Do you love classical literature, the real literary gold? Then you must have found many characters that truly resemble you or the people around you. Most of the things that they do in their phantasmagoric world of literature connect to us in some way or the other.
Truly quoted by Stephen King, “The primary duty of literature is to tell us the truth about ourselves by telling us lies about people who never existed”, the classical literature builds a bridge that connects our today’s present-day world to the world imagined in the times of ancient Greece and Rome.
8 Literary Characters Every Millennial Can Relate To
1. Jane Eyre
Relatable Character- Jane Eyre
The novel revolves around a young girl Jane Eyre, who values self-respect and self-truth above all. The unloved orphan girl struggles to search for her family and true happiness. Meanwhile, she tries to develop her own identity.
How is she relatable? Jane would literally starve to death but she would never talk to strangers. That’s what introverts do, right?
2. Fahrenheit 451
Relatable Character- The Nameless Woman
The main themes of the novel are conformity, government censorship and the role of media in society. In Bradbury’s dystopian society, owning books is illegal. The government censors all the works of literature.
How is she relatable? The nameless woman would rather love setting herself to fire than burn her books.
Relatable Character- Hamlet
Written by one of the greatest writers in English language, Hamlet is a perfect blend of themes like madness, revenge, religion, mortality, and deceit.
How is he relatable? Hamlet keeps talking to himself. He can’t help wearing black clothes. Every once in a while, he craves for death.
4. Les Misérables
Relatable character- Marius
The themes of this novel are set in France of 1832. It talks about love, redemption, and transformation of a hardened criminal into a soft-hearted man.
How is he relatable? Marius has no idea that the girls of France think him to be quite attractive. Instead, he feels like they are making fun of him and he shies away. Usually, he escapes in the dark so that the people don’t notice his weird jacket.
5. King Lear
Relatable character- King Lear
King Lear is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare, set around King Lear, the elderly king of Britain. It’s all about his decision to retire and divide his kingdom among his three daughters: Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia and the incidents taking place forward.
How is he relatable? King Lear would do anything to make people appreciate and praise him. He uses his power and compels the people to give him compliments.
6. Lord of the Flies
Relatable character- Simon
Set in an unnamed time of war, this novel encircles the adventure of a group of schoolboys in Britain. The novel opens up with how a plane carrying the schoolboys gets crashed on an island and how the boys struggle to survive.
How is he relatable? Simon often runs into the dense forest just to enjoy his solitude. Isn’t it one of the favorite things that we often do, to seek peace.
7. Much Ado about Nothing
Relatable character– Hero
This is one of the Shakespeare’s best comedies, written probably in 1598 or 1599.
How is he relatable? Hero loves to create drama and he would even fake his death for the same.
8. THE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Relatable character- Elizabeth Benett
How is she relatable? Elizabeth holds a strong personality and is an independent spirit. She is quick at deciding what’s right or wrong. She knows well how to deal with various circumstances and pressure.
“Till this moment I never knew myself.”