When Linton comes to Heathcliff, he suffers from abusive behavior towards him and not being able to lash out on anyone in the household at first, once his father brings in Cathy, he finally gets to free his frustrations by being cruel to her. And Nelly describes him as he grows in cold heartedness when she says, “I felt disgusted at the little wretch’s composure, since he was no longer in terror for himself.” (262) To put it another way, Nelly and then the reader notices how due to Linton’s history of cruelty, he enjoys the sense of power he gets while being needed and continues to enjoy it by abusing both Nelly and Cathy. In short, the cruelty he received from Heathcliff ended up making Linton feel very powerless and insecure but when he got Cathy, he abused her as a way to find revenge and to not feel like the weakest person there
In the beginning of the novel, Nelly tells Mr. Lockwood that “Hindley hated [Heathcliff]… so, from the very beginning, he bred bad feeling in the house” (Bronte 32-33). This quote alludes to future “bad feeling” in the house originating with Hindley’s hatred of Heathcliff. “Bad feeling” (otherwise known as oppression, violence, victimizing, etc.) that Hindley initially kindled continued to plague the house for years after Hindley’s oppression of Heathcliff. Eventually, Heathcliff develops into a powerful, mysteriously rich figure and decides to exact his revenge on Hindley. In his article “Wuthering Heights as a Victorian Novel”, producer and writer Arnold Shapiro comments on Heathcliff’s transformation, noting how “Emily Bronte shows Heathcliff becoming a parody of his former tormentors, of Hindley especially. Reversing the golden rule, he does to his son, Linton, what Hindley had tried to do to him” (13). Heathcliff has undergone an emotional transformation after which he desired revenge on Hindley. Catherine, like Heathcliff, experiences a brutal transformation. Catherine begins as a sympathetic, gentle girl but later evolves into a more vengeful being. Shapiro notes, “Once she gets a taste of life at the Lintons’, she decides that she enjoys gentility; like her brother, Hindley, she enjoys wielding power and
Bronte centres the novel on Heathcliff’s story. One of the first things Lockwood, the narrator, mentions is how he beholds Heathcliff’s “black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows”. Straight away the audience pick up on his mysteriousness as the gothic protagonist. The past is hidden deep inside the darkness of his eyes and is reflected in his physical appearance.
Nelly recalls Heathcliff’s description, "'We crept through a broken hedge, groped our way up the path, and planted ourselves on a flower plot under the drawing-room window. The light came from thence....it was beautiful- a splendid place carpeted with crimson and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold, a shower of glass-drops hanging in silver chains from the center and shimmering with little soft tapers.'" (47). The light shines on the calm area of Thrushcross Grange, setting up a completely different atmosphere from Wuthering Heights and carries very different symbolic meaning, showing how the Lintons are foils fo Cathy and Heathcliff, as they are civilized. The Linton are raised in a very cultivated society, one that not allow room for the savageness of Wuthering Heights. After Heathcliff flees Wuthering Heights upon hearing Cathy say that although she loves Heathcliff, she must marry the more respectable Edgar Linton, a storm is brewing outside, “About midnight, while we still sat up, the storm came rattling over the Heights in full fury. There was a violent wind, as well as thunder, and either one or the other split a tree off at the corner of the building…”
In this passage, Bronte uses recurring patterns in the book to show how mistreatment can last through generations. When Heathcliff first came to Wuthering Heights, he was treated like a prince; respected, loved, and favored by all but Hindley, who was jealous of the affection given to Heathcliff. When Mr. Earnshaw passes and Hindley is left in charge, Heathcliff is forced to quit his studies and is constantly degraded to a servant position. The reader can infer that his upbringing halted his emotional maturity in a major way. He was damaged by Hindley bringing him down and when Catherine admitted to Nelly she would never marry Heathcliff because of his social position. He of course left to remedy his ruggedness, but it didn’t heal the emotional
Through the actions Heathcliff pursues throughout the entirety of the novel, it is furtively easy to only see him as a malicious brute. In retrospect, the further along one continues throughout the novel, the more it feels as if Bronte is encouraging readers to hate the protagonist; this, however, is not the case. This is evident from the commencement of the novel, through the author’s vivid depictions of the ways in which Heathcliff was brought upon society, starting from his introduction to the Earnshaws. “They entirely refused to have it (Heathcliff) in bed with them, or even in their room; and I had no more sense, so I put it on the landing of the stairs, hoping it might he gone on the morrow------This was Heathcliff's first introduction to the family” (Bronte 59).
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.
Heathcliff cried vehemently, "I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!" Emily Brontë distorts many common elements in Wuthering Heights to enhance the quality of her book. One of the distortions is Heathcliff's undying love for Catherine Earnshaw. Also, Brontë perverts the vindictive hatred that fills and runs Heathcliff's life after he loses Catherine. Finally, she prolongs death, making it even more distressing and insufferable.
Hindley invites the Lintons to dinner the following day, and they agree to visit, on the condition that the Linton children will not have to encounter Heathcliff. Hindley agrees to this condition, although Nelly convinces Heathcliff to make himself presentable. As the Lintons arrive, Hindley banishes Heathcliff to the kitchen. Edgar makes what Heathcliff considers
In the story Wurthering Heights by Emily Bronte there are several reasons why Healthcliff would want Cathy under his control. One of the reasons is so he can force her to marry his son. Also, Edgar wants to keep his daughter, Cathy, away from Healthcliff because he knows how evil Healthcliff can become. Also, Healthcliff was the one that his wife was cheating on him with. In conclusion, they both justify how they think each other is right there reasons why.
Earnshaw died and Hindley became the new master. Hindley made sure when he came back to Wuthering Heights, that he got his revenge by downgrading Heathcliff. He achieved this by taking away Heathcliff’s education privileges and making him do outside labor and also tries to separate him from Catherine. Edgar also plays a part in cruelty to Heathcliff by always making fun of him and trying to gain the love of Catherine. Because of this cruelty Hindley and Edgar inflict, Heathcliff wished he “had light hair and fair skin, and was dressed, and behaved as well, and had a chance of being as rich [Edgar Linton] will be” (Bronte 56) so that way he would at least have a chance with Catherine. After Catherine marries Edgar, Heathcliff changes his determination to get Catherine into a goal to get revenge on Edgar and Hindley for making everything he could want in life
The character of Hareton is used by Brontë as a tool to show not only how willing Heathcliff is to take revenge, but also to show how Heathcliff ended up how he did by choice, whereas Heathcliff, thrown into the same if not worse situation by Heathcliff, decided to educate himself and become the best person he could, eventually leading him to win Cathy’s heart.
Heathcliff was the primary character that drove the plot of Wuthering Heights. The novel began and ended with him and his vindictive actions are most important to the progression of the story. He was unique from the other characters in the way that he looked, with “black eyes [withdrawn] so suspiciously under their brows...[and] dirty, ragged, black hair” (Bronte 3, 37). Mr. Earnshaw had generously brought this gipsy boy when he returned from a trip, picking him up from the miserable factory towns occupied by the lower classes in 1840. Earnshaw’s family did not receive this boy well, so Heathcliff was often characterized as a demon, epitomizing the equivocal attitude of the upper class, who at times felt charitable to and at times afraid of the lower class.
In this scene, the darkest personality of Heathcliff begins to rule Wuthering Heights and the Grange. As a wicked person Heathcliff intend to ruin his tormentors, to destroy the Earnshaws, the Lintons, and even their
Sensitivity is not an object of Heathcliff’s appeal, and ceases to be when he attains the title of landlord. Evidence of his mental condition lies in the incident where he ruthlessly kidnaps Cathy Linton for his son, and holds her hostage. Environmental fostering due to the seemingly schizotypal Edgar, according to the servant Nellie Dean, contributed to the coldness of Heathcliff