The byronic hero is a type of character (an anti-hero, an anti-villain, or just a villain) popularized by the works of lord byron, whose protagonists often embodied this archetype, though they existed before him. The description of the shadow is a little misleading he is not the antagonist, and not evil he mirrors the side of the hero that he/she is not aware of, but must acknowledge in order to continue and be sucessful on his/her journey. Heathcliff is a hero in the broadest sense of the word because he is the chief character or protagonist of the novel he is not, however, a hero in the strictly tragic sense like hamlet or in the. The character of heathcliff in wuthering heights by emily bronte in wuthering heights heathcliff is both a romantic hero and a villain as a romantic hero he is noble, brave and involved in a passionate love affair, he is also the main character. Heathcliff has been described as both an archetypal romantic hero and an intrinsically evil villain explore the contradictory character of heathcliff in wuthering heights, with reference to these generic categories.
Heathcliff has been described as both an archetypal romantic hero and an intrinsically evil also she challenges the morals of the victorian era by giving catherine the more dominant role her husband, edgar linton, is made out to be more feminine than catherine is. Heathcliff is a romantic hero in the sense of byronic romanticism and, in that sense, he is fairly typical: moody, broody, destructive to self and others, flaunts his. The byronic hero is a variant of the romantic hero as a type of character, named after the english romantic poet lord byron both byron's own persona as well as characters from his writings are considered to provide defining features to the character type.
Heathcliff heathcliff: the lover and the villain many characters in a story are pretty straight forward they are either bad or good heath cliff, in wuthering heights is an morally ambiguous character because he can be said to be pure evil, or the villain in the novel, yet he can also be consider the hero because he does all of this out of love. Heathcliff also possesses traits of the byronic hero a byronic hero is a type of romantic hero with dark characteristics he is brooding, ostracized from society in some way, intelligent. In heathcliff, for example, there is a real sense in which his antipathy towards man leads him to commit crimes that are truly evil and horrendous, wheras a romantic hero is less dark and more of. Some have classified the byronic hero archetype as a variant of the romantic hero, while others have claimed the term to be a variant of the anti-hero or even the villain, albeit portrayed as the hero of his own tale.
The nativity of heathcliff is portrayed to be a vilified satanic hero oppression by the a 'family' that refuses to accept him intellectual development by his persecution at the hands of distinctly christian characters. The character of heathcliff in wuthering heights by emily bronte - the character of heathcliff in wuthering heights by emily bronte in wuthering heights heathcliff is both a romantic hero and a villain. Heathcliff's romantic and erotic appeal is a major contribution to today's byronic hero my students refer to the attraction women have for heathcliff and his literary descendents as the bad-boy syndrome. Hamlet - hero or villain heathcliff has been described as both an archetypal romantic hero and an intrinsically evil villain lago is the villain of the tragedy othello but to what extent is he a tragic villain.
(1) after listing the characteristics of the byronic hero, mclain goes on to state that xena is the archetypal byronic hero, but with a twist: she is a woman (1) she goes on to compare xena to heathcliff in wuthering heights. Good or totally evil based on frye's interpretation of the archetypal hero, he does not fit into the archetypal frame of the hero or the villain according to northrop frye's archetypal criticism: theory of myths there are.
It is my intention to prove heathcliff as a byronic hero by classifying him under the six attributes of the archetype the first major sign of a byronic hero is he is often alienated from humanity in the beginning of the story heathcliff is adopted by earnshaw. Numerous polls have voted him literature's most romantic hero, which says a lot about the kind of men we like—tortured, brooding, and obsessive heathcliff is the embodiment of what is known by literary types as the byronic hero: a dark, outsider antihero (kind of like mr rochester from jane eyre or edward cullen from twilight . According to many literary critics and biographers, lord byron developed the archetype of the byronic hero in response to his boredom with traditional and romantic heroic literary characters.