30-Day Book Challenge

Day 15: Favorite Male Character(s) - Atticus Finch (from To Kill a Mockingbird), Rudy Steiner (from The Book Thief), and Charlie (from the Perks of Being a Wallflower).

I simply could not pick just one favorite male character, just as I could not pick one favorite book or one favorite author; I just have so many! But I tried very hard and narrowed it down to three of my top favorite male characters (in no specific order, I love them all). So, here goes.

1. Atticus Finch. How could anyone dislike Atticus? He’s an amazing father, lawyer, neighbor, and overall human being. Atticus always does what he believes to be right and fair and raises his children to act the same way. He sees everyone as equals and does not discriminate against anyone. Several great life lessons can be learned from Atticus Finch and I believe if the world were filled with people like him, it would be a much better place.

2. Rudy Steiner. Ehhhh, my heart. Every time I think about Rudy, I immediately focus on the unfairness of the events that transpired during his life (I’m trying as hard as I can not to spoil the endings of any of these books, so I’ll shut up about the sadness now, even though Death tells you pretty early on what happens to all of the characters that you grow to love) and just want to curl up and cry. However, I’ll try to stick to the positives about Rudy as a characters, because there are plenty of those. Rudy, too, is another person who does not see things as black and white. Perhaps this is because he is a child and his mind is still innocent, but Rudy as a whole is good and pure. He may get in to mischief at times, but that is just because he is a child. The fact that he is so good and sweet to Liesel, who is in desperate need of a friend after all she’s been through, just makes me want to scoop him up and hug him. I also believe that there should be more Rudy Steiners in the world.

3. Charlie (I don’t recall his last name). Charlie is just a lovable character. He’s also sweet and pure. Although he’s entered high school, his mind functions in a similar way that Rudy’s does. His thoughts and the ways he views the world are childlike, though he is far more intelligent than a child. He also does not see things in black and white. He’s always looking for the goodness in people. Despite his friend’s flaws, he loves them and is grateful to finally have people to talk to and hang around after losing someone very close to him. Although he is a bit awkward and quirky, his intentions are always good and he is truthful no matter what the consequences might be for being so, which is why more people should also be like Charlie.

So basically I just wish all these characters existed in real life. They’re all great people who mean well and society would greatly benefit from taking a few lessons from them. And that’s why Atticus, Rudy and Charlie are three of my favorite male characters from books.