The Strongest Female Literary Characters of All Time – Part 2

We continue our literary search for some of the very best female characters in books and film. We have already seen powerful women such as Jo March in Little Women, and Elizabeth Bennett in the classic period tale of Pride and Prejudice.

What united these two great characters was their determination to face society and all its rules, but stick to their guns and ignore what was acceptable and to conform to what others wanted. We start our concluding part of our blog with Lisbeth Salander, who is one of the most intriguing women’s characters of all time.

Lisbeth Salander

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo features a character named Lisbeth Salander who lights up this novel by Stieg Larrson. The plot centers on a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, and his plight to find a woman who has been missing for forty years. He engages the services of our slightly unhinged heroine Lisabeth Salander who is a young computer hacker. Lisbeth is smart and highly unconventional, loaded with a photographic memory, and is determined to help out to solve the mystery. However, she also is a very moralistic person who will not break her own rules even though she knows it is for a great cause.

Hermione Granger

Hermione Granger is one of the most loved characters in the Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling. This best-selling series and subsequent blockbuster film series rocketed Hermione as an integral part of the plot from the very beginning to its conclusion. Hermione’s character becomes more complex as she gets older and she develops into a highly intelligent witch with extraordinary powers. But this is because she was determined to learn, and the hard way. She is a dedicated student who is happy to stay in the library studying whilst her friends are out having fun.

She also is full of mischief and often brings her own prolific wit into the plot. She is used brilliantly as a counterbalance to the main character Harry Potter, and we tend to believe everything that comes out of the young student’s mouth, in the end Hermione is transformed into the bravest of heroines.

Hester Prynne

Hester Prynne has been cited by certain literary critics as one of the most important female characters that has ever been created. She appeared in the great 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hester is the main protagonist in this wonderful novel that does not fail to touch on 19th Century taboo subjects. The very fact that she is estranged from her husband is scandal enough for the puritanical minds of the day. But her behavior of having an affair with a minister of the church and becoming pregnant is enough to cause jaws to drop.

It is not only society that finds her actions abhorrent, she is tried and convicted of being an adulterer and placed behind bars for her sins. She is also barbarically branded with a large letter A, to show the world what kind of sinner she was. But plucky Hester decides to take the prim townspeople on, and she set about to shake up the Puritanical community. We leave our blog with the courageous Hester who fittingly joins the rest of our strongest literary characters of all time.