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George Gordon, Lord Byron

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George Gordon, Lord Byron

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

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