Byronic hero: 'The picture of Dorian Gray' - Oscar Wilde.

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Byronic hero: 'The picture of Dorian Gray' - Oscar Wilde.
1 What?
1.1 The archetype, or character type, of the Byronic Hero was first developed by the famous 19th century English Romantic poet Lord Byron
1.2 A Byronic hero can be conceptualized as an extreme variation of the Romantic Hero archetype.
1.3 According to many literary critics and biographers, Lord Byron developed the archetype of the Byron Hero in response to his boredom with traditional heroic and Romantic heroic literary characters
1.4 Byron, according critics and biographers, wanted to introduce a heroic archetype that would be not only more appealing to readers, but also more psychologically realistic.
2 Whats the difference with a 'normal' hero?
2.1 Both Romantic and Byronic Heroes tend to rebel against conventional modes of behavior and thought and possess personalities which are not traditionally heroic.
2.1.1 However, Byronic heroes are marked by a greater degree of psychological and emotional complexity than traditional Romantic Heroes. Byronic Heroes are marked not only by their outright rejection of traditional heroic virtues and values, but also their remarkable intelligence and cunning, strong feelings of affection and hatred, impulsiveness, strong sensual desires, moodiness, cynicism, dark humor and morbid sensibilities. Byronic Heroes also tend to appear as being larger than life and dress and style themselves in elaborate costumes for the purpose of marking themselves as being different from others.
2.2 Characteristics?
2.2.1 Intelligent
2.2.2 Ruthless
2.2.3 Arrogant
2.2.4 Self-aware
2.2.5 Emotionally and intellectually tortured
2.2.6 Manipulative, self-serving
2.2.7 Spiritually doubtful
2.2.8 often reckless or suicidal, prone to bursts of anger, as well as decidedly prone to substance abuse
2.2.9 dedicated to perusing matters of justice over matters of legality
2.2.10 Self-destructive impulses
2.2.11 Seductive and sexually appealing
2.2.12 Byronic Heroes tend to feel loyalty, seemingly, only to themselves and their core beliefs and values. While they often act on behalf of greater goods, they will rarely acknowledge doing such.
3 Relation to the novel?
3.1 “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” Lord Henry
3.2 “I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
3.3 "When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself." - Dorian p28
3.3.1 Self-destructive influence
3.4 "His finely-chiselled nostrils quivered, and some hidden nerve shook the scarlet of his lips and left them trembling." p23
3.4.1 Seductivley appealing "His romantic olive-coloured face and worn expression interested him." - concerning LH p23
3.5 *insert quote on intellegence*
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