Heathcliff As A Tragic Hero Analysis

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“Consider the view that Heathcliff is the perfect tragic hero.” According to Aristotle’s theory of a tragic hero, a tragic hero is a character who has excessive pride (hubris). This trait can be seen in Brontë’s character Heathcliff in ‘Wuthering Heights’. At the beginning of the novel when Lockwood arrives at Thrushcross Grange and meets Heathcliff he observes that “Some people might suspect him of a degree of under-bred pride; I have a sympathetic chord within that tells me it is nothing of the sort.” This shows that even Lockwood, who has never before had any sort of encounter with Heathcliff, gets a sense that he is a proud man. Readers are also able to see that Heathcliff’s greatest motivator is pride, “Shame and pride threw double gloom over his countenance and kept him immovable.” However, Nelly predicts Heathcliff’s future for him and tells him that, “Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.” When Heathcliff became part of the Earnshaw’s family at Wuthering Heights he was continually tortured by Hindley and “He would stand Hindley’s blows without winking or shedding a tear,” which some readers may interpret as Heathcliff was too proud to show pain or emotion. Also, when Catherine is taken in by the…show more content…
However he experiences his downfall when he loses Catherine, his true love, but this doesn’t stop him from fulfilling his desire of having the highest social status and so he eventually comes to own both houses Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Some readers may also say that Heathcliff is a perfect tragic hero because he causes his own downfall by the choices he made such as returning after three years even though he knew Catherine had married Edgar. He also chose to take over both houses even after he had fulfilled his desire of taking revenge on Hindley and
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