by Robyn Grady
What’s your pleasure? Tortured? Honorable? A man up against all odds?
My choice is…all three!
My daughter is studying Wuthering Heights this semester. Heathcliffe is one of my favourite heroes (anti-hero) …dark, brooding, single-minded in his thirst for revenge. Brought to the Heights as an orphaned gypsy child, the reader never learns Heathcliffe’s true name, but from page one, his nature is clear. He is untouched by anyone and anything - save his beloved Cathy. For centuries women have fallen for Heathcliffe… or, more correctly, the idea of having the affections of a man so devoted that he would willingly sell his soul for despair of lost love. A most hypnotic, unhonourable man.
If we’re looking for an honourable hero, who can go past James Fenimore Cooper’s Hawkeye from The Last of the Mohicans.
"You be strong, you survive... You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you. I will find you!"
Oh, for a man who will expend his entire energy making sure that “you” are safe.
A more current hero of a different breed is Casino Royale's James Bond. Steely beyond belief, without fear, dedicated to the woman he loves. Best quote:
Vesper Lynd: If the only thing left of you was your smile and your little finger, you'd still be more of a man than anyone I've ever known.
James Bond: That's because you know what I can do with my little finger...
Hmm…the man does have a big gun.
Then there’s the hero who wins against all odds. Don’t try to keep him down because he has what it takes to succeed and do it with a charisma that brings us to our knees. Meet Emmanuel Kelly!