And Byronic Hero: The Byronic Hero

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The notion Byronic Hero took its name after the English Romantic poet Lord Byron. It first appears in latter’s poem Childe Harold 's Pilgrimage (1812–1818), and is described by the historian and critic Lord Macaulay as “a man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow, and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection” (qtd. Christiansen 201). Conventionally, the figure is presented as a young and attractive male with a bad reputation, who defies authority and conventional morality. However, he becomes paradoxically ennobled by his rejection of virtue. The Byronic Hero is associated with destructive passions, conflicting emotions, indulgence in personal pains and at the same time he is alienated from the community. This figure has a lack of respect for rank and privilege, being often an exile. It might be noticed an intense introspection in this particular character as well as a highly tension for self- destruction. Having a troubled past, the Byronic Hero is depicted conceited and demanding. He is a mysterious and gloomy spirit, superior though to his own passions and powers to the common run of humanity, whom he regards with disdain. Countless are the examples of Byronic heroes in nearly all of Byron 's epic poems, particularly in Manfred (1817) and Don Juan (1819). Other example of Byronic Heroes from 19th-century Western literature includes Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen 's novel Pride and Prejudice
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