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Examine the reasons for destructive relationships in Wuthering heights Bronte's Wuthering heights displays several characteristics of destructive relationships, stemming from jealousy, uncaring parents, and not knowing the true personality of a husband or wife. These situations are all present in the novel, and all cause a breakdown in communication between characters, resulting in hostility and separation. The destructive relationships between parent and offspring are shown through the characters of Hindley and his father, as well as Linton and Heathcliff. When Heathcliff first begins living with Mr Earnshaw, it becomes difficult for the relationship between him and his son to remain unaffected. Hindley becomes hostile towards his father as a result of being overshadowed by Heathcliff, who is favoured by Mr Earnshaw. ...read more.

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Hindley says to Nelly "As sure as I'm living, I'll break the brat's neck!" Showing no love or care for Hareton, their relationship becomes destructive and like Hindley and his father, leads to separation. Similarly, the relationship between Linton and Heathcliff becomes dysfunctional because Heathcliff doesn't care about his son. Linton reveals that Heathcliff threatened him, and that he dreads seeing him. Another reason for destructive relationships in the novel is marrying someone without really knowing them, which was the case between Isabella and Heathcliff. Isabella married Heathcliff without really knowing his true character, which led to a disappointment for her, as she reveals to Nelly that she believes she has made a terrible mistake. She asks Nelly, "is Heathcliff a man? ...read more.

Conclusion

A prominent theme throughout the novel is Jealousy, which results in destructive relationships more than once. Firstly, jealousy is shown when Hindley becomes jealous of his step brother Heathcliff. He grows to hate him as he feels overshadowed and insignificant to him. Another example of jealousy would be Heathcliff's jealousy of Edgar because he has taken Cathy away from him, a result of this jealousy not only leads to a destructive relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy, but violence between Heathcliff and Edgar. Also, jealousy is shown at the end of the novel when Hareton and Linton are fighting for Cathy's affection towards them. The relationship between Cathy and Hareton is the only one that comes out successfully at the end of the novel. Every other relationship has become destructive and failed to function because of neglect of offspring, unprepared nature, and jealousy. ...read more.

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