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George Gordon, Lord Byron

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  • 1. George Gordon, Lord Byron
  • 2. Byronic Hero
    ‘’Hey, Johnny, What are you rebelling against’’?
    ‘’What’ve you got’’? - Marlon Brando
    Movies such as Marlon Brando’s ‘’Wild One’’ have popularized the ideal of an irresistible bad boy, glamorous in his fatal passion, rivaling society with a hell-bent glare.
    This bad boy stereotype first entered English culture in the poetry of Lord Byron. These ill-fated but beautifully emotional characters are called “Byronic Heroes.”
  • 3. Byronic Hero- Characteristics
    Anti-hero, dark side
    Advanced intelligence and perception
    cunning and able to adapt
    sophisticated and educated
    self-critical and introspective, internal struggle
    mysterious, magnetic and charismatic
    Seductive, socially and sexually dominant
    Emotionally unstable, moody, cynical, arrogant, self-destructive
    Rails against conventional society, disregards authority, rank, privilege
  • 4. Examples:
    19th century
    Byron’s: Manfred, Childe Harold
    Wuthering Heights – Heathcliff
    Jane Eyre – Mr. Rochester
    Phantom of the Opera – Erik aka “The Phantom”
    20th Century:
    James Joyce’s - Stephen Daedelus
    The Crow
    Spawn
    Batman
    Dr. Gregory House
    Vampire Chronicles - Lestat
  • 5. Don Juan
    Parody/Satire
    Lofty epic
    All things Romantic – anti Wordsworthian
    Somewhat typical of late romantics
    “modern folly”
    Pokes fun at:
    Religion and morality
    Authority
    Nothing is sacred
    Pokes fun at himself as well
    Holds respect for:
    Sexual love
  • 6. Don Juan
    Narrator
    Parodies the intrusive narrators of previous literary generations
    Extraordinarily self-concious
    Gets off topic
    On tangents
    Breaks the “fourth wall”
  • 7. Don Juan
    Still retains some Romantic traits
    Democracy, revolution
    Divinity of

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