Discuss the concept of the Byronic hero in Prometheus Unbound.

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The term “Byronic hero” is derived from George Gordon, Lord Byron, an English writer and politician who lived from 1788 to 1824. The term is applied to heroes of Byron's works, such as Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and to other literary figures (generally men) who resembled Byron or characters in his works. The Byronic hero is a hallmark of Romanticism in its English variant, especially its earlier years.

The Byronic hero is a noble but flawed, and often doomed, figure. The Romantic ideal of acting out of romantic love or out of pure motives to support a cause frequently cannot be achieved in real life. But the Byronic hero suffers and sacrifices for that love or those causes. Taking an individual stand against oppressive society places him outside the bounds of conventional life. The fact that Byron himself died young, fighting for Greek patriotic causes, is one reason his name is attached to such heroes.

In Prometheus Unbound , Shelley expands on the myth of Prometheus and draws on...

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