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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM via web

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What literary or historical character would you like to be for a day?

Mine would be Algernon Moncrief, although he is a man. I imagine it must be heaven having no issues with morality, religion, or responsibility--and then feel good about it too!

Also, I'd love to be able to have such a hearty appetite with no apparent effect on the body. Just eat, spend, drink champagne, and dupe everyone with no consequences! LOL

....JUST FOR ONE DAY, THOUGH ;)

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 24, 2010 at 3:11 PM (Answer #2)

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Hester Prynne.  There are so many times I wanted to be inside her head and controlling her body so she could stand up for herself.  I imagine given the time and place - perhaps even my sense of modern feminism might not hold up - but I just hate how victimized she is.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM (Answer #3)

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Wow.  So many characters and so little time.  As I read others' ideas, I'll probably kick myself for not choosing someone else, but I think I'd choose Abigail Williams from The Crucible.  What is the world makes her think she can circumvent the laws of man and God, twisting them to her own selfish motives and purposes.  I just don't get it--and I'm guessing after 24 hours as Abigail I might wish I were still living in the bliss of ignorance. I think I'd still like to try. 

Lori Steinbach

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM (Answer #4)

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As far as historical character for a day, I would have LOVED to be Marie Antoinette- only during her most blingalicious times- NOT during her ordeal with the necklace nor during her sentencing. I am a huge fan of Marie Antoinette because I believe that she was totally misunderstood by the zeitgeist of the time.

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sboeman | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted August 24, 2010 at 5:33 PM (Answer #5)

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Good question, but I'd have to be the infamous Holden Caulfield.  When I read The Catcher in the Rye, I began to understand what he's thinking, as scary as that sounds.  I admired his attempts to stay young, which is a constant struggle for many adults.  It would be difficult to live with his pessimism, though.  I now try to read the book at least once a year so I don't turn into a "phony".

Unfortunately, I don't teach the novel as it is a 10th grade reading assignment and I cover 9th and 11th, but I think I'd have fun teaching it.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:49 AM (Answer #6)

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Great question! I would be Elizabeth I for the insight into the court and the power of ruling as a woman. Being Marilyn Monroe would have been fun for a while - making Some like it Hot would have been great. From literature I would love to be Sherlock Holmes for the ingenuity and genius (but perhaps with a little less arrogance) and maybe James Bond for the jetsetting lifestyle.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 25, 2010 at 7:06 AM (Answer #7)

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Hummm.  This is a tough one.  There are so many intriguing characters and famous people from which to choose.  I have always been fascinated by Mary Shelley and Jane Austin.  I love Edith Wharton for her rebellious nature...actually all these women have a little rebel in them.

I just read a book about Jack the Ripper, and I must admit that the criminal mind, while scary, is fascinating as well.  I always wonder what people who kill for fun are thinking...as long as this is ONLY for one day, I might choose Jack.  Shiver just a little at the thought!

Thanks for making me think about this....fun, fun!

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 25, 2010 at 7:39 AM (Answer #8)

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I would be Hermione Granger, Harry Potter's intelligent and loyal friend.  I would love to inhabit the world of Hogwarts and have magical powers.  I love that she is unabashedly smart and seeks more knowledge at every chance.  She is a logical voice of reason in a crisis, and she shows maturity that the boys sometimes just can't muster.  While Harry's life is almost too frightening for words, she gets to live out some of the adventures without all of the pressure that Harry has to rid the world of Voldemort.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:02 AM (Answer #9)

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I'm going with historical characters... I'd want to be the first person in the history of the world to see some beautiful scene.  So... I'd like to be the first "paleo-Indian" to see Mount Rainier or the Grand Canyon or something like that.  (Though I probably wouldn't have appreciated it since the whole continent was more or less virgin land back then).  Or I'd like to be on some sea-going canoe as it brought the first people ever to see Pohnpei (the island where I grew up).

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM (Answer #10)

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I would love to be Cleopatra at the height of her influence and beauty, but while she was with Mark Antony, who I believe was much more her true love than Julius Caesar. Cleopatra is one of the most fascinating characters in history and literature.

A powerful woman, she ruled in her own right, yet she didn't hesitate to exploit her beauty and sexuality in order to benefit the Kingdom of Egypt and her own children. She was unapologetically a femme fatale in every sense of the word. To be able to experience what it must have been like to have been so beautiful and so powerful would be a wonderful fantasy.

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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted August 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM (Answer #11)

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I would love to be Huckleberry Finn for a day. There's something about his innocence, his instinctual morality against society's hypocrisy that draws me. And of course, floating lazily down a river, watching the world drift by is irresistible. I would also like to take Mustapha Mond's place in Brave New World for a day. All the power, none of the regret, all my senses stimulated, and a little soma if I start feeling down.

Historically, I'd like to be Lady Jane Grey. While I don't hold the same religious beliefs, I'm awed by her strength and resolve in the face of such cruelty and betrayal. As one of the most learned women of her time, she held her ground and her rightful claim to the throne, until she was crushed by the relentless motion of politics.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM (Answer #12)

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Great question and tough choice!  As long as I could transfer to myself before the burning, I would love to be Joan of Arc.  For, she had spiritual experiences and adventure both.  In addition, she performed heroic deeds for her country and had the excitement of riding her horse in battles and across her country.  When I saw her statue in Paris I felt my admiration rise for this saint.  Oh, to be mounted on a statue for eternity!

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 26, 2010 at 9:11 AM (Answer #13)

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If I could be any literary character for just one day, I'd like to be Scarlett O'Hara. I want her to realize that she is a strong woman and doesn't need a man to "validate" her. I want her to forget about milquetoast Ashley and admit her true feelings for Rhett. Imagine what she could accomplish if she'd forget about romance for awhile!

 

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kmcappello | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted August 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM (Answer #14)

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It's interesting that many have chosen characters so they could change their actions.  But my choice requires no change: Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables.  I have always admired her bravery and her spunk, and often wished that I could be in her shoes.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:53 PM (Answer #15)

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It's interesting that many have chosen characters so they could change their actions.  But my choice requires no change: Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables.  I have always admired her bravery and her spunk, and often wished that I could be in her shoes.

Good choice! It would be so much fun to be Anne (with an e) Shirley! The miniseries that was made in the late 1980s is the rare case of a movie that's better than the books!

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kamiegoldstein | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 13, 2010 at 2:49 PM (Answer #16)

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I would love to be Helen of Troy. She makes me mad and I admire her at the same time. I wish I could control her actions and enjoy her male admirers. I think I would have taken revenge on Menelaus like Clytemnestra does to Agamemnon.

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