Literary Heroes

As I read I am continually struck by how literary heroes I encounter in novels do nothing to make accepting the realities of what (or whom) is actually out there any easier.    Elizabeth Bennett encounters the arrogant and off-putting Darcy, only to come to find him to be really not so bad as the novel concludes, and women to this day seem to swoon over the guy.  This has set up countless women to think they can actually experience a similar lovely metamorphosis in that boorish man-child they just met.  Sadly, it is not to be so. While in kindergarten it was pulling pigtails and telling saying we have cooties, as adults it is the not calling but letting us think you were interested in us because they are not man enough to say at the end of the date, “yeah, let’s not do this again, sorry.”  I guess despite Darcy, or any other bookish girls fantasy man, the sad fact is, they are a fantasy and not the reality.  There will never be a guarantee of the “meet-cute” in real life, the silly and inane way the two destined-for-life-and-love-and-passion characters meet in a book.  I admit I am particularly guilty of getting wrapped up in the literary fantasy men.  I guess as escapism and for pure fun it is not so bad, but as for being any model for how to conduct a real life relationship, I know it is imperative to look elsewhere or face total annihilation of the heart.  So sadly while Darcy, Gilbert, Captain Wentworth, etc. remain pretty on the page, they are destined to break your heart in reality.

K

Advertisements

Posted on 03/12/2011, in Books. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You have truth in a lot of what you say girl. However, if I may add, sometimes we, women, we have to step outside our mind sets to actually see what a man is really trying to tell us. It took me a really long time to realize how differently men show their love to us. It is definitely not how we show it to them. But does that mean it is not love? Maybe that's why Mr. Darcy and all the other manly characters of Jane Austens were all so brute but loveable. Did you ever notice how Jane Austen always focused real hard on a tough women who was confident enough to befriend a man. Then over time, through jealousy and fear of actually losing him to another, do these women realize that they see a better person in him. These tough women, all, eventually find a way to see the truth in the mens characters and actions. But it all happens over 'TIME'… That's always the main point in all the stories. A guy needs a lot of time with a woman and women to finally realize which one he can't live without. Just keep in mind that a woman who respects herself, is the one he too will respect… Men will push for quick fast relationships, but the one they stick to in the end is the one that took the longest and most effort 🙂 Great write Kris! 🙂

  2. You are SO on to something Chica. Look especially at Captain Wentworth in Persuasion. Anne Elliot has spent 8 years regretting the decision to turn down his marriage proposal, and when she meets him again she comes to actually discover he has spent the 8 years remaining in love with her. Amazing!!!! Thanks for reading and commenting Chica :0)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Life with Colleen Mary

..and the occasional iced caramel latte.

ultimatemindsettoday

A great WordPress.com site

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

Everyday Asperger's

Life through the eyes of a female with Aspergers

Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog is a digital youth culture magazine dedicated to your stories and ideas.

The Hermit

Lil Hamilton Author Blog and Nikki Albert Freelancer

World of Woodnuts

Pop cartoons and artwork to inspire and entertain

Fisticuffs and Shenanigans

It was all fun and games, until the fisticuffs and shenanigans... -Deutschmarc

Climb to the Stars

life, love, books

Random things from G

Interesting stuff from around my Life.

TyroCharm

This is a novice attempt at expressing all the voices in my head

The Chocoholic Confessions

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this WordPress.com site

Daily (w)rite

A DAILY RITUAL OF WRITING

Unveiling the Veil

About Muslim Women. For Muslim Women. By a Muslim Woman.

The Bipolar Bum

Backpacking and Bipolar II. Taking Manic Depression on tour.

Deborah Harkness

life, love, books

Cassandra Clare

life, love, books

Making memories

inesemjphotography

Paul Militaru

Photography Portfolio

I Remember You Well

Things were happening... and I remember there was music playing.

Raising Hell

9-5+ working single mom. Occasionally accidentally funny. I've raised my fair share of hell over the years. Now I get to parent my own little hell raiser.

JD Kittles Photography

Sharing My Passion For Photography since 2006

%d bloggers like this: