Byronic Hero

Topics: Wuthering Heights, Hero, George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron Pages: 2 (640 words) Published: January 2, 2013
Eighth canto:
Don Juan is sold to Turks. And he is placed in an apartment of the palace, from which he escaped. And then he takes part in the war between Turks and Russians. Eighth canto is about his participation in the final assault on Ismail. During the war, he is swept away by a thirst for glory and proves himself to be a soldier of prowess and courage. 3: he is against war by saying that “war’s merit it by no means might enhance, to waste so much gold for a little dross”. 20: “of dead and dying thousands” show his disapproval of war. 4: And he criticizes hypocritical gentry because they support and wage the war for desire for a higher title, a loftier station. He reveals the dark side of the society here. 19: he courageously joins a corps [kɔː] and fights against enemies with great efforts. He actively fights for freedom. 32: during fighting, his own corps disappeared and he received no command. He “rushed where the thickest fire” in order to win the honor. 140: contrast—Juan is contrasted with others in order to tell us that he is kind and humanitarian. What I mentioned above is related to his good character. But he is imperfect. He has his own limitation. From stanza 3, he is against war, but he approvals war if the soldiers fight for freedom in a war. A war fought for freedom also waste “much gold for a little dross”. 19: he is not experienced and does not have a clear goal to fight. He “fought away with might and main, not knowing the way”. 32: he was separated. As a Byronic hero, he is isolated from society as a wanderer. It is common. Anyway, he is in exile after his scandal from chapter 1. 24:He is “a broth of a boy” and a thing of impulse. He can be sentimental and self-destructive by defying moral standards. And he can also be courageous enough to participate in a war. From the previous chapters, Juan is depicted as a descent of noble and sexually appealing. He is educated. Also, he continuously obsesses with women. And he has distaste for social...
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