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CHAPTER 1 - Six Classic Literary Heroes

How do boys become heroes? First they must have role models to look up to. There are many superheroes and bigger-than-life characters today in film and television. These are all about fun and excitement and it is certainly entertaining to watch them. And of course we all respect, admire, and appreciate real-life heroes and heroines who protect us and keep us safe. But many of the best role models for children to learn from are found in classic literature. Boys have learned many important lessons from well-loved characters such as Tom Sawyer and Jim Hawkins for many generations, and can continue to do so even in this modern age.

Some favorite classic books and admirable heroes are these:

  1. Dickon in The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (first published in 1909)
  2. Prince Edward in The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain (first published in 1881)
  3. Tom Sawyer in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain (first published in 1876)
  4. John Brooke in Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott (first published in 1871)
  5. Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (first published in 1813)
  6. Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (first published in 1883)

The Secret Garden tells the story of two unhappy children, Mary Lennox and her cousin Colin, and their new friend, Dickon. Mary was raised in India by her parents, who became ill and died of cholera while Mary was still young. She was sent to England to live with her uncle at his huge estate, Misselthwaite Manor. She was very sour and depressed. Mary had received little love or attention from her parents and was an unhappy girl. Her uncle’s beloved wife had died many years earlier so he was an unhappy, depressed man. He left Mary to the care of servants and did not trouble himself with her. Although the servants were generally kind to her, Mary felt very much alone.

She entertained herself in the huge, sprawling Misselthwaite Manor and kept herself occupied the best she could. These circumstances did little to change her outlook on life. But when Mary discovers a walled, locked garden on her uncle’s lonely estate, she is enchanted with her discovery. And when she also discovers that her uncle has a son, Colin, who is close to her age and an invalid, she forms a friendship with this newfound cousin. With the help of another friend, Dickon, a brother to one of the estate’s servants, they make plans to restore the abandoned garden. Dickon spends many hours helping Mary and Colin bring the neglected garden back to life. Along the way, Mary and Colin find happiness and laughter and good health. Partly due to Dickon’s friendship and aid, life becomes a wonderful adventure for them and, in the process of making their own happiness, they are able to bring happiness to Mary’s uncle as well.