Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday 5 - Characters

  1. Drizzt Do'Urden
Drizzt Do’Urden is a classic character written by R.A. Salvatore, known to just about every reader of fantasy. His heroic traits and tragic past all lift him up above so many other heroes written in the genre. He battles with himself almost as he much as he battles those who mean to do him and his friends harm. He appears to always be striving for the love of those who live on the surface, looking for acceptance amongst a people bent on pinning the common (and much deserved) drow stereotype on him. While the drow are for the most part, a despicably evil race bent on the destruction of all other races, Drizzt has risen above the values or lack thereof of the rest of the drow. His values model those elves of the surface rather than the underdark. Drizzt does find friends; friends that wear loyalty like a suit of armor, proud and valiantly. His friends mirror him in their allegiance to loyalty. Drizzt Do’Urden is a white knight with dark skin, brilliant and deadly blades, and a heart of gold.
  1. Matrim Cauthon
Matrim Cauthon is a character that provides as much comic relief as fierceness. His character in the Wheel of Time series changed as often as he diced. Most of his change appeared through acts of fate and the few choices that he made. While parts of the wiley youth still survived his many ordeals, throughout the series they began to take on more adult aspects. In the end, his character became one of my favorite personalities because of his seemingly uncaring nature that was a front for a man of values, loyalty, and honor that he did his absolute best to hide.
  1. Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson is very much like most of the other YA heroes that appeared in the genre. However, Rick Riordan wrote him extremely well. We watched Percy transform into the confident yet mostly humble youth who struggled with his emotions before eventually doing what he had to for the sake of the world. All-in-all, Percy is a likable character that you can’t help but root for. He is loyal and knows the value of friendship.
  1. Harry Potter
It’s hard to find a reason to not like Harry Potter from the beginning. We started out watching Harry have everything against him, including his own family. Harry brought friends to him that we extremely similar to him in one very important way. They were loyal to those who cared about them. The odds never seem to change for Harry throughout his saga. Yes, he always found a way to deal with the problems that arose for him, but he still had those problems cropping up out of the woodwork for him. With the help of his friends, Harry succeeded where many protagonists may have faltered.
  1. Arya Stark
Arya Stark was born to privilege, but you’d never guess it if you had met her. She is the kind of royal born that we all imagine that we would be. Playing outside in our expensive silks and coming in dirty having just beat the local butcher’s boy in a mock sword fight. Yes, she is a woman in a world where that seems to mean that she should be weak. But, she is far from it. She struggles through things that most adult males in her world would probably be found curled up in the corner in the fetal position. She is strong of mind and body throughout the story. I see her accomplishing important things in her tale, one of which very well could be rebuilding the Stark name as rulers of the North.