Wuthering Heights Essay | A Comparison of Mr. Rochester and Heathcliff

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A Comparison of Mr. Rochester and Heathcliff

Summary: In examining the portrayals of Mr. Rochester in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Heathcliff in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, one sees similar themes throughout each story. Both of these male protagonists are portrayed as anti-heroes, also known as Byronic heroes; they both possess dark qualities, higher intellectual and emotional capacities, and a lack of true heroic virtue. Through looking at the two protagonists' characterization, attitudes, past experiences, and treatment of others, however, Mr. Rochester portrays the likeable, romantic hero better than Heathcliff does.
The novels 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë and 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë both have similar running themes throughout the story; in particular the use of an `anti-hero' as the male protagonist as neither Mr. Rochester or Heathcliff have specifically heroic attributes such as idealism or courage. Both of these characters are similar, yet differ in many ways.

Physically, Mr. Rochester and Heathcliff although described differently are characterised in a manner that gives the reader the idea that they are both unattractive. Mr Rochester has a `dark face with stern features and a heavy brow' and Heathcliff is described as `rather slovenly' and `rather morose'. However, although we are told both characters are not good-looking it is also realised that the countenance of each character is different. Mr.Rochester has 'brilliant eyes' which show he has a quickness about him, whereas Heathcliff is...

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