There are so many different components behind the makings of a brilliant book; plot and characterisation being two key factors!
Nearly always, we find that the protagonist of a story is a human being, either male or female. But what about the supporting characters? We normally judge the leading figure based on how they interact with those around them, who they befriend and who influences them. Though supporting characters sometimes take the back seat, they play a role that is often pivotal to how the story develops.
These characters can be human but they can also be non-human: animals, mythical creatures, even inanimate objects. Here’s a list of our favourites throughout literature!
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Book: Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White
Admirable Traits: Caring, Practical, Creative
Book: The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
Admirable Traits: Wise, Virtuous, Kind
Book: Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
Admirable Traits: Selfless, Brave, Reliable
Book: The BFG - Roald Dahl
Admirable Traits: Compassionate, Gentle, Kind-Hearted
Book: Peter Pan and Wendy - J.M. Barrie
Admirable Traits: Charming, Mischievous, Determined
6. Black Beauty
Book: Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
Admirable Traits: Moral, Resolute, Tolerant
Book: Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Admirable Traits: Good Integrity, Fair, Kind
Book: Winnie The Pooh - A.A Milne
Admirable Traits: Fun, Generous, Brave
- * -That's our list complete, let us know if there’s any particular characters you’d add to it! You can also read our selection of inspirational male and female characters here on our blog. Be sure to share your thoughts on that one too!