Byron Essay

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Byronic Figure Manfred is a drama in verse by George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron, published in 1817. This piece is inspired by Goethe's Faust and according to some critics it contains an allusion to the poet's half-sister Augusta Leigh. In Byron's poem, the hero, superhuman figure, is doomed by fate to destroy those he loves. In vain he began to look for Astarte, ideal spirit which has sole power to alleviate the guilt that he is obsessed by. Racked with remorse after he had killed the woman he loved, Manfred lived alone as a cursed man in the heart of the Alps. He summons the spirits of the universe, and they offer him everything except the only thing he wants, to forget his deed. He then tried, unsuccessfully, to jump off a high peak. He then visited the home of Ahriam, but he refuses to submit to evil spirits, urging them to raise the dead. Finally Astarte appears, the woman he loved and killed by his embrace ("My embrace was fatal...I loved her and destroy'd her"). Answering to his summon, Astarte tells him he will die the next day. At the time predicted demons appear to capture him, but Manfred denies their power over him. Yet hardly did they get there that he died. The situation of Manfred becomes one of the favorite clichés making up the portrait of the romantic fatal man. Characters Manfred, the main character, the archetypal romantic tormented hero A chamois hunter, who will save Manfred from suicide The abbot of Saint-Maurice, good man in Act III to save the soul of Manfred Manuel, the servant of Manfred Herman, a servant of Manfred The nymph of the Alps Ahriman, Lord of Spirits Nemesis, the goddess of revenge The Fate Spirits Astarte This tragedy inspired a dramatic poem in three parts for narrator, soloists, chorus and

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