Racism and "Wuthering Heights"
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This paper contends that the language used to describe the character of Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights" sets the tone for erratic and inappropriate behavior within the novel. The paper attempts to determine why must Heathcliff be dark-skinned and why Bronte chose to portray this emotionally violent character with that complexion. The paper also argues that for this reason, the novel, and the language used to describe Heathcliff, comes across as racist.
From the Paper:"The author immediately sets Heathcliff apart in this way, and sets the tone for his markedly violent behavior and passions that characterized his existence at Wuthering Heights. One must ask themselves why would Bronte chose to ascribe the extra passion and violent nature of an individual to a dark-skinned person if not to create a believable setting for a violent character, and for an emotionally dark character. The behavior of Heathcliff is dark, and would be seen as such if any person in the story, white or black behaved in this way. However, Bronte chose to make him dark, perpetuating a stereotype that dark-skinned people are more passionate, and violent. "
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Racism and "Wuthering Heights" (2010, April 13) Retrieved October 25, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/book-review/racism-and-wuthering-heights-119261/
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