8 Creatures From Literature Who Can Teach Us Humans A Thing Or Two

01/30/2017 11:04 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2017

There are so many different components behind the makings of a brilliant book, plot and characterization 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 favorites throughout literature!

1. Charlotte

Book: Charlotte’s Web ― E.B. White

Admirable Traits: Caring, Practical, Creative

 

2. Aslan

Book: The Chronicles of Narnia ― CS Lewis

Admirable Traits: Wise, Virtuous, Kind

 

3. Dobby

Book: Harry Potter Series ― J.K. Rowling

Admirable Traits: Selfless, Brave, Reliable

 

4. BFG

Book: The BFG ― Roald Dahl

Admirable Traits: Compassionate, Gentle, Kind-Hearted

 

5. Tinkerbell

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

 

7. Tinman

Book: Wizard of Oz ― L. Frank Baum

Admirable Traits: Good Integrity, Fair, Kind

 

8. Piglet

Book: Winnie The Pooh ― A.A Milne

Admirable Traits: Fun, Generous, Brave

 

That’s our complete list. Let us know if there’s any particular characters you’d add to it!

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