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The use of heroes in Rob Roy by Walter Scott
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Sir Walter Scott is the author of such famous literary works as Ivanhoe, The Heart of Midlothian and Rob Roy which all include heroes. My intention with this essay is to explore the use of heroes in Rob Roy and try to show what features the very different heroes have in Scott’s novel. I will also do a comparison between the different heroes represented in Scott’s novel. And although, Rob Roy is like Scott’s other novels in some ways it is also very different. Due to this fact I will focus on the novel both as typical as well as distinct. The heroes in Rob Roy have many faces and characteristics. For instance, there are those who reflect the historic turbulence. There are those ‘archetypal romantic’ heroes that seem to possess wholeness, unselfconscious passion and the ability to act. Rob Roy is a story about two different types of romantic heroes. Both Frank and Rob Roy are romantic heroes, in the sense that they act upon their passions. Frank has certain traits of being a romantic hero whereas Rob Roy has others. However, in the novel we also find other characters with diabolic features such as: the dark hero Rashleigh, and two active female heroes in the divine Diana Vernon and in the terrifying Helen MacGregor. On the one hand, Rob Roy is a novel that shows social, political and moral dilemmas within the societies depicted. On the other hand, Scott transforms many of the literary trends that were important at the time when Rob Roy was written, onto the heroes.

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2003. , 22 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53731Local ID: ENG C-15OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53731DiVA: diva2:1102291
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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