Byronic Hero Essay
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. 4) | 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. 5)| 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, not caring who he is| “He ventured this remark without any intention to insult; but Heathcliff’s violent nature was not prepared to endure the appearance of impertinence from one whom he seemed to hate, even then, as a rival.
He seized a tureen of hot apple sauce, the first thing that came under his gripe, and dashed it full against the speaker’s face and neck…” (pgs. 53-54)| Being cynical, demanding, and arrogant; self-destructive; a lack of respect for rank and privilege| Heathcliff will get Hindley back for everything that he has done to him, later on| “I’m trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back. I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last.
I hope he will not die before I do! ” (pg. 56)| Loner, often rejected from society| Heathcliff overheard Catherine say how it would degrade her to marry him and he left| “Ere this speech ended, I became sensible of Heathcliff’s presence. Having noticed a slight movement, I turned my head, and saw him rise from the bench, and steal out noiselessly. He had listened till her heard Catherine say it would degrade her to marry him, and then he staid to hear no farther. ” (pg. 5)| Dark attributes not normally associated with heroes| Heathcliff tells Catherine of what he would do to Isabella and about hurting her if he lived with her| “And I like her too ill to attempt it except in a very ghoulish fashion. You’d hear of odd things if I lived alone with that mawkish, waxen face: the most ordinary would be painting on its white the colours of the rainbow, and turning the blue eyes black, every day or two: they detestably resemble Linton’s. (pg. 100)| Dark attributes not normally associated with heroes| Heathcliff wants to hurt Edgar for hurting him and if he doesn’t then he’ll kill him| “Do you suppose I’m going with that blow burning in my gullet? By hell, no! I’ll crush his ribs in like a rotten hazel-nut, before I cross the threshold! If I don’t floor him now, I shall murder him some time; so, as you value his existence, let me get at him! ” (pg. 109)|