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What are the characteristics of a romantic hero?

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pablosanchez | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2009 at 11:35 AM via web

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What are the characteristics of a romantic hero?

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rshaffer | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM (Answer #2)

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A romantic hero must possess an understanding of his inner-self or inner-world.  He must also understand the value of his experiences through emotions, intuition, and feelings rather than logically reasoning.  The audience must also be able to emotionally connect with the romantic hero on some level of emotion so that no matter the experience of the hero, the audience will relate to his experiences.

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sunnie | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM (Answer #3)

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The characteristics of a romantic hero are:

   daring,  brave, handsome, caring,

    doing the-saving-the-damsel-in-distress routine

creative, intelligent

   P.S. this is an opinion question; so this is my opinion

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mshurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 30, 2009 at 5:19 AM (Answer #4)

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What are the characteristics of a romantic hero?

What are the characteristics of a romantic hero?

Lord Byron created a model for the romantic hero in his long poem, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. Byron's hero was so well received and so frequently copied, the term "Byronic hero" came into the language of literature. Byron's hero is sophisticated, mysterious, and a bit dangerous. He is a moody rebel, who can be very arrogant. However, he is very attractive to women who are drawn to his complicated personality, hidden conflicts, and secret past. Some famous Byronic heroes include Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, and even Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind.

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 24, 2009 at 6:25 AM (Answer #5)

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In addition to #4, the American Romantic hero is also drawn to nature and filled with intuition. Typically, romantic heroes reject the standard guidelines of society and adhere to ther own code of morality and justice. (I tell my students to think Batman, not Superman).

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 24, 2009 at 8:01 AM (Answer #6)

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Another characteristic which I don't think has been mentioned is that the Romantic hero rejects established behaviors and becomes something of a law unto himself, standing for the triumph of the individual over the group.

That being said, there seem to be a wide divergence of opinion among scholars about just what this hero looks like in real life.  The Byronic hero is one model and, as someone has noted, is perhaps the most frequently referenced.  But modern literature, with it's focus on alienation, and created a new kids of "Romantic" hero with less emphasis on the romantic piece and more on the alienation/lonliness --- more of the "Kierkegaard Romanic Hero."

And as a totally unrelated comment to #5, I think it's really sad that we have created a differentiation between Batman and Superman as heroes.  I grew up with both these characters, and I never saw any difference (beside "great toys" vs. super powers) in their moral/heroic stance.  I think what "they" have made of Batman is sad ....

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yukyukco | eNoter

Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:34 AM (Answer #7)

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Characteristics of a romantic hero:

>Birth and class are unimportant: the individual transcends society

>The battle is internal: it is a psychological war won by the “courage to be me”

>Moral codes are eccentric–heroes make their own rules

>Passions are outside of individual control

>Self knowledge is valued more than physical strength or endurance
(physical courage is de-valued)

>The hero is moody, isolated, and introspective

>Loyalty is to a particular project and to a community of like-minded others


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