The Romantic hero
The Romantics gave special importance to the individual and his feelings.
•The Romantic hero’s personality is complex and full of contradictions: he can’t help searching for infinity although he’s aware he cannot go beyond human limits.
The Romantic hero was proud, independent, melancholy, attracted by wild nature; he considered himself different from other men and loved loneliness.
You can find a few Romantic heros in European history and literature:
-Napoleon was celebrated as a Romantic hero, since he seemed to always desire highest things and he wanted to spread all over Europe the ideals of the French Revolution, for example individual freedom.
-Lord Byron embodied the Romantic hero; in particular, he created the myth of the "Byronic hero".
-Frankenstein, the main character in Mary Shelley's novel, may be considered as a Romantic hero because he wants to go beyond human limits despite being aware of his scientific crime, which consists in creating a human being by assembling parts from corpses and infusing electricity.
-Foscolo drew inspiration from Goethe's novel to write “Le Ultime Lettere di Jacopo Ortis”, whose protagonist, Jacopo Ortis, is a young man who is led to suicide by love and political disappointment.