Wuthering Heights' Heathcliff Essay

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Wuthering Heights' Heathcliff

"Wuthering Heights" centres on the story of Heathcliff. The first paragraph provides a vivid physical picture of him, as Lockwood describes how his "black eyes" withdraw suspiciously under his brows at Lockwood's approach. Nelly's story begins with his introduction into the Earnshaw family. His vengeful desire to do evil and his love for Catherine drive the entire plot.

Heathcliff, however, defies being understood and it is difficult for the reader to resist seeing what they want to see in him. By the name
Heath-cliff it hints to the reader that he is empty like a heath or dangerous like a cliff. The house which he is brought to also gives the reader a picture of stormy bad weather. Bronte
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I don't care how long I wait, if I can do it at last I hope he does not die before I do!"

One afternoon when Heathcliff was going for a stroll with Catherine they passed through Thrushcross Grange. Catherine fell in and the
Lintons took her in but they did not invite Heathcliff. They nursed
Catherine back to health and in the mean time she came to like Edgar.
Later on they arranged for Catherine and Edgar to marry which completely destroyed him. This was the start of many evil deeds that would be caused by Heathcliff to the Linton family.

On the return of Heathcliff as a gentleman Heathcliff thought he was prepared to avenge Hindley for his maltreatment and the Linton family for taking away Catherine from him. His main aim was to gain control on Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange and win back the hand of
Catherine.

Heathcliff began gambling with Hindley he caused him to become an addicted gambler and an alcoholic. He lost Wuthering Heights to
Heathcliff and died a broken man after living on Heathcliffs' petty charity. Heathcliff decided to marry Isabella to get back at Edgar. He treated her like a slave in her own house and they did not even have marital relations. At one instance of insanity he hanged her pet dog on the gates of the Heights. His abuse of her was purely sadistic as he amused himself by seeing how much she could take and
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