Heathcliff as a Man or Devil in "Wuthering Heights"
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This paper presents the argument that Heathcliff is more a man than devil. The paper explains that both hated and loved, he is a character who arouses extreme conflicting emotions in the reader who consider him the devil or the victim. The paper shows how in both roles there is a element of darkness in his soul that allows the reader to be persuaded that he is the devil incarnate. Yet, the paper argues that his one redeeming characteristic is his love for Catherine and that is so all encompassing that we can but admire his faithfulness even in his torment. The paper asserts that when Heathcliff lost his need for revenge, he redeems himself and becomes more a man than the devil.
From the Paper:"Emily Bronte's interests tilted towards the mystic and thus, reading Wuthering Heights the reader spirals into a world of darkness and light, love and hate, evil and good and the reader can't help but feel that the strength of the emotions which the protagonists have, will but end in tragedy.
At a time when social conflict was the rage Emily wrote of the human conflict which is made pervasive over the social struggle. Heathcliff is given a role in which he survives through ruthlessness and is symbolized with darkness which is threatening not only to others who come within his realm but also threatens his own life. The setting of the wild lonesome mystery of the moors further influences the mystique of man and the world in which he abides."
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