Joseph The Dreamer : A Byronic Hero

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Joseph The Dreamer Chandler lays out the characteristics of a Byronic Hero in his essay “The Simple Art of Murder”, defining a Byronic Hero as the type of person who is either: intelligent, cunning, ruthless, arrogant, depressive, violent, self-aware, emotionally or intellectually tortured, traumatized, highly emotional, manipulative, self-serving, spiritually doubtful, reckless or suicidal, prone to bursts of anger, prone to substance abuse, dedicated to pursuing matters of justice over matters of legality, given to self-destructive impulses, or sexually appealing. The clearest definition of a person like this, in biblical times, is none other than Joseph “The Dreamer”. Joseph fills the definition of a Byronic Hero, and it all starts at his birth. Joseph was the only son of his father Jacob and mother Rachel, a miracle because of their age. Joseph was immediately favored by his father Jacob, and his brothers were very jealous. One day, while his brothers were out in the field caring for the sheep, Joseph approached them and told of his dream. “We were in the field tying bundles of wheat together. My bundle stood up, and your bundles of wheat gathered around it and bowed down to it” (Genesis 37:7). Hearing this, his brothers began to hate him even more. Joseph soon had another dream, which he presented to his brothers, saying “Listen, I had another dream. I saw the sun, moon, and eleven stars bowing down to me” (Genesis 37:9). Joseph’s brother immediately became

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