Song of the day: Sanctified by Nine Inch Nails
Have you heard of the Byronic Hero? A Byronic hero is a protagonist, or antihero, who is romanticized but flawed. Someone much like the Romantic hero who rejects and is rejected by the society. Someone steeped with darkened, destructive, dangerous traits.
The term Byronic hero is named for the characters often portrayed in the works of the colorful English poet, Lord Byron. If you know of Lord Byron’s excessive, reckless, and scandalous life, you would probably consider that he, himself, embodied the Byronic hero.
This archetypical character (predominately male, but sometimes female) might be:
- An outcast
- Sexually dominant
Sounds like a hero I can really fall in love with.
Lord Byron summed the Byronic hero up best with the last stanza in his piece The Corsair. The Corsair is written about the privateer (or pirate – depending on who you ask) Jean Laffite.
He left a corsair’s name to other times,
Linked with one virtue, and a thousand crimes.
One virtue, a thousand crimes. Hmm…that describes the pirate captains in my Romancing the Pirate series quite well. I must have a thing for the Byronic hero. A tortured soul seizes my imagination and sends my heart apitter-patter. With hands tied behind my back, I would willingly follow him. *sigh*
So, who are some Byronic heroes?
- Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights
- The Phantom of Phantom of the Opera
- Robin Hood
- Severus Snape of Harry Potter
- Anakin/Darth Vader
- Lestat of Interview with a Vampire
- Wolverine of X-Men
- Xena, Warrior Princess
- Scarlett O’Hara
- Achilles in the movie version of Troy
- And of course, Captain Jack Sparrow
Can you name a Byronic hero? Who is your favorite?