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The 10 Most Divisive Characters in Literary History?

Annotation:Post on TheAtlantic.com Identifying 10 literary characters that some people love, some people hate, some people love to hate, etc.

The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye By Salinger, J. D., 1919-2010 (Book - 2001 ) CLASSICS FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 21

Annotation:Holden Caulfield: “Either you found him a kindred spirit in your youth and continue to sympathize with him — less blindly, more wistfully — as you age; or else you found him a whiner then and you find him a whiner now.” Austin Allen

Six Degrees of Separation
Six Degrees of Separation A Play By Guare, John (Book - 1990 ) 812 Guare and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Included because of Paul's amazing monologue about Catcher in the Rye and the influence of Holden Caulfield.

Lolita
Lolita By Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 (Paperback - 1989 ) CLASSICS FIC N and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Humbert Humbert, pedophile as tragic hero?

Lolita
Lolita (DVD - 2007 ) DVD MOVIE L and more… All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:James Mason plays Humbert Humbert in the 1962 Kubrick film.

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet By Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 (Book - 2006 ) 822.33-U3 and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Romeo - romantic hero or teenage idiot?

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (DVD - 2006 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Leonardo DiCaprio plays Romeo in Baz Luhrman's 1996 film. Updated setting with Shakespeare's original dialog.

Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind By Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 (Book - 2008 ) CLASSICS FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Is Scarlett O'Hara truly motivated by love? Or is she a spoiled brat?

Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind (DVD - 2009 ) DVD MOVIE G and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 32

Annotation:Vivian Leigh plays Scarlett in the classic 1939 film.

Twilight
Twilight By Meyer, Stephenie, 1973- (Paperback - 2008 ) FIC M All copies in use Availability details Holds: 9

Annotation:Is Bella Swan a great romantic heroine, giving up everything for love, or is she a throwback in vampire guise?

Twilight
Twilight (DVD - 2009 ) DVD MOVIE T and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 4

Annotation:Kristen Stewart plays Bella in the Twilight films.

Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights By Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848 (Book - 2003 ) CLASSICS FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Heathcliff! The ultimate tragic romantic hero or a cruel and vindictive villain?

Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights (DVD - 2009 ) DVD MOVIE W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Tom Hardy plays Heathcliff in this television movie shown on PBS.

Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary Provincial Lives By Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880 (Book - 2003 ) CLASSICS FIC F and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Emma Bovary, tragic romantic heroine or childish, adulterous drama queen?

Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary (DVD - 2003 ) DVD 792.9 M All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Francesca Annis plays Emma Bovary in this BBC adaptation.

Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary By Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880 (Downloadable Audiobook - 2011 ) Check availability»

Annotation:Emma Bovary, tragic romantic heroine or childish, adulterous drama queen?

American Psycho
American Psycho A Novel By Ellis, Bret Easton (Book - 1991 ) FIC E and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Our favorite serial killer? While Wall Street psycho Patrick Bateman is unquestionably a villain, the elite lifestyle he details to readers is admired by some.

American Psycho
American Psycho (DVD - 2005 ) DVD MOVIE A and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:Christian Bale portrays serial killer Patrick Bateman in the film adaptation of Ellis's novel.

The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth By Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 (Book - 1985 ) CLASSICS FIC W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Does Lily Bart bring about her own downfall? Is she a self-involved party girl, a victim of circumstances, or is the answer more complex?

The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth (DVD - 2001 ) DVD 792.9 H and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 5

Annotation:Gillian Anderson portrays the doomed Lily Bart in this film adaptation.

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What do you think? In a March 2012 post on theatlantic.com, these 10 characters were suggested as the most divisive characters in literature, the characters we can't quite make up our minds about. Do you love them or hate them?


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