Is Don Juan in Byron's long poem Don Juan a Byronic Hero?

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Don Juan does not strike me as a Byronic hero.

The Byronic hero has qualities that reflected Lord Byron himself. As outlined in Byron's The Corsair, the Byronic hero is "that man of loneliness and mystery" who is "scarce seen to smile, and seldom heard to sigh." The Byronic hero is closed off to the world, shrouded in questions, and capable of a dangerous edge.

Such worldly traits do not describe Don Juan. One reason is because he is quite naive. If the Byronic hero is the puppeteer who makes sure that everyone else dances to his tune, Don Juan is a puppet. His trusting nature makes him easily malleable in the hands of other people. Don Juan lives up to his namesake as "the true one" when he falls in...

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