Wuthering Heights

Topics: Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, Catherine Earnshaw Pages: 2 (846 words) Published: October 15, 2014
History regards Emily Bronte’s sole novel “Wuthering Heights” to be fundamentally immoral and particularly scandalous in the creation her central character, the brutal Heathcliff. Viewed now some century and a half later, the work is truly seen for what it is, a work genius that continues to attract. “With the modern understanding of the way childhood affects one's whole perception of life and the world”, it would be surface levelled to label Heathcliff “evil”. Established from a purely Marxist-oriented interpretation of Heathcliff, the audience allows his misgivings due to the rough hand he was dealt and can acknowledge his obsession to revenge himself against his oppressors. However his unwarranted subjugation of innocents in the narrative call into question whether this anomaly of a character is inherently evil. Heathcliff wins sympathy not because we condone his actions, or his justified motives for vengeance. It is because he is on the side of humanity, what Heathcliff stands for is morally superior to what the Lintons stand for. We continue in an obscurely to identify ourselves with him and against the other characters and recognize his actions to be a form of rough moral justice towards his oppressors. It is unknown what circumstances might have befallen young Heathcliff before he is picked up in Liverpool by Mr Earnshaw. With the modern understanding of the way childhood affects one's whole perception of life and the world, the conclusion can be made that Heathcliff’s unknown origins and continued treatment at the Heights comes into play, twisting his nature. Nelly confesses that she and Hindley “plagued and went on him shamefully”, as the young master saw the new addition to the household as a “usurper of his parent’s affections and his privileges”. He thus he grew “bitter” and went about mistreating him to “reduce him” to the low social class he believed Heathcliff to be worth. Hindley forms a representation of the privileged and conversely...
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