Clashing Contrasts in "Wuthering Heights"

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The juxtaposition of sharply disparate elements, i.e. "clashing contrasts," can give rise to violence. Such is certainly true of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. In fact, the entire novel could be analyzed using comparison and contrast. Examples of the "clashing contrasts" are found in the violence between Heathcliff and Edgar, Heathcliff and Linton, Heathcliff and Hindley, Catherine and Isabella, and Heathcliff and Isabella. Other contrasts which serve to explicate the plot and relationships are the differences between Heathcliff and Edgar, Hareton and Linton, and Nelly and Lockwood.

Edgar and Heathcliff are the perfect example of clashing contrasts. These two men are so different from one another that it is no wonder that violence was
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Heathcliff tells Nelly that, "my son is prospective owner of your place, and I should not wish him to die till I was certain of being his successor. Besides, he mine, and I want the triumph of seeing my descendant fairly lord of their estates: my child hiring their children to till their father's land for wages. That is the sole consideration which makes me endure the whelp: I despise him for himself, and hate him for the memories he revives!" Linton's health began to decline after moving to Wuthering Heights. He was always in bad spirits and was becoming afraid of his father. He never wanted to return home after walking the moors with Cathy. He was so afraid of Heathcliff that Linton "shudders when he touches him." Linton finally gives up and dies after being tortured by his cruel father.

Hindley hated Heathcliff from the beginning. He saw this poor gypsy child as taking his place in the family. Mr. Earnshaw took a strong liking to Heathcliff so Hindley saw him "as a usurper of his parent's affections and his privileges." Heathcliff, "would stand Hindley's blows without winking or shedding a tear." Heathcliff took one of the family's handsomest colts and when it fell lame he told Hindley he must exchange horses with him. Hindley at first refused and hit Heathcliff with an iron weight. Heathcliff threatened to tell on Hindley so Hindley gave him the horse and said, "Take my colt, gypsy, and I pray that he may

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