Heathcliff As A Hero Analysis

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In the novel, Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë forces readers to realize that in life, one must think critically before criticizing other human beings. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald once said, “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven 't had the advantages that you 've had.” This quotation enables one to realize that he or she should not be criticizing others around them. For example, in the novel, readers learn that Heathcliff dedicated many years of his life attempting to live happily ever after with the love of his life, Catherine—even after her death. Not to mention that in the beginning of the novel, Heathcliff is portrayed as a homeless orphan, in the streets of Liverpool, England. …show more content…
Nonetheless, as one continues to read the novel, he or she learns that after Catherine’s marriage with Edgar, Heathcliff decided to disappear and go on a long quest, in search of wealth. In fact, it can be concluded that Heathcliff’s journey makes him a romantic hero. How so? Well, at this point, Heathcliff realizes that Catherine does have feelings for him, but he is in need of wealth, in order to steal her heart from Edgar completely. Readers can argue that Heathcliff is being rejected by society; he will forever be known as the orphan child from Liverpool: “Many Romantic heroes have been somehow rejected by society or are otherwise non-conventional in their ideas and ways of life – some might be recluses, some might be obsessed with a lost love” (“What are the differences between an epic hero and a Romantic hero?” 3). Readers can claim that Heathcliff is blindly in love with Catherine; he is unable to let her go. In fact, readers can argue that Heathcliff is willing to do whatever it takes to steal her heart from Edgar; he is obsessed with the love that he lost after Catherine’s marriage with Edgar. To conclude, at the end of the novel, readers get the opportunity to argue that death will bring Edgar closer to Catherine. Heathcliff makes preparations to be buried next to the love of his life, Catherine; Heathcliff’s wish is granted, and he is now, living happily ever after with the women he

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