Is Heathcliff a psychopath?

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff is undoubtedly cruel, but his cruelty seems to derive from a sense of injury and sensitivity to the harm he has suffered rather than from being a psychopath.

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In his book of essays on nineteenth-century fiction Is Heathcliff a Murderer?, John Sutherland comments,

When he returns to Wuthering Heights after his mysterious three-year period of exile Heathcliff has become someone very cruel. He left an uncouth but essentially humane stable-lad. He returns a gentleman psychopath. His subsequent brutalities are graphically recorded. They are many and very unpleasant.

Although psychologists now tend to shy away from using the term "psychopath" as a technicality, in common parlance,...

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