re: heroic aspect
Posted by Sherry on October 17, 1997 at 08:16:33:
In response to The heroic aspect, written by Erin on October 16, 1997 at 20:36:19
I think you've picked up on why such a seemingly disagreeable psyche could remotely be attractive...the idea that there exists something noble (or heroic, as you say) in them .
... 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.
Yes that is where I was going but I think it behooves us to remember what type of Literature we are reading. This is a romance and as such the hero must have complexity and sincerity and be, in the end worthy.
Otherwise we would have the many other things you alluded to above.
(just an aside)..............
I had been wanting to read The Alienist for some time now and just finished it last week. The killer in that book is the many other things all rolled into one. Creepy,sick book, but I liked it.
I have also just got around to reading Midnight in the garden of good and evil. Interesting because it is based on truth but I wasn't seriously impressed by it. Can't understand all the hoopla about it. Anyway this leads me to want to say something about the Austen vs Bronte thread. Austen is wonderful to read and sift through all her nuances but every once in awhile it's refreshing to just get down to the nitty gritty.I think that is what some of posters in this thread are trying to say. It is like being snug and cozy in your house all winter while the storms are raging outside but on that first warm spring day it is so delightful to open all the doors and windows and let a fresh breeze blow through. That is Jane Eyre with all it,s BIG emotions. Not better just different and as such a refreshing breeze.
Louisa and others if I got you wrong please don't hesitate to correct me.
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