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Volume 12 : 11 November 2012
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Influence that Fictional Characters in English Literature Can Have
on an Individual Psyche

Fizza Peerbhoy Nambiar, B.Ed., M.A.


This paper on the influence that fictional characters in English literature can have on an individual psyche is aimed at honoring fictional legends. Oscar Wilde rightly says in his quote:

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” It is the truth behind these words that the paper has endeavored to illuminate. Reading educates us without us knowing or forecasting its full learning and impact. Having said this, it is only right to acknowledge the tools through which we so rightly become literate – Characters!

This paper is a tribute to all fictional characters in the mystical history of English literature who have touched our lives in their own unique and permanent way. The relevance of a paper on a topic like the one selected will cease to die out as long as there is a single person left who appreciates the art of reading. From the oratory, inspiring and heroic monologues of Mark Anthony to the heart wrenching please, cries and transformations of the innocent Edmond Dantes, literary characters have in the past and will continue in the future to teach us lessons. Lessons whose impact the readers may not feel immediately or consciously, but will learn from, use and carry with them for a lifetime. The relevance of a paper titled thus is simple: It celebrates literary characters and gives us a glimpse into what made them who they are.

On a deeper level, the relevance of this paper becomes more complex yet easier to understand. If reading the legendary story of Cinderella has influenced you in the slightest and smallest way – this paper is relevant. If you have ever felt like admonishing the goblins while reading ‘The Tales of Noddy’, this paper has demonstrated its relevance. If you have felt like fighting alongside Harry Potter to defeat Voldemort or putting out cookies and milk to welcome Santa Clause, then this paper has only begun to illuminate the depth of its relevance. As mentioned above, this paper on the influence of literary characters is aimed at honoring fictional legends and the silent impact they have had on the lives of readers from the beginning of time. Characters have been chosen keeping in mind their appeal and the special place they enjoy in the hearts of their readers:Through this paper and its characters like Albus Dumbledore, Cinderella and Sherlock Holmes, the author has attempted to make people conscious of the roles they play and the vast treasures of knowledge and experience we can learn from if we are consciously looking for and learning from what they endeavor to teach us. A sincere attempt has been made to reiterate and share their vast wisdom by quoting select inspirational quotes and dialogues.

This is only the beginning part of the article. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE IN PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION.

Fizza Peerbhoy Nambiar, B.Ed., M.A.
Indus International School – Pune
576, Bhukum,
Tal. Mulshi,
District: Pune 412 115
Maharashtra, India

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