Who is the loneliest fictional character?

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Re: Who is the loneliest fictional character?

Post by allesha » 30 Jul 2014, 21:53

Winter wrote:Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins was pretty lonely. Not sure she is the loneliest character ever, but still pretty lonely.
I forgot about this book! She was lonely, I agree. Wow though, so awesome to remember this book.
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Post by RJohnReves » 08 Jan 2015, 13:10

Roland in The Dark Tower series by S King

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Post by Chris Dutton » 08 Jan 2015, 14:30

Thomas Covenant.

But then he was quite unlikeable, both to the Dear Reader and the other characters.
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Post by RJohnReves » 08 Jan 2015, 14:32

Chris Dutton wrote:Thomas Covenant.

But then he was quite unlikeable, both to the Dear Reader and the other characters.

Agreed. But I love The Land

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Post by Chris Dutton » 08 Jan 2015, 14:37

RJohnReves wrote:Roland in The Dark Tower series by S King
I didn't think he was necessarily lonely, just that for swathes of the first book, there was no-one else, and then he picked up the 3 (damn, Detta, the bloke & the boy - Jake? I've only read the first few books about ten times!).

Personally, I think he was a loner as opposed to lonely, and he cared deeply about his comrades.
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Post by RJohnReves » 08 Jan 2015, 14:40

Jake Eddie the junkie and Susannah were Katet. Roland was not part of the magic circle and it saddened him later in the series.

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 08 Jan 2015, 14:52

lnygaard wrote:
Winter wrote:Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins was pretty lonely. Not sure she is the loneliest character ever, but still pretty lonely.
I had forgotten the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Karana was a lovely character... sweet memories of childhood.

I submit Mercutio from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Misunderstood soul, who couldn't really lay claim Montague's quarrel with Capulets. Probably not the loneliest in the literary world, but his name came to my mind.

And I'm in the middle of Harry Potter (July does that to me for some reason), and it occurred to me that Snape has got to be one of the most loneliest. Almost everyone is suspicious of his motives, no one really trusts him except Dumbledore, the girl he loves marries his nemesis from school (not to mention the evil bad wizard he was following, kills her). Tragic....
I agree, Snape is indeed a lonely character. Everything you mentioned, plus Rowling's hints about his not-so-ideal upbringing, all point to loneliness.
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Post by Chris Dutton » 08 Jan 2015, 18:09

RJohnReves wrote:Jake Eddie the junkie and Susannah were Katet. Roland was not part of the magic circle and it saddened him later in the series.
Thank you!

I still don't believe he was lonely, more a loner, and had been from the beginning... he was immensely proud of the Katet, and was more teacher (and often pupil) rather than equal.

Maybe he was lonely. Oh dear, my head spins thinking about any of that series. Where's the scratching head smiley?!
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Post by DATo » 08 Jan 2015, 19:04

And the answer is ...... *DRUMROLL*

Robinson Crusoe
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Post by RJohnReves » 08 Jan 2015, 21:06

DATo wrote:And the answer is ...... *DRUMROLL*

Robinson Crusoe
Didnt he have Friday to chill with?

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Post by shadowpenm » 10 Jan 2015, 21:59

I'll second Tyrion Lannister for all the same reasons. Or perhaps The Palatski Man courtesy of Stuart Dybek. There's just something about an outsider when it comes to loneliness.
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Post by husnain 123 » 13 May 2018, 20:47

Jake Eddie the junkie and Susannah were Katet. Roland was not part of the magic circle and it saddened him later in the series.
Thank you!

I still don't believe he was lonely, more a loner, and had been from the beginning... he was immensely proud of the Katet, and was more teacher (and often pupil) rather than equal.

Maybe he was lonely. Oh dear, my head spins thinking about any of that series. Where's the scratching head smiley?!

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Post by husnain 123 » 13 May 2018, 20:50

Heathcliff of course!

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Post by dtb » 24 May 2018, 15:20

LivreAmour217 wrote:
08 Jan 2015, 14:52
lnygaard wrote:
Winter wrote:Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins was pretty lonely. Not sure she is the loneliest character ever, but still pretty lonely.
I had forgotten the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Karana was a lovely character... sweet memories of childhood.

I submit Mercutio from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Misunderstood soul, who couldn't really lay claim Montague's quarrel with Capulets. Probably not the loneliest in the literary world, but his name came to my mind.

And I'm in the middle of Harry Potter (July does that to me for some reason), and it occurred to me that Snape has got to be one of the most loneliest. Almost everyone is suspicious of his motives, no one really trusts him except Dumbledore, the girl he loves marries his nemesis from school (not to mention the evil bad wizard he was following, kills her). Tragic....
I agree, Snape is indeed a lonely character. Everything you mentioned, plus Rowling's hints about his not-so-ideal upbringing, all point to loneliness.
I also thought Professor Snape had to be one of the loneliest characters. I also thought of Heathcliff and Boo Radley.

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Ethan Frome.

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