Because you like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye
John Yossarian is trapped in irony as he must be insane to leave the war but if he does try to leave, he'll be deemed sane and will be forced to stay, See them in Catch-22.
Ishmael is a quiet observer on a larger-than-life quest. See them in Moby Dick.
Macbeth was probably named "Most Likely to Kill His Rivals" in his senior yearbook. See them in Macbeth.
Celie Johnson says she's poor, black, and may even be ugly. But dear God she's here. See them in The Color Purple.
Basil Hallward is dominated, soul, brain, and power by Dorian. See them in Dorian Gray.
Gregor Samsa is an ordinary man in an abnormal predicament. See them in The Metamorphosis.
Catherine Linton was once spontaneous and rowdy but ever since marrying the wealthy Edgar, she has morphed into a boiling pot of emotional outbursts. See them in Wuthering Heights.
Riggan Thomson is a washed-up movie star running from his inner demons. Alas those inner demons look just like the superhero he used to play. See them in Birdman.
Hannah Horvath is kind of a mess, but she owns her messiness in a way few people do. See them in Girls.
For Scout Finch, growing up means learning the world is a more complicated place than you once thought. See them in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Romantic, impulsive, and captivated by the joys of life, Natasha Rostova is on the messy path of growing up. See them in War and Peace.
A working class janitor with a world-class mind, Will Hunting is cocky, brash, and combative about his future. See them in Good Will Hunting.