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    • George Gordon, Lord Byron
    • 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.”
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Don Juan
      Narrator
      Parodies the intrusive narrators of previous literary generations
      Extraordinarily self-concious
      Gets off topic
      On tangents
      Breaks the “fourth wall”
    • Don Juan
      Still retains some Romantic traits
      Democracy, revolution
      Divinity of