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The Byronic Hero (and why I think it’s back)

Do I lack extensive knowledge of classics? Yes

How many classics have I read in my life? Not a lot

Am I qualified to be speaking on this topic? Probably not

So let’s get started!

Last year in English class, we discussed and studied Byronic heroes. The concept of the Byronic hero has since stuck in my mind. This, I suspect, is because I personally think that he has been making a return.

What is a Byronic hero? Well, in the words of James Fleming,

“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.

Byronic heroes also tend to appear larger than life, and dress and style themselves in elaborate costumes for the purpose of making themselves as different from others as possible” (1).

So in a sense, they stand out because they don’t fit in. I think of them as elderly bad boys. So like Edward Cullen’s ancestor. Okay sorry I hate myself for that sentence, let’s move on. Below is the link/citation for an informative website which details characteristics that make a Byronic hero. An example would be Darcy from one of my favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice.

I also think that the modern Byronic hero is appearing in male and female characters, whereas it would be very difficult to find a Byronic heroine in the past. An example, I think, could be Jace from City of Bones. He is arrogant, sarcastic and mysterious. However, he forces his comrades to make better decisions because deep down, he is morally align with good principles.

 

Why should you care about this? IDK it’s an interesting concept.

Do you agree or disagree? Also, do you have examples of Byronic heroes that you love?

 

Fleming, James. “Byronic Hero: Definition, Characteristics & Examples.” Study.com.  Study.com, n.d. 30 May 2016. <http://study.com/academy/lesson/byronic-hero-definition-characteristics-examples.html >

 

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Weekly Read

Hi Friends!

This week I’m reading:

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I’m listening to the audiobook version of:

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What are you reading this week and have you read either of these?

 

Have a great day,

Kiss 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Birthstone Book Tag

Hi Everyone!

Long time no see 😉 Here is a book tag I found online called the Birthstone Book Tag. It was originally created here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjb4w4dS94w

1. January (GARNET): Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.

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2. February (AMETHYST): Purple is associated with royalty – Name a book with regal qualities… You can base this off of characters of choose the King of all books

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3. March (AQUAMARINE): Washed out – Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong or a follower

Hodge

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4. April (DIAMOND): A diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known

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5. May (EMERALD): Said to balance energy – Name two characters who balance each other well

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6. June (PEARL): Associated with loyalty – Name a character who is loyal to the end

Cal

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7. July (RUBY): Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry

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8. August (PERIDOT): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character

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9. September (SAPPHIRE): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming affect on you

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10. October (OPAL): Iridescent – Name an iridescent book, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (Shiny? Lots of colour?) or you can base it off of a character (Quirky? Colourful?)

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11. November (TOPAZ): Associated with resilience – Name a books with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity

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12. December (BLUE ZIRCON): Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be apart of

My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

 

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