Violence and Aggression

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Analytical essay of the violence and aggression in chapter 17 of Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights was written by Emile Bronte, one of the Bronte sisters. The author finished this novel in 1847. After that, Emily died soon in 1848 at the age of thirty. In the nineteenth century Wuthering Heights becomes as classical novel. The readers who were read this novel were shocked by the Violence. In this paper, I will discuss the theme of the violence in chapter seventeen of this classic novel. In contrast to chapter sixteen all sympathy that the readers gained for Heathcliff is now lost when Heathcliff beats Hindley close to death. During the beating, Hindley is the victim of his own past sins and Heathcliff’s displaced anger and aggression about Catherine’s death. Although as Isabella said to Hindley before the beating took place “but treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.” This is almost a clue as to what happens next with the beating as Hindley’s wrist is cut with his own dagger during his brawl with Heathcliff. Soon after Catherine’s death Hindley dies too. The details are not exactly revealed, but Heathcliff claims Hindley “spent the night in drinking himself to death deliberately.” Suicide is more probable than murder because Heathcliff had the chance to kill him before but never did so. The most likely reason for this was that if Heathcliff had killed Hindley he would most likely have been hanged, because Hindley had ‘benefit of the clergy.’ This meant that because Hindley had an education and Heathcliff did not, if Heathcliff did kill Hindley then the court would treat Heathcliff a lot harsher. Whereas if it was the other way round then Hindley would’ve got off lighter. This is almost certainly the reason why Heathcliff tortured Edgar mentally rather than resorting straight to violence and killing him just so he could have Catherine for himself. Another reason it was most likely...
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