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Withering Heights

  • Date Submitted: 09/25/2013 06:50 PM
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Theme of Revenge
      The novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte tells the story of a pair of star crossed lovers. The story follows the life of Heathcliff, a mysterious person, from childhood until his death. Heathcliff rises in his adopted family and then his status is reduced to a servant because of his adopted father's death. He then runs away from home when he knows the young woman he loves has decided to marry another. He later returns rich and educated, and sets his revenge on the two families he believed had ruined his life. Revenge is an important theme in Wuthering Heights. Bronte discusses revenge through the characters and their relationships, and through the love Relationship of Heathcliff, Catherine and Isabella. Bronte also shows that revenge is pointless and leads to death and ruin.
    Heathcliff marries Isabella Linton in his revenge on both Cathy and Edgar for marrying. Catherine states, “I’d as soon put that little canary into the park on a winter's day, as recommend you to bestow your heart on him! ...He's not a rough diamond--a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man” (Bronte 122). Catherine realizes the man Heathcliff has become and strongly advises Isabella against getting involved with him. Isabella thinks that Catherine is only jealous, and does not heed her advice.
      Heathcliff takes his revenge with Hindly by downfall of hi, until his death. Hindly states that,“Oh, damnation! I will have it back; and I’ll have his gold too; and then his blood; and hell shall have his soul! It will be ten times blacker with that guest than ever it was before!”(Bronte 169) Hindley loses everything to Heathcliff but blame his own weaknesses and indulgence. He aspires to rob Heathcliff of everything and, like a devil figure, even wants his soul.
      Heathcliff is starting to realize that taking reveng is not the way to come to close to Catherine. Heathcliff states, “ 'I'll tell you what I did yesterday! I got...


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