Elmer Gantry, a Flawed Preacher for the Ages

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Darth Vader: The Tragic Man Behind the Mask

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Gordon Gekko, Preaching the Gospel of Greed

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The Little Tramp: Frequently Down, Never Out

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Cookie Monster: A Sweet, Sensual Id, Unfiltered

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From the 'In Character' Blog: George Jefferson

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Valentino's Sheik: An 'Other' Made to Swoon Over

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'Salesman' Willy Loman: A Towering Little Man

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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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