Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School


First Advisor

Mildred Flynn


After establishing that the women in Don Juan play a strong role, the next question that appears deals with the Byronic hero. Byron's poetry supposedly "existed for his hero" (Thorslev 4). Where is this hero in Don Juan? The male protagonist certainly does not fit the role. Thus, we are left with the powerful suite of female characters. Each female protagonist whom Juan encounters displays traits possessed by the Byronic heroes of Romantic literature. Thus, the audience meets the Byronic hero as the female characters in Don Juan are introduced. The conglomeration of the women that Juan encounters creates the Byronic hero that many readers find missing in this epic.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. Don Juan
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 -- Characters -- Heroines
Heroines in literature




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