The term "Pollyanna" came into the lexicon with the 1913 publication of Pollyanna, a novel by Eleanor H. Porter. The name has come to mean
A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic.
(By the way, the term echoes Voltaire's Pangloss, a character from Candide "who views a situation with unwarranted optimism.")
The term is used in the following way:
"Only a Pollyanna would think the climate change problem will solve itself over time."
I've wracked my brain to come up with a correspondingly pessimistic term, based on a character in literature, but I'm coming up empty. Yet it feels like there must be such a name just beyond the veil of cobwebs blocking my memory. Any ideas?
The term must involve a character from literature, and must be in a form that would fill in the following blank:
"Only a _______ would think human beings can't figure out a way to solve the issues that we face."