from the portrait his legacy as a rebel was indisputable.
  4. Elphaba Thropp (Wicked) – Even though we liked the musical 1000 times better than the book, it’s still impossible to ignore Elphaba’s spirit.  She definitely knew how to Defy Gravity!
  5. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) – With the help of Peeta, this remarkable girl inspired all of Dystopian North America to take action against an evil regime.   
  6. Guy Montag (Fahrenheit 451) – Guy may very well be the most noble of all the rebels considering his stance against book burning
  7. The Help (The Help) – With only a few chapters left to go, it seems appropriate that we should include Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter in this week’s list.  What a good book (so far)!
  8. Equality 7-2521 (Anthem) – This unique character was willing to risk everything for freedom and love.
  9. Aliena (Pillars of the Earth) – She rebelled against some of the most wickedly vile males in all of literature – over and over and over again.
  10. Winston Smith (Nineteen Eighty-Four) – Anyone brave enough to rebel against Big Brother deserves a spot on our list. 
Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. I had Skeeter and Katniss on my list, too. I think you are right, Neville Longbottom was a rebel! Good call.

  2. Some very good choices! Guy Montag! Neville! Elphaba!!!

  3. Nice list all around. I agree particularly with the addition of Elphaba to your list (and yes, the musical was way better than the book).

  4. I, too, included Atticus Finch. And Aibileen and Minny from THE HELP.

    I like your choice of Winston Smith from 1984. I'd forgotten him. :)

    Rhett Butler I'm still thinking about...!

  5. I have Katniss on my list and I've seen a lot of characters from The Help on these lists, but I haven't read it yet.

    Check out my list at The Scarlet Letter .

  6. oooh, definitely Rhett. I love that book and he was one of the best things about it.

  7. OH MY GOD, I can't believe I forgot about Rhett!! He's totally a rebel! I love that you're loving The Help too, I just bought it and have heard actually the best things about it!