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Wuthering Heights- Is Heathcliff a man or a devil?

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Wuthering Heights- Is Heathcliff a man or a devil? "Wuthering Heights" was written by Emily Bront� and was first published in 1847, it was written during the "romantic period", it is a story of love, lust and sorrow all held together by extreme passion, love and hate. One of the main characters in the book Wuthering Heights is Heathcliff, he was a orphan who lived in Liverpool, we find very little about Heathcliff's past before he is adopted by the Earnshaw's, which makes Heathcliff a mysterious character. When Heathcliff comes to live at Wuthering Heights after being adopted by the Earnshaw's, he feels displaced as he does not know where to fit in with the family who seem to have "tight knit family system". In the beginning it is clear that Heathcliff is rejected by his older step brother Hindly and turns to Catherine for affection, but Heathcliff feels he is not worthy of the affection shown to him by his step father and the family and this causes problems with members of the family. Hindly automatically feels threatened by Heathcliff's presence and his hate for Heathcliff grows as Heathcliff gets the attention from there father that Hindly feels he deserve and this causes friction between the two characters. ...read more.

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Heathcliff hears Nelly and Catherine talking and is shocked by what Catherine says "I've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in Heaven: and if the wicked man in the there not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now" but Heathcliff only hears Catherine saying it would degrade her, his hopes and dreams of himself and Catherine to be a couple seem to be crushed and he runs from Wuthering Heights. Heatchcliff does not seem to be a devilish type but a man torched by others, and there anger especially Hindly he seems to be tormented and has no hope of receiving what he works for Catherine's love, but a devil can not love only a man can love. When Heathcliff returns to Wuthering Heights he is a new man, rich, well educated and a gentleman. He still loves Catherine and hopes to win his love back and punish all those who punished him in the past, his pure hate for the people who punished him shows in his attitude as he seems to be a different man a heart, maybe a devil. The mystery of how Heathcliff got his money is never known and arouses suspicion amongst readers as did he acquire this though evil doings. ...read more.

Conclusion

Heathcliff thought the story hurts himself, and wont let anyone get close to him except Catherine, it is quite clear that he has been affect by being degraded by Hindly and is full of hate which is his "devil side", but his love and great love fiery passion for Catherine shows Heathcliff to be a man addicted to the one he loves. I think Heathcliff's place in the story "Wuthering Heights" is not to be a man or a devil but to be a Byronic hero. He is usually isolated from society in the case of Heathcliff being degraded and running away from Wuthering Heights isolating himself from his past only returning when he knows his revenge can be had, Heathcliff is also filled with dark qualities which make him return to seek revenge, but a Byronic hero is usually passionate about a particular issue, this particular issue for Heathcliff is Catherine and we see this as he seems to be addicted to her. A Byronic hero exhibits several characteristic traits, and in many ways he can be considered a rebel. The Byronic hero does not possess "heroic virtue" in the usual sense; instead, he has many dark qualities. With regard to his intellectual capacity, self-respect, and hypersensitivity, the Byronic hero is "larger than life," and "with the loss of his titanic passions, his pride, and his certainty of self-identity, he loses also his status as [a traditional] hero" (Thorslev 187). ...read more.

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