I love to hate certain famous jerks in literature. They get me worked up, and in the process of my ranting over them, I find that I’m enjoying myself.
Can you name these famous literary jerks? One point each for the character name and the work’s title.
- From a 19th century novel:
You are welcome to torture me to death for your amusement, only allow me to amuse myself a little in the same style.
2. From an early 17th century play:
And what’s he then that says I play the villain? When this advice is free I give and honest?
3. From an ancient epic:
No more entreating, dog, by knees or parents. I only wish my fury would compel me to cut away your flesh and eat it raw for what you’ve done. No one can keep the dogs off of your head, not if they brought me ransom of ten or twenty times as much, or more.
4. From a 20th century novel:
Between the age limits of nine and fourteen there occur maidens who, to certain bewitched travelers, twice or many times older than they, reveal their true nature which is not human, but nymphic (that is, demoniac); and these chosen creatures I propose to designate as ‘nymphets.’
5. A 20th century poem, the subject, not the speaker:
In the picture I have of you, / a cleft in your chin instead of your foot / but no less a devil for that
What characters do you love to hate?
Answers: 1. Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights 2. Iago, Othello 3. Achilles, Iliad 4. Humbert Humbert, Lolita 5. Plath’s Father, “Daddy”