Stardust: Who is your favourite character and why?

Choose ONE character from Stardust and argue why s/he is your favourite.  In a response of no less than 200 words and no more than 400 words, use at least TWO points from the novel and give TWO proofs (quotations) to support your argument.  Remember to use proper grammar and spelling AND proper MLA documentation style for your quotations.

Mark:   /15

Deadline:  Saturday, February 27th, 2010 — no later than midnight.

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25 Responses to “Stardust: Who is your favourite character and why?”

  1. My favorite character is the little man with the floppy hat. I like him because he is funny and kind. I know that he is kind because he helps Tristran multiple times. An example of this is when he gave Tristran mushrooms when he was hungry or when he got Tristran the silver chain,to capture the star with, and candle, which allows Tristran to cover many many miles in a single step and saves his life. The book said that “The little man…and reached into the pan sizzling on the fire and flicked two large mushrooms into Tristran’s tin bowl.” (Gaiman 99). Another time in the book it says that “Can I get there by candlelight? There and back again. Only it’s the candel wax, you see most candles won’t do it. This one took allot of findin’…the little man’s gift seemed to be a thin silver chain” I believe that the man is funny because of the manner of which he speaks, an example would be how he calls mushrooms, mushrumps. Or his advice for Tristran on Victoria which was, “tell her to go shove her face in the pig pen, and go out and find another one who’ll kiss you without askin’ for the earth. You’re bound to find one. You can hardly throw half a brick in the lands you come from without hittin’ one.” (Gaiman 105)

    ~Harris

  2. My favourite character from Stardust is the man with the floppy hat, as well. This is because of the way he talks, and how handy he is. The way he talks reminds me of the cast of Winnie the Pooh. I imagine his voice to be very articulated, but at the same time spoken very quickly. One of the best lines depicting this is “eatin’ those mushrumps as if you liked them, as if they wasn’t sawdust and wormwood and rue in your mouth” (Gaiman 75). Plus, every time I read about mushrumps, it make me laugh. The man with the floppy hat is also quite handy. He has a pack that would put a boy scout to shame. In the pack of his, he has everything from food, to potions, to magic candles. The man is said to have “pulled out a candle-stub the size of a crabapple and handed it to Tristan” (Gaiman 99). A little later, the man with the floppy hat went digging through his bag again and he “took out something else from his pack” (Gaiman 100). By reason that this character is a gifted speaker and useful, the man with the floppy hat is always a joy to come across while reading Stardust.

  3. My favorite character from the book Stardust is Primus. Primus is my favorite character; because he is a strong in heart is tough in muscles even to he is old, and is wise. One time this had happened was when primus had to become lord of stronghold not Septimus and never trusted him as Primus says, “He is the most dangerous man you will ever meet” (Gaiman 201). That was Primus being strong in heart and stayed strong and beating strong against Septimus. When he is strong in action he amazes me how fast and strong he is when fighting such as when this scenes says, “ The Lord Primus reached for his short sword, but even as he went for it the Witchqueen took the longest of the knives and drew the blade…,Across his throat” (Gaiman 217). Even though he died he was strong and died in the proudest way by helping Tristran. Primus is very wise and clam when not angry and talks about information to take care of himself and says, “There is a man…if you ever see him run, and hide…but he will not hesitate to kill you if you stand in his way, or, perhaps, to make you his instrument with which to kill me” (Gaiman 201). This is true because Primus is giving Tristran advice to stay away from him.

    From: Umar Afzal.

  4. My favorite character is the queen witch because she is really sinister and disturbing. I know she is sinister because she turns people into animals and she kills people who stand in their way. An example would be when she cuts the throat of Primus because he needed the star. Also she kills the Unicorn because the unicorn had impaled her and almost killed her. She killed the unicorn in a grimacing way because she is a very vile, sinister character. Also she plans this really thought out plan to kill the star. A quotation she makes to prove this is when she says “And your heart? How does your heart feel?”(209 Gaiman) It’s evil because you know she is asking because she is dying to stab her and take her heart. She is intelligent because she devised the plan to kill the star by turning her chariot in to an inn and Brevis and the other goat into a man and a little girl. She also acted all nice to her. Also she is a bit disturbing. She cuts the horse’s throat after it’s already dead. Even worse she cuts off it’s head and places it next to her in the chariot. A quotation to prove this is when she says to the star “ Stand or you die now?” (220 Gaiman) After that she said “ Oh you die now, children, standing or sitting. It is all the same to me.”(220 Gaiman) I found this disturbing because she didn’t give her a choice.

    By Matt G – The first one is wrong so don’t mark that one!

  5. Captain Johanne Alric, the airship captain, is my favorite character in the book Stardust. The reason Johanne is my favorite character is because he helps Tristran and Yvaine in their time of need, when they are trapped on a cloud seemingly out of reach with the rest of the world. The Captain is also part of a group dedicated to help Tristran get Yvaine back to Wall or Victoria. He seems to be working with the short hairy man to achieve this goal for unknown reasons. Johanne is shown to be a very kind character when he says: “Oh, no problem at all, we’ll be taking in supplies at port anyway” (Gaiman 173), when he is giving the tobacco, flint and some other tools to help Tristran and the star survive. Johanne is also a people person, with his twelve or so crew members following him loyally. Also, he is a unique Captain in the way that he owns the only mentioned ship that can fly in Stardust. This is mentioned when Tristran is calling for help when he and Yvaine are stuck on the cloud and “A ladder falls from the sky above them” (Gaiman 185) which comes from his ship. He seems to be very wealthy man to own one of these ships, seeing as no one else is mentioned owning or seen with one. He is also one of the only nice characters (aside from the market vendors and the little hairy man) who aren’t just pretending to be nice for their own greed in the entirety of the Faerie World. These are several reasons and examples of why Captain Johanne Alric is my favorite character in the book Stardust.

    -Brett

  6. My favourite character from Stardust is Tristran Thorn. Tristran is a seventeen year old boy who will do anything to get the love of his life Victoria Forester. The reason’s why Tristran Thorn is my favourite character is because he is very brave as well as adventurous. He is also not afraid to kiss goodbye his life for love. Tristran opens up to Victoria, and says “I would go to India for you, and bring you the tusks of elephants, and pearls as big as your thumb, and rubies the size of wren’s eggs”(Gaiman 61). Tristran Thorn is a very helpful person. He appreciates them all and treats them with equal respect. This is two other reason’s why Tristran Thorn is my favourite character. I know Tristran is helpful because he help’s the star in many ways. For example, Tristran help’s the star get around with her broken leg and let’s her put all of her weight on him.”Just put your weight on me, and the rest on the crutch,” said Tristran(Gaiman 145). Tristran is caring and comes in handy, he is well mannered,and friendly to. I think the best example of when he’s well mannered was when he says to the man with the floppy hat, “I really, truly would like another mushroom, if it’s not too much trouble”(Gaiman 98). When Tristran Thorn says that to the man with the floppy hat I consider him as very well mannered, and very mature. These are the reason’s why Tristran Thorn is my favourite character. I want people to think of Tristran the way I do, when they read Stardust.

    (: Hayley Burrows ❤

  7. My favorite character from Stardust would probably have to be Tristran because he seems like one of those people that doesn’t give up easily, and he goes after what he wants. When he sees Victoria for the first time he really lusts for her and he wants her to kiss him but she said no. Then he asked for her hand in marriage and she still said no. But after they both saw the shooting star fall from the sky, Victoria said that if Tristran brought back the star, she would do anything he wanted her to even if it was her hand in marriage or just a kiss. Tristran also told her thathe would bring back “tusks of an elephants and pearls as big as your thumb, and rubies the size of wren’s eggs. I would go to Afica, and bring you diamonds the size of cricket balls.” (Gaiman 60). But all Victoria wanted was the star. If he was one of those people who gave up easily he woulndn’t have gone as far as he did on his quest. Also if he didn’t go after what he wanted he wouldn’t have even started looking for the star. He would have just said that she wasn’t worth it, but to him Victoria was everything and he just thought that she could have anything she wanted. Also when Yvaine had run away on the unicorn when Tristran went into the village to get some food and a drink, when he came back and found her missing, he immediately searched for her. Knowing that he might not be able to find her, he still went though everyrthing he did. If he didn’t want Victoria so much he would have just let the star be and he wouldn’t have gone after her.

  8. My favourite characters from Stardust are the Lilim. The Lilim are my favourite because they are so bizarre but I love the way they bring an exciting twist to the story. Throughout the chapters we have read, I’ve always loved the parts about the Lilim. My favourite line from the book about the Lilim is “The women closed their eyes, and three old hands stabbed into the stoat-guts on the board. An old hands opened. ’I’ve a kidney.’ ’I’ve his liver.’ The third hand opened. It belonged to the oldest of the Lilim. ’I’ve his heart,’ she said, triumphantly” (Gaiman 66). It demonstrates so perfectly the ways of the Lilim and their need to be evil. Another one of my favourite parts in Stardust was when one of the Lilim gave a bath to the Star. I loved this part because the witch kept asking the Star about how her heart was. For me, that part was very significant because the Lilim want the Star’s heart for themselves and they are so close to getting it. “There’s a love,” said the innkeepers wife, returning. “How are you feeling now?” “Much, much better, thank you,” said the star. “And your heart? How does your heart feel?” asked the woman. “My heart?” It was a strange question, but the woman seemed genuinely concerned. “It feels happier. More easy. Less troubled.” “Good. That’s good. Let us get it burning high and hot within you, eh? Burning bright inside you” (Gaiman 157).

  9. I would have to say that my favourite character in Stardust is Yvaine, also known as Star. She is a very important character to the story. The entire novel is based around her in the fact that both the Witch Queen and Tristan are looking for her to try and make their lives better.

    When she is first introduced, Yvaine is angry at Tristan for capturing her and tells him that she’s going to be as difficult as possible. From this, you get the idea that she is going to be extremely irritating. Her leg is broken, so she is in a lot of pain and can’t walk. When Tristan first finds her and attaches the chain around her wrist, Yvaine is quite blunt to him when she says “’What,’ she asked in a voice that was suddenly beyond outrage, beyond hate, ‘do you think you are doing?’” (Gaiman 138). This section is very amusing because previously to this she was crying and crying about her leg, and then all of a sudden she is very angry and mad.

    After Tristan saves her from the Witch Queen you think that Yvaine is going to be so thankful and kind towards Tristan but in fact she isn’t. They’re up on the cloud after escaping from the Inn and the Star says, “I hated you for everything already, but now I hate you most of all…now that you have saved my life, you are, by the law of my people, responsible for me, and I for you. Where you go, I must also go.” (Gaiman 230) This seems rather peculiar because if someone saved your life, wouldn’t you be thankful? She does redeem herself later on by telling Tristan that she will do anything for him, after all he saved her life. Yvaine says sadly, “I swear it. On my mother the moon I swear it. You saved my life.” (Gaiman 231).

    I am really looking forward to finishing the book and seeing what other quirky and amusing things Yvaine has to offer.

    By:Katie

  10. My favourite character from stardust would probably be the little man with the floppy hat. I think that he has a benevolent nature, and is also very friendly, he helped Tristran out so much providing him with important tools like food when he got hungry, a candle for light and to help his way out when looking for the star, and lastly, the little man gives him a silver chain which he can capture the star with. One way that describes this little man is when it says in the book “ the little man reached into the pan sizzling on the fire and flicked out two large mushrooms ito Tristrans tin bowl”(Gaiman 99). Tristran says in another part ” Can I get there by candlelight? There and back again. Only it’s the candle wax, you see most candles won’t do it. This one took a lot of findin… the little man’s gift seemed to be a thin silver chain”. (Gaiman 99). Overall, this is why I believe that the little hairy man is one of the best character represented in the book, he is very kind and helpful to Tristran in different and multiple ways.

  11. My favourite character from Stardust is Tristran Thorn. Tristran is my favourite character because, I can probably relate to him the most out of all of the characters in the book. Also Trsitran is very set on what he wants and doesn’t care what he has to go through to get it. “I would go to America- all the way to San Francisco, to the gold-fields, and I would not come back until I had your weight in gold. Then I would carry it back here, and lay it at your feet.”(Gaiman 62). Even though Victoria Forester doesn’t really want to be with Tristran, but it doesn’t stop him from going to Faerie, to find the fallen star. It shows that he isn’t scared of the unknown.
    He is very creative and quick thinking as well. When Tristran and the little man with the floppy hat get stuck in the Serewood, Tristran is able to save the little man with the floppy hat as well as get them out of there. “I… I do know where the path is,” he said. He pointed. “It’s down that way.” (Gaiman 109). “Now then,” said the little harry man. “You’ve saved my life, laddie, back there in the Serewood, and your father, he done me a good turn back before you was born, and let it never be said that I’m a cove what doesn’t pay his debts-”(Gaiman 131).

    -Olivia Johnson

  12. My favorite character from stardust would probably be the little man with the floppy hat. He is a very important character to the story. He agrees with Tristran trying to achieve his goal for Victoria forester in finding the star that is why he starts to help him in several ways. I think that he has a benevolent nature, and is also very friendly, he helped Tristran out so much providing him with important tools like food when he got hungry, a candle for light and to help his way out when looking for the star, and lastly, the little man gives him a silver chain which he can capture the star with. One way that describes this little man is when it says in the book “ the little man reached into the pan sizzling on the fire and flicked out two large mushrooms into Tristan’s tin bowl”(Gaiman 99). Tristran says in another part “Can I get there by candlelight? There and back again. Only it’s the candle wax, you see most candles won’t do it. This one took a lot of finding… the little man’s gift seemed to be a thin silver chain”. (Gaiman 99). Overall, this is why I believe that the little hairy man is one of the best character represented in the book, he is very kind and helpful to Tristran in different and multiple ways. I think the book is quite depressing now further on in the chapters without no more of the little hairy man. But I’m looking forward to finish the book and seeing what other thrilling matters that Tristran has to go through without the help of the hairy man.

  13. In the book Stardust, my favourite character is Charmed (also referred to as the little hairy person in the floppy hat). This is because he is funny, kind and honest. He demonstrates all these qualities throughout the novel. The first thing he did was that he made a breakfast of mushrooms fried in butter with wild garlic for Tristran Thorn. ‘ A tin container was placed beside him. “Poor fare,” said the voice. “Country fare, it is. Nothing like the gentry are used to, but the likes of me treasures a fine mushrump.” Tristran blinked and reached into the tin bowl and took out a large mushroom between finger and thumb.’ (Gaiman 97). I find Charmed funny because of how he says certain words and for the way he phrases them. ‘ “Look at you,” said the little hairy person, his voice a mixture of pride and gloom, “Eatin’ those mushrumps as if you liked them, as if they wasn’t sawdust and wormwood and rue in your mouth.” (Gaiman 99). Charmed shows his honesty by returning the favour to Tristran. He gives him a special candlestick, a change of clothes, and a chain made of cat’s breath, fish scales and moonshine. ‘ “You done me a good turn,” he said, munching a crisp apple, “and I doesn’t forget something like that. First well get your clothes taken care of, and then we’ll send you off after your star. Yus?” (Gaiman 116). Charmed is also part of a secret organisation called the fellowship. He conveys a message to the captain of the sky-ship who later rescues Tristran and Yvain from a cloud.

    By Talasia ❤

  14. MY FAVOURITE “STARDUST” CHARACTER
    Linden Imans

    There are a lot of characters in Neil Gaiman’s novel “Stardust”. Some of these characters are bad, some are good, and some are bad for good reasons, so it was hard to choose which was my favourite. However, one character in particular had stood out to me right from the beginning, and this character was the little hairy man.

    The little hairy man was not a major character, but he did do some important things. One of the main reasons that I liked him was because even though he had just met Tristran, he was very loyal and compassionate towards him. He respected Tristran and helped him a lot, and he gave him advice and things to remember while on his quest for the star. On page 97, the hairy man shared his breakfast with Tristran, and on page 105, he warns Tristran not to let anyone else know that he is looking for the fallen star. The hairy man also helps Tristran by buying him new clothes after the incident with the Serewood.

    The hairy man is also very good at keeping his word and is very trustworthy. He did everything that he said he would, and if someone did a favor or good deed to him, he would repay them no matter what. There is a good example of this specific character trait on page 131, when the hairy man says, “You’ve saved my life, Laddie, back there in the Serewood, and your father, he done me a good turn back before you was born, and let it never be said that I’m a cove what doesn’t pay his debts”.

    The hairy man was definitely my favourite character in the whole story, and although he did have a minor role, he is still important. If it wasn’t for him, Tristran would probably have died in the Serewood, and never stood a chance of finding the star. The hairy man was a good person, and is a great role model for all people. That is why I like him so much.

  15. My favourite character in Stardust is the star, Yvaine, because she’s just really intense. She is very much the most important character in the novel so far, because everything seems to revolve around her. Tristran and the Lilim all her for something, but she bitterly refuses to be of any help to them. For example, when she says to Tristran, “I told you, that I would do everything in my power to frustrate your plans and devices” (Gaiman 110). She is also very rude when she first meets Tristran and calls him things like “a ninny, a numbskull, and a coxcomb” (Gaiman 103).
    I like how throughout the novel, Yvaine seems to become a bit less rude and stubborn, and more kind and helpful. She shows that she has a softer, caring side when the lion and the unicorn were fighting, and she pleaded to Tristran, “Please, do something, the lion will kill him.” (Gaiman 114). The star is also very kind when she says simply, and with feeling, “I appreciate your hospitality more than I can say.” (Gaiman 159). Yvaine seems very thankful, and a lot less stubborn when she says sadly to Tristran, “I swear it, on my mother the moon, I swear it…you saved my life” (Gaiman 174) than she did when she was first introduced in the novel.

  16. My favourite character from Stardust is Victoria Forester. In the book we don’t see Victoria Forester that often but, I feel she is one of the most important characters from the book. She is one of the most important characters in the book because she is the reason Tristran goes on an adventure to get the star. Victoria Forester is the reason Tristran goes to Faerie and she is the reason for the whole story and the whole adventure of retrieving the star. It is a mystery if Victoria is even aware of the adventure Tristran goes on for her. Tristran thinks Victoria Forester is the most beautiful girl in the world and he would do anything for just a kiss. “Kiss me… There is nothing I would not do for your kiss, no mountain I would not scale, no rive I would not ford, no desert I would not cross.” (Gaiman 63)
    Victoria Forester doesn’t seem to be interested in Tristran Thorne, but she seems amused by all the promises he is making her. It seems to me that Victoria Forester knows she is beautiful and she is amused by Tristran the “shop boy” who is trying to impress her.
    “I would travel to the distant northlands did you but say the word, and slay the mighty polar bears, and bring you back their hides.” (Gaiman 62)
    When Victoria sees the star she tells Tristran that she will marry him if he brings her the fallen star.
    I don’t think Victoria actually expected Tristran to go after the star, but he does.
    Victoria Forester is my favourite character from the book Stardust because she is the reason that the whole adventure started.

    – Gabrielle Doak

  17. My favorite character in the book Stardust by Neil Gaiman is Tristran Thorn. Tristran is a loyal, athletic and courageous character. You can see this in the way he acts. For example when Tristran and the small hairy man were caught in the Serewood, Tristran lead them out. [“Trust me I know” replied Tristran “Right. Come on.”](Gaiman 109) this shows some of Tristrans leadership qualities. He is also very courageous. For example when he separates the lion from the unicorn by giving the lion his crown and helping the unicorn heal from its deep cuts and gashes made by the lion. Tristran is very loyal and love crazy as well. For example when Tristran had found the Star and was so happy and all he had to do was to bring her home and gain Victorias love, but unfortunately he set her loose and and she ran away. Tristran didn’t just give up though, he got back on the road and found a carriage to get him to the Star. He is also love crazy because he is doing all this just for the love of one girl. My favourite part about Tristrans story is when the trees help Tristran catch the carriage by making a roadblock with a fallen tree. This is why Tristran is my favorite character in Stardust.

    -Ty D.

  18. My favourite character in Stardust is Lord Septimus. Septimus is my favourite character in the novel because he is clever, creative and sneaky. To become the next king of Stormhold, Septimus has to kill all of his brothers and manages to kill his brother Tertius by poisoning his bottle of wine. “’Septimus is most crafty,’ said Quintus” (Gaiman 121). After Tertius is dead only Primus and he are left so he goes on a mission to kill Primus. When a few days go by Septimus finds Primus dead, and is mad that he was not the one who had killed him. “’Why could you not have waited just a few more days, brother Primus?’ he asked the corpse at his feet. ‘I would have killed you myself. I had a fine plan for your death. When I discovered you were no longer on the Heart of a Dream, it took me little enough time to steal the ship’s boat and get on your trail. And now i must revenge your sad carcass, and all for the honor of our blood and the Stormhold’ (Gaiman 226).
    Septimus is also not like all the other characters. You can predict some of the things the other characters will do but it is always a surprise with Septimus and makes the book more interesting. “He fumbled at the corpse’s belt, removing the bag of rune stones. ‘Thank you for these, my brother,’” (Gaiman 226). Since his brother is dead you wouldn’t think that he would still take his things and make humour out of his death but Septimus doesn’t seem to care. That is not something that you would expect to see from someone who has just lost a brother. It also shows that Septimus has no problem with just worrying and caring about himself, which means he has confidence but is also self centered because he thinks he’s the best.

    -danielle lepp

  19. So far my favourite character in the book, “Stardust” is Tristan Thorn. I enjoy reading about Tristan Thorn because he has a uniqueness from other male characters in love stories. In most romance novels the girls are head over heals and the males are emotionally detached. Tristan, on the contrary, is enamoured with Victoria Forester to the point that he is hysterical. Tristan is also very relatable because of his eccentricities, that makes him more unique to fantasy novel. I feel that books of the fantasy genre have characters that are less relatable because they are in a world that is so different that they lose characteristics of normal people. These qualities make Tristan unique and refreshing.

    Tristan’s infatuation with Victoria Forester, has reached a high magnitude, he says, “I would go to India for you, Victoria Forester, and bring you tusks of elephants and pearls as big as your thumb, and rubies that are the size of wern’t eggs” (Gaiman p.46). This proves that Tristan has became oblivious to the trials and tribulations in winning Victoria’s love. Tristan’s love for Victoria consistently remains when he is on his journey. Tristan expresses his feelings for Miss Forester in a conversation to a hairy man in a floppy hat in Faerie. Tristan begins, “And we saw a falling star, and I promised to bring it to her… The little man rose his nose, “I’d tell her to go shove her face in a pig pen, and go out and find another one who’ll kiss you without asking for the earth”… “But there are no other girls,” said Tristan” (Gaimen p. 79) This allows us to infer that Tristan is still infatuated with Victoria Forester, giving him a unique and emotional quality unique to romance novels.

    Tristan is also a realistic character, because he is a bit of an oddball. An example chapter two of,“Stardust” describes Tristan Thorn growing up in the very homogenous community of Wall. For example it describes his unusual appearance, “The right ear was flat against his head and almost pointed. The left one was not,” (Gaiman p.36). It also mentions his odd ideology, “He once told her that the fluffy white clouds that clustered across the horizon at sunset as they walked home from school, were sheep” (Gaimen p.36) Tristan’s oddities make him more similar to real life people, which is unusual to the fantasy genre.

    This is Christina’s post; she didn’t get an email inviting her to the blog!

  20. In Stardust my favourite character would be Tristan Thorne, because out of the whole story, I can relate to him the most. He is one of the major characters. Tristan is a lot like me, in a sense where he seems like he would do anything he could for Victoria Forester, the girl he loves. I would do anything for my family because I love them to death too. Tristan mentions “I would bring back tusks of an elephant and pearls as big as your thumbs and rubies the size of wren’s eggs. I would go to Africa, and bring you diamonds the size of cricket balls.”(Gaiman 60) I would do anything for my family too. Also Tristan is a risk taker, just like me. He decides to go on a journey to a whole new world, to get a star that might take forever. I take lots of risks that a lot of people wouldn’t. In the middle of the story, the story shows that Tristan would never leave anyone behind. “Stand or we die now” (Gaiman 220) Tristan had a choice, he could have left Yvaine, but he chose to stand by and hep her or die together. From some of this evidence the story proves that Tristan is a caring man, who will turn out to be a great man. He shows his determination, bravery, smarts and courage to Victoria and how much he truly loves her, and what he will do to get her hand in marriage, and I think that is what makes him an amazing character. All of those kinds of things I always found got my interest. That is why Tristan Thorne is proved to be my favourite character in Stardust.

  21. The little man with the floppy hat.

    Courageous, funny, helpful, negative, bashful, and kind in most case’s these words would never have a place together but with my favourite character they’re prefect descriptions of him. The man with the floppy hat is amazing; he portrays various different characters while still being himself, this is usually a very difficult thing to do because the character’s usually we find that there is nothing in the character that we can relate to. We see him being kind and bashful “Kind of you, I’m sure. But you know, and I know, that it’s just fried field mushrumps” (Gaiman 98) we see this as kindness because he as stated above he is making Tristan Throne the hero of our story, breakfast after his first night on the road. And you can see that he is being bashful because he treats the food that Tristan is enjoying so much like it was nothing special. Now these are important traits to my favourite character because, I think that it’s unattractive when someone is full of him/herself. Also that being kind is the best thing a person can be, and that if these are two of the things that the little man with the floppy hat is portraying this early on in his meeting Tristan thorn you know that he is just bound to get better.

    We also get to see his more negative side, at the same time as him being courageous an odd combination but I think that he is able to make it work in the best of ways, kudos to Neil Gaiman for being able to create such a colorful and well weathered character, “‘Now we’re in for it,’… ‘Not much point,’ he said. ‘We’ve walked into a trap, and we’ll still be in it even if we runs.’” (Gaiman 107) I think that these are important to his character and make him my favourite because everyone has to show fear, and that is what he does, he knows that he’s in trouble and so he admits it, something that we should all learn to do. This statement furthermore takes on a twisted roll of courage, because of the man with the floppy hat’s ability to face the danger with out panicking. This in its own form is courage, and because of these and many other reasons the man with the floppy hat is my favourite character in the book Stardust.

    -Hannah Hughes-

  22. My favourite character in the story Stardust is Tristran, he was the main character in the story and went on a journey to find a fallen star for his crush Victoria Forester. Throughout the story Tristran evolved and changed his opinions on a lot of things. One thing I liked about Tristran was his determination and devotion, he would do anything for Victoria for example when he said “I would go to India for you, Victoria Forester, and bring you the tusks of elephants, and pearls as big as your thumb, and rubies the size of wren’s eggs” (Gaimen 61). Even when she asked for the fallen star he was confident in his love for her, even when any other person would have thought it was impossible and would have given up instantly Tristran was positive that he could do it. On his journey he faced many challenges including bad weather, a stubborn Star and an evil Witch but he never gave up and stayed strong the whole time. Another trait I liked about Tristran was his kindness, when he saw how much the Star was struggling he always tried to make her feel better no matter what she said or did to him. He made a splint for her leg and always made sure she wasn’t hurting, even when she escaped from him, he still worried about her and wanted to make sure she was alright. Also when he brought Victoria the Star, and she told him she had fallen in love with another man he understood and told her “I desire that you should be as happy together as ever a man and woman have ever been” (Gaimen 303). He wanted her to be happy whether or not it was with him. Overall throughout the story I think Tristran grew and became a lot more mature he also became less self-centered and even fell in love. Tristran was strong, determined, courageous, devoted, kind and loving. He was a complex character that was very interesting to read about.

    -lindsay

  23. My favourite character throughout the book has been the little man with the floppy hat. It surprised me that he ended up being one of the fellowships who were trying to help Yvaine and Tristran get to Wall. He seemed a most hospitable little fellow and reminded me greatly of the dwarf Gimli from the Lord of the Rings who is sharp, to the point and a little humorous at some given moments. Some examples of his hospitality are when he woke Tristan from his slumber and offered him some mushrumps although in his eyes they were “More or less like something what’s been dead for a week and a cat wouldn’t touch” (Gaiman 98). Another example is when the little man went and brought Tristran a new set of clothes. These were bought so that he would look like a total stranger and that “This is what people wears hereabouts y’see” (Gaiman 130) in the village and region they were in. I also found the little man to be some sort of a secretive little fellow because he would constantly make sure that know one would look over his shoulder while he was opening his sack of “treasures.” However he was also very generous in the sense that he gave many gifts for him to succeed in his travels to find the star. For example he gave Tristran the candle which saved him countless weeks of travel on many occasions.

    – Haaris Aziz 🙂

  24. my favourtie character in stardust is tristran. He is my favourtie character becasue when he is determened to do something, he will do it no matter how long it takes him, or what he has to do.”i will go to austaillia and bring you back a kangaroo”(Gainman). Tristran has growen as a character over the chapters ive read so far. At teh begginging of the book Tristran was in love with Victoria, and was to afraid to talk to her. However now he is on a mission to find the star to gain her love. “I will find that star”(Gaiman)

  25. My favorite character from Stardust is Tristran Thorn. Tristran is a young man who will do anything for his love (Victoria Forester). Love is my favorite things when it comes to reading, it gives a boost to the story line and helps me be more engaged in the book. Tristran is my favorite character because he is kind, good looking, a little wimpy (which makes him cool), brave, and adventurous. I know he is adventurous because he says“I would go to India for you, and bring you the tusks of elephants, and pearls as big as your thumb, and rubies the size of wren’s eggs” (Gaiman 61). I know Tristran is very brave because he set out on a huge adventure in spite of love and risked his life for a woman. On page 70-71, Tristran went threw the wall to unknown land. Tristran is a very kind and responsible man. On page 143,Tristran took his knife out and made a crutch for the star. This is a very kind thing to do for someone who needs help. This book is not one of my favorite. However, I still do like some of the characters, the plot, and the rising action that occurs during the movie (mainly chapter 7). I look forward to reading the rest of the book.

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