Byronic Hero

Topics: Wuthering Heights, Catherine Earnshaw, Isabella Linton Pages: 2 (746 words) Published: March 5, 2012
Byronic Hero Assignment

Attribute:| How the character shows it:| Textual Support:| Conflicting emotions by polar tendencies or moodiness| Heathcliff shows this when he was excited for Catherine to come home, then he was upset| “With that he dashed head foremost out of the room, amid the merriment of the master and mistress, and to the serious disturbance of Catherine; who could not comprehend how her remarks should have produced such an exhibition of bad temper.” (pg. 49)| Self-destructive| Heathcliff would take the pain that he got without really minding it that much| “…he would stand Hindley’s blows without winking or shedding a tear, and my pinches moved him only to draw in a breath and open his eyes, as if he had hurt himself by accident and nobody was to blame.”(pg.34) | Being cynical, demanding, and arrogant| Heathcliff was being demanding when he told Hindley to trade horses with him or else he would tell his father about the beatings that Hindley gave him| “You must exchange horses with me; I don’t like mine; and if you won’t I shall tell your father of the three thrashings you’ve given me this week, and show him my arm, which is black to the shoulder.”(pg. 35)| A lack of respect for rank and privilege; being an exile, outcast, or outlaw| Heathcliff doesn’t respect the Linton’s at all because they looked down on him| “…and I would have been there too, but they had not the manners to ask me to stay.” (pg. 43)| Self-critical and introspective| Heathcliff wants to be similar to Edgar Linton hoping that will make Catherine like him more| “Nelly, make me decent, I’m going to be good.” (pg. 51) “But, Nelly, if I knocked him down twenty times, that wouldn’t make him less handsome or me more so. I wish I had light hair and a fair skin, and was dressed and behaved as well, and had a chance of being as rich as he will be!” (pg. 52) | A lack of respect for rank and privilege| Heathcliff is upset and throws pouring apple sauce on Edgar,...
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