Thursday, March 30, 2006

The antihero


Lord Byron made a character type famous. This character type is the Byronic Hero. Here is a definition:

An antihero who is a romanticized but wicked character. Conventionally, the figure is a young and attractive male with a bad reputation. He defies authority and conventional morality, and becomes paradoxically ennabled by his peculiar rejection of virtue. http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_B.html

Name someone in life, literature, or movies who could be a Byronic hero and explain your reasons.

25 comments:

maxg3 said...

Han Solo from Star Wars possibly. I think he sort of shows most of those traits. And he is pretty awesome, no doubt about that.

jordanl5 said...

There was a show on the WB called The Mountain. It was cancelled, but that isn't important. On the show, one of the characters was the rich, snobbish son of a hotel millionare. He wasn't the main character, but he would always create problems for the other rich family on the show. My friend, who is a girl would watch the show, and tell me how hot he is even though she would say he is a jerk. Sometimes he would do things that would just make you question why someone would do that, but o well. Perhaps that's one reason the show was cancelled.

Levine5 said...

The best idea i have about who is an anti-hero is Malfoy from Harry Potter because he is a very very weird/un-understandable, and i guess you could say is attractive? excuse my lack of physical judgemnent of other men. I think he is an anti-hero because he is youing, possibly good looking, and misunderstood, also, hes a freak who needs to get a new hobby instead of being a death-eater, hes only headed for sure death. The only reason i could say hes not a byonic hero is because hes not likeable at all. Another possible anti-hero is Lucas' dad from One Tree Hill, besides the fact hes not young and not well liked.

AndersonS6 said...

What about Batman? I would have to say that Batman is one of the ultimate antiheroes period. Bruce Wayne is a rich vigilante who will basically do whatever it takes in order to "defeat villains". He is not afraid to kill if he has to either.

Mitchell M 6 said...

Maverick from Top Gun. He is a great hero figure but he goes about doing things his own way. Because of this he makes some enemies and has some difficult times but in the end he is the best.

w00t n00bz! said...

Some examples of antiheros might be Mercutio or Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet. Also, in the movie "John Carpenter's 'The Thing,'" for example, one of the other characters is constantly suspicious of the main character, and so sincerely distrusts him that not only does he call the main character's trustworthiness into question, but the movie ends with the viewer not knowing if he is human or a monster. This character could be considered an antihero in that, while not romantic, handsome or young, he fulfills the role of the antihero admirably.

carolineb1 said...

Hmm, Jess from Gilmore girls. He was kind of a jerk but you could tell that he was in love with Rori. I think the fact that he was a "bad boy" and the Rori was able to somewhat change him made him a Byonic Hero.

ColeT3 said...

Sebastian from Cruel Intentions would be considered an antihero. He is a sexaholic, cruel, and insulting person. His entire goal in life is to see how many girls he can "tame". However, something about him makes him seem like a hero, because in the end you figure out that he truly has a heart, he is simply a troubled youth who is influenced by his step sister Kathryn.

jonathann6 said...

I immeadiately thought of Shrek after reading the description. He is the good guy in the movies, but has a bad reputation and has a bad temper. He isn't exactly young and handsome but other than that...

carolinec1 said...

I think Ryan from the O.C. would be the perfect Byronic hero. But only from the first season. He would beat people up and was the kid from "the wrong side of the tracks." Now he has cut his hair and lost the leather cuff, so he is like the other rich kids on the O.C.

KatieM1 said...

Deffinitly the guy on the OC that is now hooking up with Marissa. I dont know his name but hes gotter her back into her drinking and rebellion phase and he has picked many fights with Ryan. He is the perfect antihero to Marissa's rescue from her golddigging mother!!!!

saram3 said...

This description of the "Byronic hero" reminds me of John Travolta in Grease. He is a sort of rebel to authority with his leather jacket and greased hair, but is romanticized by girls. His appeal is based on his good looks mixed with his edgy reputation. Very Romantic.

MrsC said...

Caroline, I agree about Jess on Gilmore Girls. I love that show, and he was that misunderstood bad boy that we all hoped Rori would end up turning good.

Leeb3 said...

The perfect anithero is Sebastion from Cruel Intentions. His life goal is to see how many girls he can take advantage of by the end of his high school carreer. He drinks and smokes a lot, and he has no morals. He is just trying to build his "bad" reputation.

GriffB5 said...

Jack from 24 is a anti hero because he kills people to achieve his goals. He even threatens the person he loves. He always gets the job done. Some of the time he does it in a way that some people don't like.

stus6 said...

I would have to agree with mitch. i think the best anti-hero is Maverick from TopGun. he flies by the seat of his pants, is dangerous, and is also very good at what he does. he also demontrates a nonheroic trait when Goose dies. he is crushed and seems to never be able to fly again, but he overcomes.

Addie said...

Grease jumps out at me, all the T-birds, especially Danny. He tries to become a jock to show Sandy that he loves her, but come on he hits that guy in the face. Its obvious that he still has to be the leather, greased hair guy...so instead Sandy changes.

lillyb5 said...

i definatly agree with Katie. That guy Volchok who Marissa is hooking up with on the OC is bad news. She is drinking again and he wants her to do drugs and he does not take care of her the way Ryan did. This makes ryan the perfect anti-hero.

Johnf5 said...

I would have to agree with max. Han solo seems like he would be a good one, if only in the first movie. He is mysterious, goodlooking, and somewhat of a good person underneath.

carletonw1 said...

A great example of a byronic hero would be Batman. He leads these two seperate lifestyles, one in which he is rich and famous and another where he is very misunderstood. In his "human life" he is unable to have an actual relationship and is very reclusive. For this he is very misunderstood but because of his wealth mosty he is seen as just being cocky. He is represented by a dark symbol, the bat, yet he is a hero. No matter how many remakes they do, Batman will always be extremely handsome, dark and very misunderstood.

christ1 said...

I'd have to go with mitchell; you can't really come up with a much better antihero than Maverick from Top Gun. If I had to throw one out there I'd say Peter Griffin, but I don't really know how to argue it other than he screws everything up.

JoanneL1 said...

I think that Fonze on "Happy Days" is an example of the Byronic Hero. He is exactly what the definition describes. He's the attractive, young male with a bad reputation.

Reidf3 said...

I think Batman is one. He is very misunderstood. Batman is also a very dark super hero.

jacksonj3 said...

when i think of the anti hero i think of shrek. He has alot of the same characteristics as one. Though he doesnt want to he accepts the challenge when it comes.

Shambhavi said...

Dr. Gregory House from House M.D.
Or Satan from Milton's Paradise Lost.