Wuthering Heights by Bronté and a hero of our time by Lermontov

Hacızade, Günel
This study aims to make a comparative analysis of the Russian novelist Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time and the English novelist Emily Bronté’s Wuthering Heights in the light of the narratological model introduced by Gérard Genette in Narrative Discourse. Through an analysis of the narrative methods employed in both A Hero of Our Time and Wuthering Heights, this study offers a discussion of the characterization of the protagonists, Pechorin and Heathcliff, who belong to different cultures and whose stories have nothing in common, and shows how similar narrative strategies used in both novels play an active role in the formation of similar character traits. Pechorin and Heathcliff are complex characters inspiring contradictory feelings, which is possible due to the complex mechanism provided by fractures in time, changes in distance and perspective, and multiple narrators. Both protagonists are superior in their passions and powers to the average man, but they do not possess heroic virtues. Lermontov and Bronté’s characterizations of their protagonists create various reactions to and feelings about them in the reader. The reader becomes fascinated by the protagonists despite their repulsive deeds. The thesis presents the narratological analysis to find out whether similar narrative methods in their novels form similar character traits in the protagonists and to reveal the impact of these methods on the reader’s reactions to the protagonists.


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G. Hacızade, “Wuthering Heights by Bronté and a hero of our time by Lermontov,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.