The novel Wuthering Heights is a gothic tale of love, loss, and
redemption. Heathcliff who is one of the lead characters is presented
to the reader in many forms throughout the novel. He is portrayed as a
man who loves a woman, vindictive and as an outcast.
He is also very demanding and appears to be an evil person.
During Heathcliff's early years at the Earnshaws home, it is obvious
that Heathcliff shows his vindictive form at an early age. His
friendship with Cathy is tested when Edgar Linton arrives for dinner.
Heathcliff is jealous of Edgar's class and charm so it is no surprise
that when Edgar jokes about him Heathcliff would retaliate. We are
told by the narrator that "the seized a tureen of hot apple
sauce dashed it full across his face" which gives the reader the
evidence to assume that this is how Heathcliff will act all his life.
The words used in the phrase contain a little impact - the word
'seized' could suggest that he could not help himself, he had to get
back at him to impress Cathy and to show he could not be joked about.
Later on in the novel, it is made known to us that he would do far
worse things to avenge his harasser.
It is said "he would have tried to remedy the mistake by smashing
Hareton's skull on the steps" to make Hindley mad. The overall impact
of the phrase is extremely harsh. The word smashing stands out
particularly because to smash something you need to use a great force.
After the death of Mr Earnshaw when Heathcliff was young, Hindley
became head of the house. Upon his arrival, Hindley "drove him from
their company to that of the servants" and "deprived him of the
instructions of the cu...
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...cruelty in Heathcliff because he hates his son for no reason and is
perfectly happy to fill Lintons last moments with terror and despair.
When Cathy remarks "I care nothing for his anger", Lintons responds
"but I do. Don't provoke him against me, Catherine, for he is very
hard." The language used makes us sympathetic towards Linton, as he
fears his father. The word 'provoke' seems to stand out mostly because
this could mean that Lintons thinks Catherine would tell of him to his
father which would get him into trouble - this does not show trust.
In conclusion I think that Heathcliff is a troubled man through his
past has had bad experiences but somehow manages t turn around his
life and take his anger out on other peoples lives in turn affecting
them. It is true however, that Heathcliff really did love Catherine
and wished to be with her even after death.
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