Day 15: Favorite Male Character
We’re now at the halway point in the fun (for me anyway) 30 Day Book Challenge. Today’s topic, “Favorite Male Character” was a no-brainer.
My favorite male fictional character is Atticus Finch of To Kill A Mockingbird. As I saw the movie for the first of many times long before I picked up Harper Lee’s novel, Gregory Peck is firmly entenched in my mind as Atticus and I cannot read the book without hearing his voice (just as the narration of the book when I’m reading it in my head always sounds just like the actress who narrated the movie). I do want to state right here and now that I feel that Gregory Peck was perhaps the finest actor this country ever produced — better than my close second and third favorites, James Stewart and Henry Fonda.
For a while I even wanted to be Atticus Finch — I truly admired his devotion to his children and his standing up for what he believed was right in the name of justice. He had a gentle disposition but could take action when it was needed. He was flawed, and freely admitted those short-comings, but he still tried his best to be a great father and a good friend. I used to wish that Harper Lee had written a follow-up to let us know what happened to the characters in To Kill A Mockingbird. I would have liked to have known what the next case that Atticus tried was. Or, did Scout ever get married and to whom? But I finally realized that any book she wrote after her grand sole novel would have been compared endlessly to the first and probably wouldn’t have been judged on its own merits. I believe she was quite right not to write anything else in this respect. It would have been very difficult to craft as fully-formed characters as those in To Kill A Mockingbird.