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11/20/10 4:37 P

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I just finished reading Marie Correlli's *Wormwood.* I must say: Heloise is one hell of a heroine. emoticon

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8/11/10 8:39 P

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CHIPPEE: Your post got ME thinking in return!

Your choice of heroine is great. But her name "Marmee" made me think of MERIMEE, who wrote a novella called "Carmen."

Carmen is one of the few figures in fiction who is really an ideal heroine for me. She's savage, sexual, completely independent, and raw. I love her strength and her poor attitude.

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8/10/10 9:09 P

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A good questions that really had me thinking. On the way to work today I thought of the first - Marmee in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
I've loved Little Women since I was a girl and have identified with first Amy, then Meg, and most recently Beth since I suffer from anxiety in recent years. (I never really related to Jo.)
Marmee is a quietly remarkable woman who has raised her daughters to be strong, educated, open-minded, and good human beings. She taught each, while not perfect, to be her own woman, able to face adversity, rise above pettines and other negatives.
Marmee embodies all of the things she taught her "little women". She may be quiet, and not given too much attention in the book, but, in my opinion, she is a heroine.

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8/9/10 12:23 P

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One of my favorite female characters (though I'm not sure I'd call her my heroine) is Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I always loved the way she spoke her mind.



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8/9/10 6:10 A

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I don't think I have read any novels with any female character that I would call my heroine... many of the female characters are doomed... or insignificant. Cathy in Wutherine Heights not a heroine at all! I took some pleasure in Medea and her revenge on Jason... but then she murdered children... as well as her rival! I need to read more.

I am enjoying Madame Bovary - I can identify with her, but she is not a heroine!

This team has really inspired me to read literature - proper fiction. I want to read more female writers and find a female heroine.

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8/8/10 8:58 P

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Anyone else have some noteworthy heroines? Which female characters have inspired YOU? emoticon

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Antigone is really a great heroine...I agree! On the other hand, she holds too tightly to patriarchal values for my taste. Yet on the other hand, again, she shows so much courage.

Choosing a female hero is hard for me. I realize just now that I gravitate toward female ANTI-heroes. I like women like Sue Bridehead, Eustacia Vye...heroines of the Thomas Hardy type -- heroines that you really shouldn't call heroines.

If I had to choose one though, it would be Anne Shirley from *Anne of Green Gables.* When I read Montgomery's series as a little girl, it inspired my course as an English instructor. I wanted to BE Anne Shirley.

...my secret is, that I STILL want to be Anne Shirley.

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Apologies if this is too far off, as it's not actually a novel, but I find Antigone (of the Sophocles play of the same name) to be a really inspiring heroine. She is courageous, principled, and loving, and she maintains her dignity and integrity even in the face of death. I also love the way she speaks, so passionately and eloquently, and with a touch of biting wit.

I read Antigone while I was actually on tour in Greece and having some issues with coworkers. I was inspired by her to maintain my integrity (among other things, standing up for someone I felt was being unfairly treated) even though I knew it would adversely affect my standing within the group. I am very, very glad that I acted the way I did.

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But you have to be small to do it! I'll get there someday...


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Who are your favorite heroines in novels? How have these women inspired you?

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