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Classic in a Day: Wuthering Heights
This “Classic in a Day” we will focus on one of the great romantic novels of our time, and ask the question: Just how romantic is the “deadly” character of Heathcliff? Closely related to Rochester, and Arthur Huntingdon (the Tenant of Wildfell Hall) Emily Bronte gives us a portrait of an untamed Byronic Hero who, whilst being a cruel bully, also manages to be devilishly attractive! But are we wrong to read Cathy and Heathcliff as realistic portraits? Are they more myth than human, opposing conventional Victorian ideas of heaven and salvation, and is Emily more of a poet than her more socially observant sisters?
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