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Top 10 Famous Fictional Heroines

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In exploring the world of literature, these heroines come immediately to mind: Edna Pontellier, Madame Bovary, Moll Flanders, Anna Karenin, Lily Bart, Jane Eyre, Hester Prynne, Elizabeth Bennet, Daisy Miller, and Murasaki Shikibu. Other heroines include: Lucy Honeychurch, Antonia Shimerdas, Ellen Olenska, Josephine (Jo) March, and Isabel Archer. Read more about famous fictional heroines. These novels feature just a few of the many... Warning: You may encounter spoilers (if you've not yet read the books).

1. Moll Flanders

by Daniel Defoe. This famous and bestselling novel details The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, who was a thief, a wife, a mother, a whore, and much more.
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2. Edna Pontellier: The Awakening

by Kate Chopin. In this collection, you'll find The Awakening, Kate Chopin's most famous work, and you'll read about Edna Pontellier, as she struggles to find independence.
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3. Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy. In Anna Karenina, we meet the title character, a young married woman who has an affair and eventually commits suicide by throwing herself under a train. The novel is one of the greatest tragedies of all time.
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4. Emma Bovary: Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert. This novel is the story of Emma Bovary, who was full of dreams and romantic notions. After marrying a country doctor, and having a daughter, she feels unfulfilled, which propells her toward adulteries and impossible debt. Her death is painful and tragic.

5. Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte. Learn about the life and adventures of the title character, Jane Eyre, an orphaned young girl, who experience Lowood, becoming a governess, falling in love, and more.
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6. Elizabeth Bennett: Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice was originally entitled First Impressions, but Jane Austen revised and finally published in 1813. Read about the Bennett family as Austen explores human nature.
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7. Hester Prynne: The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Scarlet Letter is about Hester Prynne, who is forced to wear a scarlet letter to atone for her adultery.
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8. Josephine (Jo) March: Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott. Josephine (Jo) March is one of the most memorable heroines in literary history, with her literary aspirations and antics.
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9. Lily Bart: The House of Mirth

by Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth details the rise and fall of Lily Bart, beautiful and charming woman, who is on the hunt for a husband.
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10. Daisy Miller

by Henry James. Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "Daisy Miller is a fascinating portrait of a young woman from Schenectady, New York, who, traveling in Europe, runs afoul of the socially pretentious American expatriate community in Rome... On the surface, Daisy Miller unfolds a simple story of a young American girl's willful yet innocent flirtation with a young Italian, and its unfortunate consequences."
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