A couple years ago, there was a sort of game going on social media that had people choosing and posting three characters from literature or television that best revealed their personality. With my love for personality quizzes and such, it is no surprise at all that I chose my three characters–and took great delight in doing so. However, I never posted my results–until now. I’ve had months and months to overthink my options (in typical Shannon fashion), and now I’m ready to share them.
1. Charlie Brown
See the photo below? I took it a few months ago when I was going to write a post about embarrassment. This post never went anywhere–or, should I say, it went in too many different directions, making it incomprehensible.
Whenever I feel embarrassed, I feel Charlie-Brown-with-a-bag-on-my-head-embarrassed. It doesn’t matter what it is. Whether I say something stupid, feel uncomfortable at a social function, or am pointed out unexpectedly in any given situation, it’s the same–the same crippling embarrassment that makes me lie awake in bed some nights. And the whole world (aka my family and friends) gets to experience my embarrassment and worries second-hand through the Charlie Brown part of my personality. For example, in “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” Charlie says, “You know how I always dread the whole year? Well, this time I’m only going to dread one day at a time.” Meanwhile, my family is the Linus type, saying, “Charlie Brown, you worry about the most impossible things.”
2. Bilbo Baggins
I recently purchased this adorable “hobbit at heart” sticker from the Tea with Tolkien Etsy shop (Check it out! It’s so cute!).
I did not buy this simply for the looks (though I couldn’t be blamed if I did!), but also because it is too true of me. Last year, I wrote about my trip to North Carolina. Even though I have loads of fun while traveling, I always realize one thing: I love coming home. Though I’d love to see different parts of the world, I think I’ll love home and family more. That’s the Bilbo Baggins part in me.
And I must clarify that having a hobbit heart isn’t merely saying that I’m an unadventurous homebody. Even though hobbits aren’t typically travel bugs (though Bilbo is a bit of one!), they do have other virtues. I love the first line of The Hobbit:
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort” (Tolkien 2013, 1).
I love hobbits because they appreciate the simple things: home, friendship, good things to eat, and lovely, growing things. That’s something I can relate to.
3. Anne Shirley
This past summer has been an Anne Shirley sort of summer, since I’ve been rereading all of the Anne of Green Gables books. I love these books so much, even more now than I did the first time. I love the setting, the humorous stories, but most of all, I love Anne’s character, and I’m glad some of my characteristics mirror hers a bit: a love of nature, literature, fanciful stories, imagination, and the little things in life. I only wish I was more like Anne Shirley sometimes.
Some days, I feel like I could rate myself on a scale of Charlie Brown to Anne Shirley because they are opposites in some ways. Charlie Brown is a worrier, while Anne says about worry that “we mustn’t let next week rob us of this week’s joy” (Montgomery 1992, 3). However, I’m afraid that my Charlie Brown side shines through most days. While I may think several lovely, Anne-like thoughts, I don’t always share them. While I want to get my Charlie Brown thoughts out so they don’t build up inside me, I should also give voice to my Anne Shirley thoughts! That’s something I’ll need to work on.
It’s lovely how authors are able to create characters that are so real and relatable, and I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way. What characters do you all feel a connection with? Let me know in the comments!
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, directed by Bill Melendez and Sam Jaimes. (1986).
Montgomery, L.M. 1992. Anne of the Island. New York: Bantam Books.
Tolkien, J.R.R. 2013. The Hobbit: or There and Back Again. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
For more about Tolkien and The Hobbit, check out “Happy Tolkien Reading Day!”
For more about Anne of Green Gables, check out “Favorite Introverts from Literature.”
For more about “Peanuts” and Charlie Brown, check out “Poetry Corner: What Christmas is All About.”