“The Giaour ” by Lord Byron is about a foreigner. The plot describes a western European man that travels to the Ottoman Empire, and has an affair with a Muslim woman, the wife of Hassan. Upon discovery of the affair, Hassan kills his wife. The giaour gets revenge through an act of love, and violent passion by killing Hassan, detaching his head, and sending it to Hassan’s mother. In response, Hassan’s mother curses the giaour to wander the earth as a vampire or undead.
Themes of outcast, love, guilt, and violence are seen repeatedly in many portrayals of vampire stories. The common features of vampires are continuous with the giaour. However, he also encompasses characteristics that describe him as a hero, and a romantic. Overall “The Giaour” distorts the distinction between hero and villain. Instead, Lord Byron creates a character that is not only a romantic hero, but also a vampire. As a result, Byron reconstructs and transitions a previous symbol of negativity into a Byronic hero.
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Caffee, N. (2017). Unit 2: Society and the Individual [Panopto]. Retrieved from https://arizona.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=61b9b2be-de14-4c0c-9a44-6553fdc2a01d