From Moreau to Cartyle to the archetype of the creative hero who had moral failings – is this my archetype?

How interesting: I traced back a little. A lengthy literary analysis of The Island of Dr. Moreau by Leon Stover in The Island of Doctor Moreau: A Critical Text of the 1896 First Edition, with an Introduction and Appendices, which was reviewed on http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/review_essays/hughes71.htm by David Y. Hughes … Stovers says Dr. Moreau is a “Cartyle-type hero”, which the reviewer was puzzled by.

So, not knowing who Carlyte was, I looked him up to see his view of the hero, in hopes to understand more of the basis for the archetypes upon which I base own life quest:

From Wikipedia:
“For Carlyle, the hero was somewhat similar to Aristotle’s “Magnanimous” man – a person who flourished in the fullest sense. However, for Carlyle, unlike Aristotle, the world was filled with contradictions with which the hero had to deal. All heroes will be flawed. Their heroism lay in their creative energy in the face of these difficulties, not in their moral perfection. To sneer at such a person for their failings is the philosophy of those who seek comfort in the conventional. “

The flawed hero whose moral failings are far outweighed by their creative energy.

Was Carlyte the basis for this concept? I don’t know yet. I really want to find the source of this concept. This is an interesting line of research and thank you for sparking it!

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