Crazy Cora is considered crazy because she lives in the past. Calling men by her husband’s name,
Ilove Quigley Down Under. I’ve probably watched it five times. And I’ve never completely understood Cora. Each time it gets a little better, a tad bit clearer. Cora is a survivor, my favorite type of heroine. I’ve heard people talk about (myself included) how much they love a tortured hero, but I have to say, tortured heroines (while few and far between) are my favorite. Cora represents what I would consider The Survivor of the female archetypes. After having experienced the trauma of killing her child and being abandoned by her husband, she survives by wearing the mask of insanity, reliving the days of her life with
The Survivor is an interesting heroine (in the context of surviving a past trauma) because of what she must overcome to be with the hero and what he must accept in order to be with her. The survivor usually feels responsible for the past and therefore sees herself as inferior for it. She blames herself for a poor childhood, failed relationships and any lack of education or experience. And being tortured for past sins keeps her from finding happiness in the present. I enjoy stories with Survivor heroines, although they can run the risk of being TSTL, they are entertaining.
Survivor heroines use many masks to cover the truth. Insanity, a bad reputation, cattiness, intelligence and my least favorite, silence. But what I like about the survivor heroine is that they are strong on their own, without the hero. The fact that they have lived and kept themselves in one piece is a testament of their strength. However, it is the survivor heroine that makes us love the hero. The hero who can accept the heroine regardless of her past. The hero who helps her to face her fears. The hero who saves her from her own self destruct button. Our true knight in shining armor of unconditional love. The survivor tells the most beautiful story.
PS: Sorry Trollop, but Tom Selleck knows how to work a mustache!