Happy Rakshabandhan to all of you 🙂 So those who don’t know what is this festival, let me give you a brief about it (probably you can Google the details). It is an Indian festival, basically in Hindu religion, which celebrates the bond of love, care, and duty between brothers and sisters. Rakshabandhan means “bond of protection”. In this festival, a sister ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist and prays for his prosperity and happiness, to show her love and in return, the brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her. Though it is a special day for both of them, surely sisters often get fancy gifts and convert it to their day 😀
As we are celebrating this special festival here, I thought to explore some siblings love in the literary world. Surely, there are dozens of them but I am going to mention a few of them I found recently and loved their bond.
The Weasleys: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Well, they need not any introduction. This is famous clan from Harry Potter and I guess Ron Weasley is already everyone’s favourite from this series. He had 5 other siblings. Throughout the series, we get to know the differences between the brothers. In the first book itself, when everyone receives gifts for Christmas, these brothers fight over their mother, that who she loves most. Their mother send separate gifts for all of them but yet they are fighting over whose is better. I guess this is the familiar characteristic of the siblings, over which they fight occassionaly, and now you might find yourself thinking about the same 😛 (if yes, let me know!).
Apart from their differences, they had shown a great family bond. Though I have read just the first book of the series yet (I know!), I love their little fights in the movies. May be they were read-headed, but surely their hearts were good.
The Finches: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I recently read To Kill a Mockingbird and I liked it very much. It is a work of appreciation (review to come soon). Apart from the literature worked that it is, I really liked the relationship between Jean Louise Finch, aka “Scout” and Jeremy Finch, aka “Jem”. Jem and Scout are what an ideal brother and sister should be. They both loved each other deeply.
Scout respected her brother very much and always did whatever he told her to do (obviously she was younger than him and had to obey him :P). Despite of their age difference, they had a lot of underatsnding. Scout knew when his brother was in good mood and when she need to leave him alone. Jem was always their for her and so was Scout. When they were attacked by the enemy, they didn’t leave each other and stucked there to make sure both of them were safe. He acts as a guardian to Scout on most of their adventures, much to her annoyance.
The Franks: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Well, this is a pair of sisters who were not fond of each other – Anne Frank and Margot Frank. Margot was 3 years older than Anne. They had a lot of differences and Anne always felt that her mother loved her sister more than her, so she was not close to them. After they went into hiding, they actually started coming close. Both of them learned a lot about each other, their differences and similarities. They understood how to be close during a time of so much fear and that they needed support of each other.
Both of them had totally different personalities. Anne was quirky, spunky and confident as per her age. She was never afraid of saying what was on her mind even if that turns into an argument. She was more imdependent and desirious and she had hard time sharing her feelings with her family. Rather she liked to jot down her memories and thoughts on a piece of paper. Margot Frank was opposite to all this. She was quiet, well-mannered and was more close to her family specially her mother. She needed some one to care and often felt lonely if nobody noticed her.
Before hiding, they were like regular sisters, always bickering at each other and was not involved in each other lives. Their mother favoured Margot always so Anne often felt lonely. But as they went to hiding, both were struggling to live their lives in Annexe. And during that time of need, both relaized that were sisters who can share their lives with each other and can really be friends. There was a beautiful relationship developing but unfortunately didn’t lasted 🙁
The Goldsteins: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
This is a relatively new pair of siblings and J.K. Rowling never fails to create beautiful siblings bond. Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein and Queenie Goldstein are two witch sisters. They are also totally opposite in nature. Tina was quiet and little bit shy while Queenie was fun-loving, always smiling and happy character. Tina is older and wiser while Queenie is younger and have a lust for life. Though their personalities are different, there is a devotion from each other. When one is in trouble, the other can go to any extent to save her sister.
The Pullmans: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The story of Pullmans is different. One chils is perfect while other has facial deformities and too severe ones. August “Auggie” Pullman is a 10 years old kid. Olivia “Via” Pullman is his older sister. They love each other truly and being an older sister, Via truly take cares of her brother. When anyone made fun of Auggie, she was the first to react and always tried to motivate Auggie. Though she always cared for him, it was often hard for her to be a sister of someone who was deformed. But yet, she always tried to avoid this conflict and we get to see a beautiful brother-sister love 🙂
So these were some of my favourite siblings. Who are your favourite ones from the literary world? What do you like in their relationship? Do you have any favourites from above list? let me know in comments.
Thanks for reading and stay connected! ♥