Great Books Week 2011- Day 2

Mr. Pumblechook by J. Clayton Clarke ("Kyd"); Watercolour, c. 1900 scanned by George P. LandowIf you’ve chosen a favorite character from Great Expectations, chances are that there’s another character you loathe. That’s the topic for todays blog challenge. But meanwhile, have you noticed the quirky names Dickens give his characters? The funny thing is, each name is a perfect fit. Can you imagine Mr. Pumblechook as a Mr. Smith?

Here is a handy listing of Dickens 900+ characters. Dickens had a gift for naming his characters in a way that suggested something of their appearance or personality. Some of these names, such as Scrooge, are still commonly used as a metaphor for the character trait they embodied.

Here’s the blog challenge question for Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

Who is the Great Expectations character you like the least? Why?

If you’d like to participate in the challenge, write a post on your own blog on the topic of the day, then jump back to this page to leave your post title and link in the comment section so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. You may read the complete background of the challenge on the Day 1 post.

“Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.”

~Jessamyn West