Romantic Hero

What are the characteristics of a romantic hero?

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timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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 ....

Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator
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.

rshaffer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

writergal06 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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).

maria-vivanco | Student

Someone who tends to be rejected by society and is saved by someone who likes them 

a character that rejects established norms and conventions, has been rejected by society, and has the self as the center of his or her own existence.The Romantic hero is often the protagonist in the literary work and there is a primary focus on the character's thoughts rather than his or her actions.

laurto | Student

Some characteristics of the romantic hero would be someone who has rejected norms and had been rejected by society because of this. They usually have wanderlust, an other characteristic include melancholy, and isolation. Many romantic heroes also have a tragic flaw, usually a moment in their past that haunts them.

yukyukco | Student

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

sunnie | Student

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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