Three Young Adult Literary Heroines Named After Flowers

The kinship between flowers and women goes beyond the concept of beauty and romance. Flowers have a significant role in giving women their voice when society tried to silence them. Dawning in the 17th century, women used a secret language of flowers to express themselves when they were buried under the power of patriarchy.

Bookworms will agree that the fruits of women revolutions are vindicated in creating powerful women literary characters christened with meaningful flower names. Young girls (like myself a few years back) learn so much from the lives of the today’s celebrated fictional characters. Here are three young girls who proved that women are epic!

Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Set in a post-apocalyptic and dystopian society, a powerful young girl emerged as the hero that her family and country needs. Katniss Everdeen is named after the katniss plant/ flower. This name takes a significant role in her destiny as a fighter.

She lives up to her name by becoming a symbol for change in the cruel world– ending hunger and poverty. It is no wonder Mama and Papa Everdeen named her Katniss as the bloom’s roots, tasting like potatoes, is a staple food for native Americans.

The Hunger Games is a play of life and death. Each tribute never hesitates to kill for the glory of coming out as the champion. Different district tributes have distinct skills. Our girl from District 12, Katniss, is the best archer. Surprisingly, the katniss plant has a latin name Sagittaria, after the zodiac archer, Sagittarius. Slay!

Lily Evans-Potter (Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling)

Harry Potter’s first conversation with Professor Snape is immortalized with the Professor’s question “What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?” In the language of flowers, Asphodel is a lily that signifying remembrance in death or after the tomb. Potterheads know very well that Lily is the Snape’s forever love, even after her death. Always, right?

Lilies symbolize not only purity, but as well as nurturing, motherhood and lasting relationships. Like her namesake, she nurtured and connected with Harry even when she is beyond the veil. Lily is more than just being loved by a man. She is also a brave and loving mother to her child Harry. She died for him and continued to look after him.

Viola (Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare yet again created a fantastic character in the persona of Viola. A daring woman who dressed like her twin brother to work in the court of Duke. As a survivor that she is, Viola upholds the essence of the viola flower. This blossom represents simplicity, but also vibrancy. In the midst of adversity, Viola strives to become the best woman she can be.

It is a great time to be a woman!