Well, she’s right. I am almost halfway done Jane Eyre, over 300 pages into it. Let’s just say that the beginning of this book is very slow. However it does pick up (thank goodness) and I am enjoying it more.
Short literature lesson! Edward Rochester is categorized as a byronic hero, coming from the works of Lord Byron. This led me to do some research considering I have no clue what that meant!
Characteristics of a Byronic hero:
A distaste for social institutions and norms
Cunning and ability to adapt
“Dark” attributes not normally associated with a hero
Emotionally conflicted, bipolar tendencies, or moodiness
High level of intelligence and perception
Mysterious, magnetic, and charismatic
Power of seduction and attraction
Self-critical and introspective
Sophisticated and well-educated
Byronic heroes are also in contemporary works, the most famous being Batman!