Byronic hero: 'The picture of Dorian Gray' - Oscar Wilde.
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
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
184.108.40.206 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.
220.127.116.11.1 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
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
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
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
18.104.22.168 "His romantic olive-coloured face and worn expression interested him." - concerning LH p23
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