Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hall of fame - Lit.Charat.

Whew, i finished this post at last. When I saw it @ Prats page, i wanted to flick it, and man, btw the crazy schedule, i had to keep track of this post (a very rare thing forme to do - really sit down and write a blog)
So here is my personal hall of fame...

Howard Roark
I came across him when i was going through a time of doubt and confusion, and he made a lot of sense to me. Though I won’t say that he changed my life, i can never deny the impressions he had in shaping me. The sure foot youth with blazing orange hair, who decided to design his own destiny, he showed me there is nothing a man cannot achieve if he believes in it.

Favorite Dialogue:
"I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one."

John Galt
The striker, the inventor, the one who is not ready to adjust or compromise for others... the ultimate hero is many counts; he showed mass of people may not always be right. He showed there is no point in being intimidated by the majority, and what is more important is to stand up if you think what you do is right, even if the whole world thinks it is not so.

Favorite Dialogue:
I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of
another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

Francisco d'Anconia
Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebastian d'Anconia - the multitalented young genius... who made one of the best cover to mask his true intention... he is the genius of a character - if ever I get a chance to live as a character, I will choose him.

Favorite Dialogue:
The paragraph where he speaks about money and refuting the argument that money is the root of all evil.

Jeeves
Ah, Reginald Jeeves - what do I tell about you, the best 'gentleman's personal gentleman' ever took birth? I like him so much that I named one of my bikes after him... He have saved me from many a moody days, and with his fine and subtle wit and brainy ideas.

Santiago
The old man who taught me that man cannot be defeated, but destroyed. The one who showed me what persistence is all about. The one who said men never give up. He is certainly among top 10 in my hall of fame.


Ari Ben Canaan
The six feet and three inches tall hard rock of a man. The one who braved the difficulties and did what many thought cannot be done. he became the mould for the rough, unpolished and courageous hero in my mind when I read the book first time.

Don Vito Corleone
The Godfather - no one have made me feel the power of the word Power like Don Corleone. The dialogue “I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." is enough to send the waves of power he wields through the skulls and the way he controlled his empire is nothing but a grand game of chess which is worth the prize for best game ever played. .

Sherlock Holms
The imperfectly perfect sleuth... the cocaine snuffing genius. I read his stories when i was a kid and fell in love with his observation and deduction power.

The Jackal
One of the best assassins - it is a treat to read his ways - the subdued violence, the cat and mouse game, and the climax where a perfect plan gets thwarted by a most unpredictable moment... He is one hero who is an anti hero and an anti hero, who is heroic in proportions.


Calvin
The ultimate brat, the adorable pocket bomb. He and his partner in crime – Hobbs, is one package which can send your blues and mood swings to moon. Perhaps my ever favorite cartoon character, he never fails to lit up my face when I read or reread his strips.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome...tho i doubt i can come u with as many listerary characters...i would only come up with comic-strip characters i guess...hahahahahahaha! :D

calvin..the dude has it all...and sherlock holmes - he's like the detective of all times rite? and don corleone...hehe...my cousins call me dad that cuz he's the strict tytpes...hahahaha! i just remembered it and its makin me laugh!

jeeves...ur bike! now i know the character behind it...

nice tag... lemme think of takin it up sometime soon :)
(Preetz - Here I Am)

Love said...

well there are 3 characters that i also have very high regards for...

roark, the Jackal and ofcourse Calvin... i guess i try to imitate a little bit of each of them :D

the_thinker said...

I love Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead ant the Atlas Shrugged. If there is one character I have always admired than its Hank Rearden and Howard Roark. and my fav is
We live in our brains. Existence is an attempt to bring that into some physical reality.

Smokin Joe said...

Not quite of a literary person, still know of a few of these.. was a nice collection i should say, i googled for a few of them.. the best has to be.. calvin ;-) lovable.

d SINNER!!! said...

Santiago taught that to me too. And and and the little boy who accompanied him taught me how and what is having trust, having faith on someone...

:) just love them...

loved the quote by the frst person...

gunj said...

u an Ayn Rand fan too! :D
those characters i doubt if are relevant in real life!

Lena said...

great list for sure .. this post might have required lots of thinking to choose these chatacters from many :)

Meghna said...

Loved this post bro...Calvin certainly features in mine LOL!

Gazal said...

i have several books to read....still

lol

Priya said...

I'd list all of Rand's heroes here! :-) BTW, women conspicuous by their absence ;-) don't tell me you've never found one that can rub shoulders with Roark and Galt!

Winnie the poohi said...

Interesting post :d