Wuthering Heights, By Emily Bronte Essay

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In Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights Bronte infuses hatred into a powerful love story. The love in Wuthering Heights is stronger than death, but the characters also portray a hatred in the novel that evokes even stronger emotions in both the reader and the characters. In the first part of the novel, Heathcliff and Catherine’s love is prevalent, but when Catherine marries Edgar Linton, Heathcliff is motivated to get revenge on all those whom he believes have wronged him. Not only does hatred fill the novel, but hatred also fills Heathcliff, however, the hatred is essential as it gives him a chance at redemption. The “minor” characters in part two of the novel are actually not minor at ...view middle of the document...

Heathcliff illustrates his lack of love for his son when he says, “Because, he’s mine” (196). Because Heathcliff is not willing to form a relationship with his son, he simply uses him in a scheme to gain ownership of Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff perceives Linton as property rather than a human being and thus uses him to get revenge on Edgar. Heathcliff’s forced marriage of Linton and Cathy completes his revenge against Edgar Linton and places the ownership of Thrushcross Grange in the hands of Heathcliff.
The third character that completes Heathcliff’s revenge is Hareton Earnshaw. Hindley’s repression of Heathcliff as a child motivates Heathcliff to repress Hareton to get revenge upon Hindley. Heathcliff requires “Hareton’s blood… at his hands” (186) to ensure Hareton’s repression. While Heathcliff’s treatment of Hareton allows him to think he has gotten ultimate revenge upon Hindley by repressing his son, it also allows him to find redemption later in the novel. Whether Heathcliff is attempting to find redemption through avengement of his foes or not, his vengeful actions later redeem his character.
The marriage of Heathcliff’s lover, Catherine, to his disliked neighbor, Edgar Linton leads him to believe that revenge is necessary to make himself happy. This action impels Heathcliff to seek revenge on everyone around him except his lover, Catherine. Heathcliff is able to get revenge upon his foes through the essential characters in part two. He avenges Edgar through both Linton Heathcliff, his nephew, and Catherine Heathcliff, his daughter. Heathcliff’s forcing of Linton and Cathy to marry each other, allows him to get his revenge upon Edgar, his hated rival. Heathcliff then attempts to avenge his hate for Hindley by repressing Hindley’s son and making his life miserable under the rule of Heathcliff.
Bronte’s juxtaposition leads Heathcliff to find redemption at the end of the novel. Nelly remarks to Heathcliff, “You look uncommonly animated,” (308) when he returns from a walk outside in the garden. At this point in the novel, Heathcliff has found his obscure state of rescue, release, and redemption. His health demise by way of starving himself, combined with the illusions of Catherine he experiences, including,...

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