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43 But this is not the whole story. Despite the inexorable appeal of attempts to eschew bodily vulnerability, to map a straight gate to Eternity beyond concerns over biological life and death, it is precisely through weakness—and indeed the weakness of relation—that truth can enter the world. ”44 That Blake, like Byron, was much taken with the Gothic is not irrelevant in this context, for it is precisely the Gothic body, that which suffers and is open to piercing, which can operate as a site of shared vulnerability, as the nexus around which to organize an understanding of community.
If there is a link between his slaying of Hassan and armed struggle for (national) liberty, it is analogical rather than metaphoric or metonymic: just as the revolutionary is willing to forsake friends, family, and life itself for the sake of the cause, so too the Giaour’s love for Leila is the cause to which he devotes his life. However wicked we might perceive his comportment toward her, that the Giaour remains faithful to the life-changing effects of his love for Leila is left in no doubt. And it is with this ﬁdelity that we can turn again to a consideration of how reading The Giaour can provide a basis for intervention in current debates within contemporary critical theory.
Hates singularity as such and the singular relation of singularities. It . . ”26 The irony that the Giaour’s freedom, which annihilates itself along with the freedom of his lost love, is “That lifeless thing the living fear” 23 identical with the wickedness of Hassan is not lost upon him: “Not mine the act, though I the cause” (1061). The association of the Giaour’s crusade with a struggle for liberation can only be sustained through the conceit linking Leila to freedom, but by this very logic the Giaour’s act occurs not to save freedom but after it has already been lost.
Byron and the Politics of Freedom and Terror by Matthew J. A. Green