Four Books about Rebels

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Well, the truth is that there will always be rebels. The crazy ones. The ones who are cursed with knowledge of possible futures, rather than the known hell of the present.

And literature has its fair share of rebels, of characters who don’t think outside the box, but they think like there’s no box. Outsiders, weirdos, eccentrics, all of them are allowed a bit more freedom within the confines of books than they ever were allowed in real life.

So, yeah, here are four books about rebels. For rebels.

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

There’s no doubt about it. Salinger was able to empathize with the underdog better than almost any other writer out there. He himself a recluse, an eccentric, he wrote about characters who struggled to make sense of a world that seemed so strange as to make them think they weren’t a part of it.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Set in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when conformity was prized, Kerouac’s magnum opus is all about living life on one’s own terms, about venturing into the unknown as a means to discover who one is… journeys filled with sex, drugs, parties…

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Why?

Because Guy Montag seems to be the only sane one. What does that make him, if not a rebel? What does someone choosing to love books more than his own life say about someone? But what about all the rest, who have so easily discarded one of the most important uses of their brains?

One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

It’s hard to rebel in a mental hospital, but McMurphy does precisely that, upsetting routines, running a card game, sneaking in prostitutes and whipping up the other patients on the ward to demand better treatment.

Which rebels of literature have we missed? Share them with us in the comments sectio below.

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3 thoughts on “Four Books about Rebels

  1. This reminds me of the Poem “The Rebel” by D. J. Enright.

    “When everybody says, No thank you,
    The rebel says, Yes please.
    It is very good that we have rebels.
    You may not find it very good to be one. “

  2. I don’t know… I just think of myth. Because I like mythology. Lucifer. Lilith. Prometheus. Icarus. Loki. Hermes. Jesus.
    Or no myth, but stock characters… anarchist, artist-scientist, trickers, foils, femme fatales, phoenixes, psychopaths… unassuming deceptive appearances… Dr Frankenstein, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
    I dunno… I’d have to look on my self to see what there is to remember… But I loved the Harry Potter series. The characters Luna Lovegood, Dobby, Sirius Black… I dunno.

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