In Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Heathcliff’s strong love for Catherine guides his transformation as a character. While Heathcliff enters the story as an innocent child, the abuse he receives at a young age and his heartbreak at Catherine’s choice to marry Edgar Linton bring about a change within him. Heathcliff’s adulthood is consequently marked by jealousy and greed due to his separation from Catherine, along with manipulation and a deep desire to seek revenge on Edgar. Although Heathcliff uses deceit and manipulation to his advantage throughout the novel, he is never entirely content in his current situation. As Heathcliff attempts to revenge Edgar Linton, he does not gain true fulfillment. Throughout Wuthering Heights, Brontë uses Heathcliff’s vengeful actions to convey the message that manipulative and revenge-seeking behaviors will not bring a person satisfaction.
One big turning point marked by stormy weather in the book is the day Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights for the first time. After hearing Catherine say that she could never marry him, Heathcliff’s heart is broken and he creeps out of the house. When Catherine realizes his absence, she gets extremely agitated, pacing from the gate to the door of the house and wondering where he could be.
Wuthering Heights is a novel whose main character is said to have a double significance. He is said to be both the dispossessed and the dispossessor, victim of class hatred and arch – exploiter, he simultaneously occupies the roles of working class outsider and brutal capitalist. Heathcliff has all these characteristics because of his experiences. He is a character moulded by his past.
Through self-centered and narcissistic characters, Emily Bronte’s classic novel, “Wuthering Heights” illustrates a deliberate and poetic understanding of what greed is. Encouraged by love, fear, and revenge, Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff, and Linton Heathcliff all commit a sin called selfishness.
2. “Wuthering” is descriptive of the atmospheric tumult of the novel in that it describes the violent winds that blow during storms on the moors. Wuthering Heights is removed from society. The adjective not only describes the setting itself, but the inhabitants as well, who are fierce, strong, and fervent.
Brontë shows how cruelty passes through generations through Hindley’s mistreatment towards Heathcliff. From the moment Mr. Earnshaw adopts Heathcliff, Hindley enters a state of melancholy and loathes that his father clearly favors Heathcliff over him. Mr. Earnshaw’s adoption of Heathcliff upsets Hindley, his father clearly favors Heathcliff over him. Consequently, Hindley reciprocates this hatred when he meets Heathcliff, comparing him to satan and wishing for his death. Heathcliff, unable to act against these cruel words, silently absorbs them. This interaction reveals traits of each character: the maliciousness of Hindley’s character, who hates on the young Heathcliff without reason; and the timidity of Heathcliff, fostered by his inability to stand up for himself. Although timid at the moment, Heathcliff assimilates this cruelty so that he can inflict it upon others, just as Hindley does the same to him. This depicts how the victim of suffering develops into the bearer of cruelty. Soon after Mr. Earnshaw’s death, Hindley assumes control of his household and unleashes even more cruelty on Heathcliff. In a fit of
In Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë crafts a harrowing death for Catherine as well as a funeral scene that serves to communicate her true love; all things natural. Heathcliff is frequently described as an extension of nature throughout the novel due to his strength, impulsivity, and the manner in which he confronts his problems. By handling his issues directly and forcefully, Heathcliff is a force to be reckoned with, just like nature itself. However, on the day of Catherine’s funeral, he handles his emotions passively like the civilized families. Heathcliff suppresses his nature with the aid of alcohol, “[swallowing] gin…by the tumblerfuls,” a stark contrast to many of his past decisions where he adamantly refuted to succumb to societal normalcies, content with his rough demeanor (Brontë 169).
Many aspects of this novel help create this underlying allegory, such as the two main settings in which the story takes place, wuthering heights and Thrushcross Grange, and our two central male characters, Heathcliff and Edgar Linton (studyMode, 2013). These aspects of the novel are used to explore the struggle between good, conventional human behavior, and its wild, evil side, allowing the reader to gain a greater understanding of these two forces and the tension between them (studyMode, 2013). The monster as punishment and the punishment of the monster In the novel wuthering heights, Heathcliff comes from a terrible background, his foster brother Hindley resents him and abuses him because his an outsider. Heathcliff turns on Hindley as soon as he is powerful enough, and possibly murders him; he’s also brutal to Hindley son Hareton and even worse, much worse, to his own son (BlogSpot,
This later Heathcliff is characterized by a coldness, by an incapacity to love and ultimately by consuming passion for revenge against those who have abused him. Just as he begins life, he ends life as an unloved, lonely outsider.
Growing up at the Earnshaw residence, Heathcliff is made to feel like an outsider and is constantly looked down upon because of his lowly social status. In his formative years, Heathcliff is deprived of love, affection and education. According to Nelly, Hindley’s maltreatment alone was “enough to make a fiend of a saint” (Bronte 65). Catherine’s selfish betrayal, paired with society’s oppression and degradation, motivate Heathcliff to become a gentleman so that he may take vengeance on those who belittled him and prove himself to Catherine. Heathcliff’s revenge becomes in a sense a “resistance” to the oppression of society (Long 6). This in itself is ironic because Heathcliff begins to accept and “live by the values of the people he formerly detested” (Shapiro 3). Heathcliff becomes so engrossed in climbing the social ladder and enacting revenge on his childhood oppressors that he risks his humanity and individuality. By the end of the novel Heathcliff finds that enacting revenge will not be enough to satisfy him, the only thing that will fulfill him is Catherine’s love. Heathcliff, though in a sense a victim of society, is far from redeemable
The novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ (1847) by Emily Brontë and the film adaptation ‘Wuthering Heights’ (2011) by Andrea Arnold each convey respective values and perspectives reflective of the contrasting contexts and forms of each text. The novel, set in the Romantic period, is centred around two families living on the isolated, Yorkshire moors, and the explosive interactions between them. The concept of confinement contrasts against the freedom of nature throughout the novel. Nature is another key theme and a fundamental aspect of the Romantic period, used to present ideas such as rebellion and freedom. Finally, passion within human relationships is thoroughly explored through Catherine and Heathcliff’s relationship within the novel. However, as the film adaptation is a product of a contemporary post-feminist, post-colonial time period, these themes can now be explored through lenses such as racial discrimination, feminism, and human connection.
When Heathcliff ran off, Bronte describes that evening as “a very dark evening for summer: the clouds appear[ing] inclined to thunder” (Bronte, 84). The impending thunderstorm introduces that chaos that is about to ensue when Heathcliff cannot be found that evening. The storm finally arrives and all hell is about to break loose. The “violent wind, as well as thunder,…split a tree off” of a building just as Catherine was getting more and more anxious about her split from Heathcliff (Bronte, 85). The symbolism that weather represents in Wuthering Heights carries on throughout the first volume of the
One's emotions of hate have the potential to overthrow one’s state of being and may cause harm to others around them. In Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, several characters’ emotions are overtaken by revenge thus leading them to suffer in the end. Revenge grows early in the novel. It begins with the hate that Hindley Earnshaw holds for Heathcliff, an orphan who has been taken in by Hindley’s father, Mr. Earnshaw. Later in the novel, Heathcliff’s love of his life, Catherine Earnshaw, marries Edgar Linton which as one can imagine becomes devastating for Heathcliff. This sense of betrayal causes Heathcliff to seek revenge on the Lintons and Earnshaws. Ultimately, Heathcliff becomes the character that is mainly driven by the strong desire for revenge. The novel demonstrates how revenge seems to be the easiest method for gaining fulfillment, but it time disturbs the characters’ peace of mind and becomes the root of their downfall.
Unlike Lord Byron, Emily Brontë hasn’t met an overnight success after publishing her only novel, Wuthering Heights. As a matter of fact, in the beginning, it was said to be “excessively morbid and violent” (138). It wasn’t until later that Ward was “praising Emily's masterly fusion of romance and realism” (138). Although Wuthering Heights was Emily Brontë’s only novel, it allowed her not to be forgotten even after so many years. The novel was written during the Romanticism, a time mostly concerned with the conflict between nature and society, usually about how society corrupts the nature. Heathcliff most certainly is a representative of nature rather than society, even his name is connected to nature. Heathcliff could be considered a savage, as he wasn’t touched by