Wuthering Heights

Topics: Wuthering Heights, Catherine Earnshaw, Edgar Linton Pages: 2 (672 words) Published: September 30, 2008
The dispute of nature versus nurture is long running and both sides have strong points even solely in the novel “Wuthering Heights”. Nature is a person’s characteristics at birth and from their genetics they would know how to act around people. For an individual, one’s parents might be wealthy and selfish; therefore, the child will inherit the money and also be selfish with it according to his or her nature. This case is best related to Edgar Linton in this novel. Edgar was born rich and selfish and he died rich and selfish; however, he was also raised rich and selfish which leads one into the nurture side. Nurture refers to how and who a person was raised by. This side is best related to Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights” because he was adopted informally by the Earnshaws. Heathcliff cleaned p and became very mannerly under watch of Mr.Earnshaw up until the time of his death when his son, Hindley, turned him into a slave more than a brother. Heathcliff changed when he was treated as a servant; he became more irritable and seemed to lose a sense of disrespect especially when he hit Catherine. Later in the novel Heathcliff goes to America and becomes a gentleman, this is another point in the book that shows that nurture and one’s drive to change can do so. However, Heathcliff returned to some of his old habits once he found out that his true love was married to Edgar Linton and so he married his sister out of pure smite. This shows that Heathcliff’s personality under the nurture of whomever he saw in America can change but can also return to his old ways once he sees a shocking truth.

Bronte seems to indicate that nature is where an individual’s personality originates. I agree that nurture does change one’s personality; but, it’s only temporary. For example, Heathcliff went to America and came back a refined gentleman. Then Heathcliff found out about Catherine’s marriage, changed back to a cruel and overpowering person to Isabella, and became bitter. While...
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