Jan 1, 2011

A Top 10

The Top 10 Handsome Men in Classic Literature:

(These are in no particular order, as picking 10 was hard enough)

Gilbert Blythe, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
*Who could resist his curly hair and Canadian "sore-y"s? He is everything that Anne needs.
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
*Of course. This list would not be complete without him. He might start off as seeming arrogant, but we (and Elizabeth) realize by the end that it was just a cover for his shyness.
John Thornton, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
*He is very similar to Darcy, but he wins over Margaret's heart at the end.
Mr. Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
*I consider Mr. Tilney Austen's best hero. He is so friendly, and kind, with a slight joking side to him. He is perfect for the dreamy Catherine.
Sydney Carton, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
*He seems a jerk throughout the whole book (probably because he is a little), but that is just because he is so in love with Lucy Manette. This love causes him to make one of the biggest and most beautiful sacrifices in all of literature.
Peter Pevensie, The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
*I have been in love with High King Peter since I was eight years old. I don't know what it is about him . . . maybe the way he watches over his family, or he accepts Aslan's decrees, but he has always been one handsome man/boy in my mind.
Theodore Lawrence, Little Women by Lousia May Alcott (You've got to scroll a little bit to get to his description)
*Though Lairie goes through a stage of jerkiness after Jo refuses his proposal, he is such a good friend to all the March girls that it is hard not to like him.
Peter Pan, Peter Pan by JM Barrie
*Technically not a man, but who wouldn't go to Neverland without a second thought if Peter Pan showed up at their window?
Dickon Sowerby, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
*Again, not technically a man, but he is my favorite character in The Secret Garden.
Mr. George Knightley, Emma by Jane Austen
*He is the perfect balance for Emma's strong (and snobbish) nature. He is kind to everyone he knows.

Colonel Brandon (Sense and Sensibility)
Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet)
Sir Percival Blakeney, Baronet (The Scarlet Pimpernel)

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