Nothing Good Emerges When Love and Revenge Take Over
Revenge: to exact punishment or expiation for a wrong on behalf of, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit, typically related with vengeance. In Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, revenge is the most visible theme, especially when it comes to Heathcliff. Revenge is a strong and powerful emotion that can quickly change someone’s life. It can take over and lead a person to do things they never would have before. There are countless reasons why one might wish to inflict revenge on others. Heathcliff had a pretty big incentive for revenge on more than one character in the novel. Heathcliff receives very little to no affection and love from those around him as a child, and even more so when he grew older. The sole nature of love is, in itself, intertwined with revenge and vengeance, making it no surprise that Heathcliff caused so much chaos while pursuing his revenge, in hopes of reuniting with his one true love.
When Heathcliff first arrived at Wuthering Heights with Mr. Earnshaw, no one took a liking to him, other than Mr. Earnshaw himself. Catherine was the first to become his friend a short time later while Hindley had nothing but hate towards Heathcliff for taking his father’s love away from him. Mr. Earnshaw treated Heathcliff better than Hindley, who was his actual son, and this drove Hindley to constantly put Heathcliff down, torture, fight, and pick on him. Once Mr. Earnshaw died, the only person left for him was Catherine. After Mr. Earnshaw’s death Hindley became the owner of Wuthering Heights, which subjected Heathcliff a dark, gloomy, and lonely future. Hindley took away everything from him. He pushed him away from their company and into those of the servants, stripped him from getting an education, insisted that he worked on the farm doing hard labor along with the rest of the house workers, and rid him of all his basic freedoms. The more days that went by, Hindley treated Heathcliff...
Cited: Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights.
New York: Bantom Books, 1974
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