Fictional Characters That Inspire: TV's Jack Bauer

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Shrewd, Selfish Scarlett: A Complicated Heroine

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Pollyanna: Spirit of Optimism Born Out of War

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America's Love Affair with Stereotyped Brands

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Eve Harrington: The Bad Girl, Hollywood Style

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J.D. Salinger's classic novel, which gave life to Holden Caulfield. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Holden Caulfield: Giving Voice to Generations

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The Lone Ranger: Justice from Outside the Law

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Lassie: The Perfect Dog Sets High Bar for Real Pups

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Talkin' Trash, Telling Truth: Richard Pryor's Mudbone

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Our Characters, Ourselves: 'In Character' From NPR

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