BY: Maxwell Gardner
Throughout the story Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte you can easily see that everybody is seeking revenge. With the actions committed by the characters of Wuthering Heights, we can see that no one achieves peace through their vengeful acts and these actions further add to the decline of the character. Getting revenge doesn’t always lead to happiness because instead of moving on with your life, it can leave you dwelling on the situation and remaining unhappy. If you live in a society where the rule of law is weak, revenge provides a way to keep order.
A character named Heathcliff in the novel Wuthering Heights has lived his life trying to get revenge on everybody that ever hurt him in any way. Another character named Hindley Earnshaw has always tried to gain revenge on Heathcliff because Heathcliff took Hindley’s family position and Hindley was jealous. A quote to support this is “He Hindley has been blaming our father how dared he? For treating Heathcliff too liberally and swears he will reduce him to his right place” (28). This Quote shows that Hindley has a great amount of jealousy and is blaming his father for treating him differently. Hindley is the one to start the revenge cycle by mistreating Heathcliff in the first place. Hindley’s envy of Mr. Earnshaw love is not there but the as Mr. Earnshaw shows any type of affection towards the orphan boy Heathcliff; it sets off a chain reaction of abuse and mistreatment throughout the story.
Hindley was always looking for a way to embarrass Heathcliff. After Hindley returned from college for his father’s funeral he immediately targeted Heathcliff. A quote from Mr. Lockwood “He drove them from their company to the servants, deprived him of the instructions of the curate, and insisted that he should labour out of doors instead; compelling him to do so Gardner 2
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