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Hindley's Character Portrayal

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Explain the way in which Hindley is portrayed here and elsewhere in the novel Lexically, the extract begins with a whole presentation of evil by Hindley, "He entered, vociferating oaths dreadful to hear and caught me in the act of stowing his son away in the kitchen cupboard". The personal determiner "he" at the start of the extract emphasises Hindley's character since it is the first word of the extract, it shows the dramatic tension of the narrator and how Hindley is perceived, The narrator could have used the name "Hindley", but what Bronte tried to do was create and impression of solidity and pure evil reflecting from Hindley. "Vociferating" again shows pure evil and isn't a pleasant word, the connotations show violence, gore and terror. Bronte again emphasises Hindley's introduction with this word to give more impact. "...a wholesome terror". This part of the quote shows how Hindley's evil came along and empathises the size factor of his terror,, "wholesome" suggests that something is large, so the terror would in ...read more.


show the ruthlessness of Hindley , it also impacts on sound and empathises the moving motion of the knife is it proceeded between Nelly's teeth. The choices of words which Nelly uses to describe Hindley are un-earthly. "By Heaven and Hell....with the help of Satan..". These words show a biblical references, "Hell" and "Satan" , they shows signs of pure evil and rage, comparing this to Hindley, it would match his introduction in the extract since he entered with rage, "Satan" is another reference to the devil, and the connotations of devil are not positive. Biblical the devil would create terror, and Hindley in fact is acting in the same way a devil would. Hindley moves on in the extract to confront his own child. "I'll break the brat's neck". He refers to his son Hareton and threatens to injure him, Again the horrific speech by Hindley disgusts the reader, especially when he is referring to his own child. ...read more.


"there's a joy; kiss me; what?! It won't?" the structure of this sentence shows the shock of Hindley and how he perceives the response of Hareton. It is broken down which emphasises Hindley shock and also how the words cannot proceed from Hindley mouth, he stutters from the shock. Others around him such as Nelly are not surprised of Hareton's refusal. Hindley also refers to Hareton as "It". Bronte could have used this to show the way Hareton was brought up, he wasn't brought up humanely, so being referred to as "it" shouldn't come as a surprise to the reader. Nelly then expresses extremity with exclamatory. "He hates you - they all hate you - that's the truth!". The way the sentence is broke shows how Nelly processed her speech, to make it clear, she broke the sentence so that the reader would understand and pick up every word. The sentence starts with a Personal determiner, "HE", then moves onto another Personal Determiner, "they" and then finally a Relative Determiner "that". These all emphasise the affirmative voice of Nelly and her exclamatory. ...read more.

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