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"I am Heathcliff!" a Study on the Prototypes of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights

Author TangZheng
Tutor WangYong
School Shandong University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights Heathcliff Prototype
Type Master's thesis
Year 2010
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Emily Bronte (1818-1848), the only novel \called the history of English literature \The novel is full of the mysterious Gothic imagery, at the same time, the writer's imagination full play. This paper is trying to explore the linkages between writer Emily works of masters of Heathcliff from Emily Bronte's unique personality, life experience and background, to find Emily to create prototype of Heathcliff and source also hope that by showing the creative process of Heathcliff, Emily Bronte deeper, more thorough understanding. This article is divided into five chapters: the first chapter of Emily Bronte her life experiences and unique personality characteristics. Emily-year-old when her mother died early in Cowan Bridge school learning experiences become her nightmare, so by double torture her physically and mentally. At the same time, I was born in the Victorian era she was a poor middle class family, that women did not speak the right times, and very eager to get equal rights with men and freedom. In her short life Liyimili also subject to a variety of social constraints experienced a variety of psychological trauma. Lonely childhood and long-term life of the fight against bad weather and adversity caused her low self-esteem, timid and introverted. Her unsociable unwilling gregarious, self-contained, loner, stubborn and masculine. The last part of this chapter focuses on the plot of Emily wasteland. Emily a wild and lonely place to live, a house west of endless virtually uninhabited wilderness overgrown with heather, the following is a lifeless church cemetery. From her childhood onwards, the great love of nature. She can not stand the shackles of social rules, and each away from the wilderness invariably make her sick due to homesickness. She can find happiness and freedom in the wilderness. In the novel, Heathcliff the wilderness deeply nostalgic reproduction is the author Emily wilderness plot. The second chapter analyzes Heathcliff demonized. Recalled the first people in the past the debate of \\Emily is through a number of explicit imagery in \Living in a patriarchal society, her desire for freedom and equality of life, and this natural desire to be suppressed, she only by shaping Heathcliff is such a character to the injustice of the patriarchal society protested. Chapter II also analyzes the causes and manifestations of Heathcliff devil to further analysis of the link between out of Emily and Heathcliff. In this sense, Heathcliff Emily alter ego. Chapter III attempts to to mining in Emily World Heathcliff prototype: The first is her father - Patrick Bronte. Is easy to see based on the biography of Bronte, Patrick Bronte Parsonage is a domineering, grumpy, unsociable person. Heathcliff is also very good interpretation of the personality of the Bronte Parsonage in the shadow of Patrick Bronte's Heathcliff body. Followed by Emily's brother the Blankenburg Will Bronte, his madly in love with the 17-year-old married woman than he. After the failure of the love, all day drinking to forget, this episode also appears in the novel being, appear in the body of revenge after the success of Heathcliff. In addition, the \Meanwhile, inside the character Emily the early creation of Gondar Kingdom is also considered the first prototype of Heathcliff. By analysis of Heathcliff prototype, we can find some new \

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