The heroic aspect
Posted by Erin on October 16, 1997 at 20:36:19:
In response to re:Byronic=Moronic (love that!), written by Sherry on October 16, 1997 at 15:06:19
I believe though that if there is some inherent good in them and they WANT to connect to it then all is not lost. This is for the most part what is going on with the Byronic Heroes. They are deep down, good.
What is so noble? My impression is that such 'types' stand outside the normal social realm, they are dissidents, pariahs misunderstood and misjudged by a social/moral paradigm that warps their character. If we granted that the moral sphere that judges them is wrong, superficial, or arbitrary --the Byronic type cannot participate if he is true to his conscience. And as the Other, he remains rejected by the norm, unwilling to acquiesce in the face of such rejection. It is this unwillingness that makes him noble. (It can also make him many other things, but let's just stay here. ;-))
I don't know if this is where you want to go with this Sherry, but I just had a thought.
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