Thoughtful, rebellious, tortured-who can not love such a hero? For many readers, Heathcliff is the embodiment of Byron’s rugged charm, shaking the world. He is not just the incarnation of stereotyped romance. He is a savior in a walking fantasy. He is the child who is often despised and rejected on the road to adulthood. All he needs is the love of a good woman. Soothing his restless soul. He is always misunderstood-he is deep and complicated, and desperately needs a woman who really understands him.
For him, love is to love to the extreme, love to indulge, love to nothingness-love is to merge with another person, his love is so urgent that nothing else matters. Let’s not forget that he is tall, dark, and handsome, not to mention his athletic talent and the “black flame” eyes. Because he is not only energetic, but also intuitive, accurate, quick thinking, and strong, there is something in Heathcliff that can capture the hearts of almost all readers of love.
Since “Wuthering Heights” was first published in 1847, heroic characters (or perhaps anti-hero images?) Heathcliff has had a profound influence on romantic literature, ranging from historical romantic literature and popular youth novels to elegance He is everywhere in his pure literary novels, and his influence is not limited to paper.
Author and Bronte fan Samantha Ellis published an article titled “How Heathcliff ruined my love life”, which resonated with people. She calls herself a “Heathcliff addict in recovery”, and she said that Heathcliff is her “primary drug”. After him, there appeared Bryder, Rupert Campbell-Black, Spike in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Thomas Cromwell in Hilary Mantel’s novel…Unfortunately, with them Accompanied by bad boys in real life. She wrote: “When I was in my teens, I enthusiastically chased bad men… When I was in my twenties, I dated men who were unfaithful or bad to me.
” The classic status of the totem-style “Wuthering Heights” is well-deserved. The land is undeniable. Literature, especially those that are really good, is the best teacher. With the wonderful storyline and indelible characters, it can implant its information into our hearts and thoughts. We unknowingly accepted the novels and regarded them as real, and later it was not easy to completely eliminate their influence.
Emily pays attention to privacy. This portrait is a copy of her brother’s work. Emily died at the age of 30. Most people believe that she had never been in a relationship in her life.
“As strong as an opera”
What makes Heathcliff even more attractive is that he is composed of a woman who is recognized as having never had a lover, an old virgin who was born more than 200 years ago and was described as a fragile mystic or hate human beings. Popular romantic fantasies created.
Emily’s extreme emphasis on privacy and the lack of documentation have intensified people’s speculation about her short life. She died at the age of 30 and was diagnosed with agoraphobia, anorexia, and Asperger’s syndrome after her death. Signs and other diseases.
Some scholars believe that the passion that emerges from “Wuthering Heights” cannot be portrayed by imagination alone. They think Emily has a romantic feeling for her brother Branwell and even her sister Anne.
After stripping away some weird guesses, Emily Bronte is still a rather unusual character. She can use a pistol and is obviously not good at chatting with people. Many “Crazy Emily” myths stem from the fact that she was only born in the wrong era. As Claire O’Callaghan pointed out in her book “Reevaluation of Emily Bronte”: “In an era when female independent culture is not popular, Emily is an independent person. ”
The academic world is full of speculations about the lives of the three Bronte sisters Anne, Emily and Charlotte and their brother Branwell
So what about Heathcliff? Although for many people, he is the ultimate romantic hero and often appears in the polls of the most romantic figures in the history of literature, there are still some people who feel that he does not have that great charm. The novelist Anne Taylor said frankly: “For some reason, I never read “Wuthering Heights” again as an adult, but later I found out that several of my female friends thought Heathcliff was their favorite romantic character, so I read about three-quarters of this book from an adult perspective, and I immediately became worried about the mental health of my friends.”
The most important point here is that Taylor reads this book as an “adult” of. Most of us read “Wuthering Heights” when we were teenagers, in other words, when we were extremely vulnerable. At this age, we feel that our crush and obsession compared to our first grade child is an extremely great love story. Heathcliff’s desires can hardly be described by the word “attachment” alone. For the drama girl who yearns for herself, this desire is quite shocking. It’s also worth noting that, despite all the intensity of the opera, Heathcliff and his passion are still quite safe, because readers always get to know him through the mouth of one or two narrators. Sometimes we learn from Isabella telling Nelly, sometimes from what she tells Lockwood. However, please remember that the two of them have never enjoyed the beauty of love. This is very-well, juvenile. This book is the favorite novel of the two protagonists Bella and Edward in “Twilight,” and it is very reasonable.
The movie version of the novel is also very responsible. Lawrence Oliver, Ralph Fiennes and Cliff Richard have all played Heathcliff. Most of these adapted films only involve the first half of the novel, while avoiding the following chapters: the disgusting characters are facing each other maliciously, which makes people feel suppressed and fearful. Remember Gordon Brown (former British Prime Minister) compared himself to Heathcliff? People thought he was referring to the character’s image in the movie, especially when he said that he “maybe an older and smarter Heathcliff”. In the novel, we actually meet the older Heathcliff, and he is even more difficult because he is a tyrannical landlord swallowed up by the desire for revenge.
When female readers are more mature, perhaps smarter, or even reread the novel after having some dating experience with someone who can be politely called a hooligan, Heathcliff is less attractive. He is rude and gloomy, violent, swearing, and lacking in love. He gritted his teeth, he roared and sneered, and he was really not the kind of open-minded, forward-looking person. Emily’s sister Charlotte always likes to speak ill of her sister. She called Heathcliff’s love “a perverted passion and a perverted passion”. Indeed, because Heathcliff and Katie grew up like brothers and sisters, their infatuation is mixed with weird incest elements. However, even setting aside this point, their relationship can easily be interpreted as coercion, destruction, symbiosis-in short, poisonous in a word.
Perhaps it is better not to regard “Wuthering Heights” as a romantic love story. In the words of the anointed literary theorist Terry Eagleton, the relationship between Heathcliff and Katie “can hardly be called a relationship.” how do I say this? Because “there is no difference between them.” Yes, Katie said “I am Heathcliff” and she also said “He is more like myself than I am”, there is something destructive in these words.
We know from Emily Bronte’s poems and prose that she loves nature, and nature makes her feel extremely happy
No matter what you think of Heathcliff, you will be surprised to think that he was created by a young woman born in 1818, eccentric, isolated, and probably inexperienced emotionally. She succeeded, which should make us rethink the issue of love. Because although she pays great attention to privacy, we know from her poems and prose that Emily Bronte loves nature, and nature makes her feel extremely happy, which shows that you don’t need sex, or even love. Can also experience that passionate emotion. Of course, you still need to think twice before letting Emily Bronte act as a love consultant.