Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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How is Heathcliff described as a devil?

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Heathcliff is one of the most villainous characters in all of literature.  He is referred to as a devil over and over again throughout Wuthering Heights.  

When he is first adopted by the Earnshaws, Mr. Earnshaw notices that "it’s as dark almost as if it came from the devil’" (IV).  Despite his rough childhood, Heathcliff seeks Nelly out to help him become more attractive to Catherine.  She responds by noting his "thick brows" and his eyes like "black fiends"  and "devil's spies" (VII). She seems to be saying that he will never be able to mask his devilish...

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