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The Perfect Man: In Theory

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Looking for the Perfect Man? Maybe the answer is in the books this time…

They say a perfect man does not exist. But we wonder, if he doesn’t, then how are all expectations conceived? The classic picture of Mr. Right being tall, dark and handsome, with words to stop your heart beat, manners to die for, and love….love that is all-consuming, has been engraved into a girl’s mind since time immemorial. Since she read books. The classics novels that burden the shelves of the walls. And let’s take the liberty to say not only is it the engraved concept, but also the reason behind many many ‘Break-Ups’!

Writing letters, travelling for months to tell her of your affection, and waiting for her, who has time for all that? But in theory, knew it right. If love is not the knee weakening, crazy, groovy kind of love, then of what use it is?

 So this Valentine’s we thought of bringing you men from old tattered pages who defined love.


Fitzwilliam Darcy

Fitzwilliam Darcy

The absolute quintessential; arrogant and insufferable yet, kind and thoughtful, Mr. Darcy is the archetype of the ultimate romantic hero. The twenty eight year old male protagonist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is tall, handsome, witty and “blessed in a peculiar way, with everything the heart of mortal can most desire”.

The Perfect Man : In Theory | Pride and Prejudice - Fitzwilliam Darcy | TDG Magazine

Our Favourite Quote:

“If your feelings are still what they were last april, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.”


Heathcliff

Heathcliff

If there ever is a tormented romantic hero, it is Heathcliff from Emily Brontë’s  Wuthering Heights. Brontë’s bryonic hero depicts a man, bitter and haunted yet capable of such passionate love, so powerful that it destroys not just him but all around him. 

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Our Favourite Quote:

“Be with me always — take any form — drive me mad!Only do not leave me in the abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”


Edward Fairfax Rochester 

Rothchester

Wounded and troubled from his mistake of youth, Mr. Rochester of Thornfield Hall from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, falls madly in love with the young pious Jane, who challenges his tosh logic, only to conflict between conscience and passion. This heavy-browed protagonist is far from the larger than life image of romantic heroes. He portrays a fantastically craggy-looking man who, a good natured man, is always on the edge of outrage and sketches sexual desires as a result of time and toil from his early days.

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Our Favourite Quote:

“I have little left in myself — I must have you. The world may laugh – may call me absurd, selfish – but it does not signify. My very sould demands you: it will be satified, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”


Rhett Butler

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“A visitor from Charleston” , from Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Captain Rhett K. Butler is painted in dark sexuality and often referred to as the “black devil”. His love for Scarlett O’Hara is devotional, and leaves this shunned black sheep yearning even after she is “so brutal to those who love” her. 

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Our Favourite Quote:

“Did it ever occur to you that I loved you as much as a man can love a woman? Loved you for years before I finally got you? During the war I’d go away and try to forget you, but I couldn’t and I always had to come back.”


Frederick Wentworth 

Rupert Persuassions

Captain Frederick Wentworth, from Persuasion by Jane Austen, is the archetype of the new age gentleman with etiquettes, consideration for the elder, gallantry, independece and everything else expected of a gentleman, yet completely aware of his feelings and emotions for the ‘persuaded’ Anne Elliot. Loved most for his letter to Anne in which shows he feels as strongly, arguing and fighting with himself, for her as she feels for him. It is heart-breaking, yet so hopeful.

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Our Favourite Quote:

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years ago.”


Romeo Montague 

Romeo

How can there be talk about romantic heroes without Romeo, O Romeo! What can we say about him that has not already been said? This title character from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, loved so deeply, truly and madly that today he has become a synonym for all the ‘hopeless passionate lovers’ around the world. Only a child, painted with such deep emotions of love killed himself due to mistakenly believing Juliet’s death. Fighting family conflict, Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers, leave us wondering, “What’s in a name?”

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Our Favourite Quote:

“But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!”


So that’s that.

Girls, while you wait for your Mr.Right, why not indulge in some of the literary men who will make you swoon ? And guys, well, what can we say! With the much dying chilvary, why not learn the ways of these men and prepare for what your Miss. Always Right expects?


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