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Hero - Jane Eyre

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Transcript of Hero - Jane Eyre

The Byronic hero
HEROeS
Mr Rochester
Lord Byron
What does this word conjour up in your minds?
Do you think there are any heroes in 'Jane Eyre'?
Superhero
Modern-day hero
Romantic hero
Antihero
Tragic hero
HERO
Think about the heroes that you have seen, read about or heard about.

List what typical character traits they share?
List what their physical appearance is typically like.
Think about what you know about the character Mr Rochester. List his character traits and describe his appearance.
During the Romantic Era (at its peak 1800 - 1850), a hybrid of the Romantic Hero evolved out of the writings of Lord Byron and the combination tragic hero/romantic hero/anti hero characterisation of many of the protagonists in Gothic Novels.
Born: 1788
Died: 1824
Regarded as one of the great British poets.
He travelled widely and fought for The Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire.
Led a promiscuous life. Had many love affairs with people of both sexes and is rumoured to have been involved with his half-sister.
He lived to excess, was an aristocrat and created a great deal of debt.
Wrote (among others):
Don Juan
The Coursair

The Byronic hero presents an idealised, but flawed character whose attributes include:

great talent
great passion
a distaste for society and social institutions
a lack of respect for rank and privilege (although possessing both)
being thwarted in love by social constraint or death
rebellion
exile
an unsavory secret past
arrogance
overconfidence or lack of foresight
ultimately, a self-destructive manner.

These types of characters have since become ubiquitous in literature and politics.
He was born with a deformity commonly known as 'club foot' which caused him to limp. He was very self conscious about it and nick named it 'the devil's limp'.
Examples of Romantic Heroes:
Romeo
Prince Charming
Jack Dawson (The Titanic)
Robin Hood
Examples of Byronic Heroes:

Character /Book/Series Author
Edward Cullen
- Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
Erik/The Phantom
- The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
Grendel
- Beowulf - Anonymous
Heathcliff
- Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
Mr. Rochester
- Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
Severus Snape
- Harry Potter series - J. K. Rowling
Tyler Durden/Narrato
r - Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

The Byronic hero presents an idealised, but flawed character whose attributes include:

great talent
great passion
a distaste for society and social institutions
a lack of respect for rank and privilege (although possessing both)
being thwarted in love by social constraint or death
rebellion
exile
an unsavory secret past
arrogance
overconfidence or lack of foresight
ultimately, a self-destructive manner.

These types of characters have since become ubiquitous in literature and politics.
Do these character traits match yours for Mr Rochester?
“The Brontes can be said to have invented a relatively new genre, a kind of northern romance, deeply influenced both by Byron's poetry and by his myth and personality, but going back also . . . to the Gothic novel and to the Elizabethan drama. When Byron died at the age of thirty-six in 1824, Bronte was but eight years old. Bronte's youthful age, however, did not preclude Byron and his works from having a profound effect on her and her writing; indeed, the "cult" of Lord Byron flourished shortly after his death "dominating [the Brontes'] girlhood and their young womanhood“

('The Victorian Novel' by Harold Bloom)
Harold Bloom
(b.1930)
An American literary critic
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