Byronic Hero

Entertainment / Literature / Byronic Hero: An antihero who is a romanticized but wicked character. Conventionally, the figure is a young and attractive male with a bad reputation. He defies authority and conventional morality, and becomes paradoxically ennobled by his peculiar rejection of virtue. In this sense, Milton's Satan in Paradise Lost may be considered sympathetically as an antihero, as are many of Lord Byron's protagonists (hence the name). From American pop culture, the icon of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause is a good example. Other literary examples are Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights and the demonic Melmoth in Melmoth the Wanderer. Byronic heroes are associated with destructive passions, sometimes selfish brooding or indulgence in personal pains, alienation from their communities, persistent loneliness, intense introspection, and fiery rebellion.

Other Words for Hero

Hero Noun Synonyms: protagonist, (male) lead or star, leading man or actor, principal
Hero Adjective Synonyms: heroine, champion, exemplar, star, superstar, idol, ideal, man of the hour, luminary, notable, celebrity, knight, paladin, warrior


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