Heathcliff, the main character in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, has no heart. He is evil to the core - so savage that his lone purpose is to ruin others. Yet at the very moment at which the reader would be expected to feel the most antipathy towards the brute -after he has destroyed his wife, after he has degraded the life of a potentially great man, and after he has watched the death of his son occur with no care nor concern, the reader finds himself feeling strangely sympathetic towards this character. The answer to this oddity lies in the presentation of the character himself, which causes us to be more pitying of him than we otherwise might. Bronte’s describes the young boy, Heathcliff, as”dark, almost as if he came from the devil,” immediately spurring the reader to view the character as evil and immoral.
While the selfish acts committed throughout Wuthering Heights are in themselves fascinating, it is the hows and whys behind these characters’ mercenary qualities that carry the most importance and deserve the most scrutiny. Young Linton is described as having “the self-absorbed moroseness of a confirmed invalid, repelling consolation, and ready to regard the good-humored mirth of others as an insult” (Brontë 252). Already, from a young age, Linton feels sorry for himself because he knows that he is sick, and he demands special treatment because of it. Once sent to live at Wuthering Heights with his father, “utter lack of sympathy” from Heathcliff and Joseph “had rendered young Heathcliff selfish and disagreeable, if he were not so originally” (Brontë 207). Once he stops receiving the special treatment that he has been served with for his whole life, and is treated as Heathcliff would treat anyone else, Linton becomes even more selfish and intolerable to not just his father and servants, but also to Cathy, his young bride.
He cannot take the guilt which is gnawing at him inside and he is desperate to seek release. However, the shriek was only a figment of his imaginat... ... middle of paper ... .... The community sees Dimmesdale as a saint, while Hawthorne portrays him as a morally weak person who cannot confess his sin. Everyone sees Chillingworth as a betrayed husband who is betrayed by his wife. However, Hawthorne shows him to be an evil-minded person who is so consumed with vengeance and hatred that he cannot live when his victim dies.
However, when his pride becomes blinding, Brother forces Doodle beyond his limits and is forced to accept the consequences. Though loved by his brother, Doodle becomes an innocent victim of selfishness and pride. The bitter seed of shame that blossoms into the flower of pride strangles discernment and results in absolute inability to accept defeat. Brother was ashamed of Doodle immediately following his birth. “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” (345).
“I do not know how I could bear the sight… Of my father, when I came to the house of death” (Sophocles, Exodos 143-44). He was so afraid of the pain and sadness of seeing all those he hurt that he cared dearly about. To Oedipus not only was it just punishment for his crimes it also helped him get over knowing what he has done. Even though this is true of the reasons Oedipus gives, arrogance played an overwhelming role. His self-importance lead him to make a rash decision to blind
Although he appears inexplicably satanic and destructive, Heathcliff’s corrupted behavior and crusade of vengeance originates from the abuses of the Earnshaws. Heathcliff’s initial frustration with the Earnshaws comes from the mistreatment from Hindley, his adoptive brother. So enraged by Hindley, Heathcliff pronounces, “I’m trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back. I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it, at last.” (61) Hindley’s unnecessary maltreatment such as forced servitude, hastens Heathcliff’s decline, as Hindley prods Heathcliff to resent the Earnshaw family. Heathcliff’s hatred drives him to take revenge by fueling Hindley’s drinking and gambling addiction, in addition to corrupting his son, Hareton.
Heathcliff's villainy is apparent in how he treats the Earnshaws, degrading Hindley and Hareton just as Hindley did him. This is also shown in his actions against the Lintons. Heathcliff hates the Lintons because Cathy married Edgar. Heathcliff uses his treachery to steal away the Linton fortune and to degrade their offspring. Heathcliff's villainy is finally shown in how he treats Cathy herself.
This was an opportunity that Hindley could not take for granted and he made his power over Heathcliff crystal clear. Hindley was aware that the boy would not respond to being beaten, but he knew what would hurt Heathcliff. Hindley, while Catherine was away, swore that Heathcliff would again be homeless if he did not shun Catherine. Heathcliff swore that he would enact revenge on Hindley. “ ‘The charge exploded, and the knife, in springing back, closed into its owner’s wrist.
They need each other desperately, almost to an unhealthy amount. In addition to the distraught feeling Frederick Henry experiences from Catherine and his new baby’s death, he feels even worse about falling in love with her: “When he fell in love with Catherine, Frederick made his separate peace. She gave him someone to care about; he never cared about the war. The irony is that loving her was an assault on her, a declaration of war: his love sentenced her to death” (Cain 382). Loving Catherine made her die because of the consequences that come with falling in
In the conclusion of the novel your hatred for him dies down. This is because you realise that all along all he really wanted was to be with Catherine, but as she hurts him along the way, his lust for revenge becomes too powerful. I believe that some of his actions he takes make us repel and hate him, but his past and poor childhood makes us as the readers sympathise with him. Once him and Catherine are both dead, they are reunited in the afterlife and although it's a very morbid event the sense of happiness is there and always will be.