Is Heathcliff A True Villain Essay

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A True Villain
Many romantic characters are expected to have a hidden, caring nature underneath their sinister front, or an unbridled love deriving from their cruelty. However, in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff exhibits none of these qualities, and instead provides the reader with a character who is fundamentally evil. Bronte’s concept of good and evil is largely based on the character’s appearance; in turn, a character’s appearance directly corresponds to their ability to feel empathy. Therefore, Heathcliff is described as a satanic character, which determines his evil behaviors; he is not justified in his crimes because he intentionally and maliciously harms innocent people who have never done him wrong.
Isabella’s abuse by Heathcliff’s hand is a leading reason as to why Heathcliff is internally evil. When under Heathcliff’s care, she had exclaimed that “if he had doted on [her], that
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He goes so far as to scheme for the future of the generation after his, and he latches onto his revenge plans similar to how a falcon catches a fish with its talons. Linton’s sickly demeanor is a contrast from Heathcliff’s brooding and strong body, yet the father has no tolerance whatsoever with his son. He does not feel any guilt for forcing his already sickly son to pursue Cathy, and raises Hareton in a similar fashion to how he himself was raised. Furthermore, Heathcliff acknowledges his similarities with Hareton. He compares Linton and Hareton by saying, “who is one is gold put to the use of paving- stones, and the other is tin polished to ape a service of silver” (ch. 18). Hareton has an enormous potential to exceed expectations, yet he is held back by lack of education that Heathcliff forbids him to have. Heathcliff is truly evil because he has already experienced the pain that Hareton will suffer, yet he does not lift a finger to change Hareton’s
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