Would this be a good topic for a research paper?
I've thought a LOT about what my research should be about, and after looking through every possible topic for Wuthering Heights essays, I came up with an idea of exploring the reasons why the readers-female readers especially- are so attracted to Heathcliff and can't help but to admire him in despite of his Byronic flaws. My teacher did say once in class that he doesn't quite understand why all the women like Heathcliff over Edgar, who clearly has better traits compared to 'a jerk' like Heathcliff. I too, could feel myself being captured by Heathcliff much more than Edgar as I read the novel, and I wanted to know the real, solid reasons. Aside from getting quotes from the book itself, I was thinking of adding some possible psychological facts about why the three heroines-Catherine, Nelly and Isabella-had liked Heathcliff. I've come up with a brief outline of my essay: 1. Introduction, 2. Characteristics of a Byronic hero which Heathcliff has, 3. Catherine's possible reasons for being attracted to Heathcliff 4. Why Nelly seemed to like him, 5. The reasons for Isabella to admire him, 6. Readers' reasons for liking ill-natured character over the "good" male character in novels (I'm thinking of comparing Heathcliff to Edgar, and the Phantom to Raoul. I noticed that Edgar and Raoul are very alike.) 7. Conclusion
Do you think that this would qualify as a good essay material? Please help me with some feedbacks! I'm keep thinking that it's not good enough.. :(
If you want to analyze how Heathcliff is a Byronic hero then stay on course with that. Or, you may have to divide your paper up into two sections if you want to go off about the psyche of women and the bad-boy syndrome. :) (You can use that phrase if you want!) Why is it that women seem to prefer the bad boys versus the good ones who will provide and lead a peaceful life? From what I've seen in my life it is all about attraction. Humans seem to be attracted to that which they either can't have, don't fully understand, or hope they can change. I wonder if some of these women actually think that they could be the woman that changes the bad boy; if only he a woman who truly loved him then he wouldn't be so bad. It's almost like they have a savior complex!
Whatever you decide, remember to stay focused and use information from the text and your research to back you up. I worry that you might be discussing two different things between the women on one hand and the Byronic hero on the other. Look at your assignment and see how many pages it should be, how many sources you need, and most importantly, how much time you have to accomplish the task. Then work around those barriers.
But what you have planned looks incredible! Good Luck!