Heathcliff As A Byronic Hero

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A “Byronic hero” is a character who inherits the traits of being rebellious, anti-social, and presumptuous. The term originates from an English poet, Lord Byron. In the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Heathcliff is the protagonist who displays the several qualities of a Byronic hero. Heathcliff suffering such a harsh childhood is one of the reasons he is so rebellious and vengeful towards some of the characters. His past of being abandoned leads him to have no empathy or emotion, which results in him lashing out in a series of violent events. The boundaries of love are pushed by Bronte and it is evident that a binding of two souls is almost impossible in a world of norms. As romantic as it seems to fall in love, it creates a…show more content…
He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.” (Bronte 82) This quote said by Catherine, shows that she is utterly in love with Heathcliff and not Edgar. The path of Heathcliff’s vengeance starts to form when he hears the news of them getting married, and he flees for three years because he cannot handle this terrible news. Upon his return, he comes back to Wuthering Heights, even worse than he was before. For example, a major problem before he left was his social status. He was never given the title of having a high social status, even after he is adopted by Mr. Earnshaw because he was never accepted by Hindley. ““Take my colt, Gipsy, then!” said young Earnshaw. “And I pray that he may break your neck: take him, and he damned, you beggarly interloper! and wheedle my father out of all he has: only afterwards show him what you are, imp of Satan.” (Bronte 47). In this quote, it is evident that Hindley is not accepting of Heathcliff at all, mostly for the reason that Mr. Earnshaw treated Heathcliff as his favorite child. This is a big part of the vengeance that Heathcliff portrays because many of his actions have to do with the uproar between Heathcliff and Hindley. Therefore, Heathcliff’s experiences of heartbreak and the feeling of being an outcast is what leads him to be the Byronic hero that he is. Heathcliff, in a way, becomes a victim of Hindley Earnshaw. After the death of his father,
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