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Do you agree with the view that most readers despised Heathcliff?

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Do you agree with the view that most readers despised Heathcliff? What are your feelings towards him? "Your cruelty rises from your greater misery! Lonely like the devil envious of him? Nobody loves you nobody will cry for you when you die." These words are spoken to Heathcliff near to the end of "Wuthering Heights" by his once - servant Nelly Dean, one of the novels narrators. By this by this stage in the novel, Heathcliff is despised; his revenge has made him hated. Yet at the beginning of the novel, hen an orphan, we sympathise with him. What is the reader's view of Heathcliff? Is he despised at all stages of the novel? Heathcliff was a young child with only one name. Mr. Earnshaw adopted him from Liverpool and brought him back a "dirty, ragged, black-haired child" to "Wuthering Heights". He lacked education and didn't have a mother or a father. He was called a "dark, shik gypsy". Although modern readers, are more sympathetic to Heathcliff. Readers sympathise with him at first, when Hindley mistreats him and he loses Cathy, but when he returns transformed, and his plan of vengeance begins to unfold, feelings change. Readers question his love for Cathy; Nelly says his love for Cathy is a "monomania". Heathcliff's name is generally surrounded with words like "hell", "devil", diabolical, infernal, and fiendish. Worst of all, he's unrepentant. "I've done no injustice," he says at the end of the novel. This "ignoble" evil character loomed in the novel. ...read more.

Middle

Hareton calls his father "devil daddy". He was being rude and started lying to Nelly. You could say that Heathcliff manipulated Hareton to be as rude as he was as a child and Heathcliff allows him to do what he pleases. So we could despise Heathcliff because of his treatment of Hareton, he does not behave like a father should. Isabella becomes in love with Heathcliff, and until then you assume she's much like her brother. Nelly says that Isabella is "a charming lady of eighteen; infantile in manners, though possessed of keen wit, keen feelings, and a keen temper, too, if irritated". A shallow, weak creature, Isabella deceives herself into believing that Heathcliff loves her, and she marries him despite Edgar's warnings. After they marry, when Heathcliff torments her, she rants and raves and speaks as fondly of revenge as does Heathcliff. When she can stand his abuse no longer, she leaves Heathcliff, displaying an unexpected strength of character, and goes off to London to have her baby. Isabella sees how cruel Heathcliff really is. In fact, through Isabella's story of life at "Wuthering Heights" we see the cruelty of Heathcliff at its worst. They run away from Thrushcross Grange he had hung the "half-bred bull dog" Throttler outside the Linton's house. Running away with Isabella was a cunning plan because if Edgar doesn't have a son the property of Thrushcross Grange goes to Heathcliff. Heathcliff has no sympathy for Isabella, she had left Thrushcross Grange with a romantic dissolution of love - expected him to be a romantic hero. ...read more.

Conclusion

He was stripped of his education but Catherine was good to teach him what she had learnt. We must have had some sympathy for him. "Is Mr Heathcliff a man? If so is he is mad "this is a quote is used by Isabella, but it is varied "Is he a human or a devil" I can strongly say that he is a human because he has feelings for people but he is also overwhelmed with anger, hatred and revenge. I conclude my essay by agreeing with the reader's views because all the evidence points towards the spiteful way of Heathcliff. The language used presents him as a savage but he shows he is capable of emotion love and also jealousy. I still hate the ways he has tried to correct his mistakes by using Hareton to get back at Hindley, the brute ness of hanging the dog from Thrushcross Grange. He married Isabella so he could gain control of Thrushcross Grange for his own revenge. Throughout the novel it is mostly about Heathcliff and his own revenge on characters. I can understand why the early readers of the novel despised Heathcliff because of the words that Emily Bronte used. These words that she wrote "slut" were disgusted by the readers when the novel was first published because words like "slut" were not heard or said in those times. Heathcliff understandingly was one of the cruellest characters in Wuthering Heights and the English Literature (readers are intrigued by him). "I shall pay Hindley back. I don't care how long I wait, if I can only do it. I hope he will not die before I do" Ciaran Brennan Page 1 4/26/2007 ...read more.

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