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“Bronte has made Heathcliff cold blooded and calculating. There is little to redeem his character.” How far do you agree with this statement?

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"Bronte has made Heathcliff cold blooded and calculating. There is little to redeem his character." How far do you agree with this statement? This statement can be deemed as true to a certain extent. However, all aspects of Heathcliff's past and his frame of mind at those times, portray him in a very different light, as will be shown. We are introduced to Heathcliff in the first chapter, and given first impressions through Mr. Lockwood, who sees him as a 'capital fellow.' However, it must be remembered and noted that Mr. Lockwood is an 'outsider', having no knowledge of Heathcliff's past at Wuthering Heights. The opinions and views expressed by Nelly Dean are more useful and reliable. Although she has no direct relationship with Heathcliff, she has established good relationships with other characters, for example 'old' Cathy. She had also been present when Heathcliff was a young boy, and had especially spent time with him when he had suffered from measles, along with Hindley and Catherine, who had complained much more, Nelly had noted, adding to her fondness of him. Therfore, she is in the position to give us a fair opinion of him, and also the best narrator to use, as Bronte has in the beginning. ...read more.

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Then it is revealed that he has returned for nothing but revenge on Edgar, who had 'stolen' the one he had doted on for so long. However, Heathcliff's blinding love for Catherine, had clouded his mind, as he did not seem to understand or realise that Catherine had also fallen in love with Edgar, so it was not entirely Edgar's doing. If it had not been for Catherine, Edgar, being the feeble character he was, would not have pursued his love for her. There is also no mention of Edgar deliberately trying to hurt Heathcliff in any way either. We are also shown Heathcliff in want of revenge towards Hindley. However, it must be understood that Hindley was but a young child when Heathcliff had been brought home, and was understandably jealous of this child, whom his father had wrongly favoured. He had felt deprived by his own father, and felt it only right that he be the more important one, as he was the real blood son. In this incidence, we are shown Heahcliff as coldblooded, yet passionate, when he unfairly harms other members of the family, to get revenge (Isabella and Hareton). ...read more.

Conclusion

He had always been quite reserved when he was younger, and endured all that he was put through, but they pushed him to an extent, where he was so angry, hurt and upset, that he went as far as involving other members of the family, such as Isabella.Although Edgar had not physically harmed Heathcliff, unlike Hindley, he had battered him emotionally, by taking away his one joy and love, Catherine. His dislike of Heathcliff had also been evident from earlier on, for example, his insolent remarks when they visit Wuthering Heights with Catherine after the five weeks spent with her. Therefore, I think that his character may not be redeemed, but however his actions in most circumstances can be justified to some extent, when he is both 'coldblooded,' and 'calculating'. He shows other aspects of his character at this time also, for example, he was 'coldblooded', yet passionate when getting revenge on Hindley. Howvere, we are still left with the impression of Heathcliff as being brash, and coldblooded, although often provoked by emotions illustrated in this essay, and so to conclude, his character is therefore not redeemed, but at times, is justified. Camilla Louis 11JT Mrs. Allen - English ...read more.

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