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Heathcliff Strides The Novel Like A Malevolent Colossus Do You Agree?

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Heathcliff Strides The Novel Like A Malevolent Colossus Do You Agree? Emily Bronte's life was always surrounded by death and strict rules of the church. Whenever she looked out of her window she could see the church that her father was a priest at in front of her, and to the left the graveyard that went with the church. She was an isolated child and created imaginary worlds with her sisters: Anne and Charlotte for entertainment. She wrote only one novel (Wuthering Heights), which at the time was like nothing anybody had seen before. It is morbid, probably because of her close link to the death, and its central character is sinister and powerful. In the novel Bronte is almost dissident towards the church especially with Heathcliff. It was said by its reviewers any author of the work must be insane and barbaric and it took many attempts under different names before it was finally published. Heathcliff without a doubt is the central character of the novel. He stands out from the rest with his sinister ways and even from the start when he is a child he is peculiar e.g. when Hindly bullies him because he feels Heathcliff is a minion Heathcliff does nothing. On completing the novel we know this is because he stores every piece of pain that others have caused him to make a plan for ultimate revenge on them all in later life. ...read more.


But when he hears her say to the maid, Nelly Dean, that she could never marry Heathcliff he was he runs away. He comes back years later with an athletic build, wealth, and dressed in dark clothes. His intentions...Very simply to win Cathy over. It's too late. She marries Edgar Linton. Heathcliff is destrort and here we see him striding the novel as he pieces together his plans for revenge. He firstly marries Isabella Linton to get back at Edgar. Years previous Heathcliff and Cathy had been caught in a storm up by Thrush cross Grange (the Linton household). The Linton's let Cathy in but set the dogs on Heathcliff. Cathy knows what Heathcliff is doing; she sees them as being one. "He'd crush you, like a sparrow's egg, Isabella, if he found you a troublesome charge..." This shows that Cathy is well a were that Heathcliff is taking this marriage as it comes and doesn't love Isabella at all but Isabella doesn't think so. Cathy says, "If he found you a troublesome charge." She knows very well that Heathcliff is going to do just that, break Isabella's heart and coldly walk away leaving everyone to pick up the pieces of the pain that he has transferred from himself into her. ...read more.


It shows again his sinister approach on him getting his revenge, his own son is dying before him and he is relatively pleased! His sarcastic tone is typical of him and he has every reason to be happy, he has just witnessed the death of another Linton. The novel overall in my opinion is over rated. I don't feel like I can relate myself to any of the characters or see myself feeling what they feel because I think the novel is out of date. I don't like its dark morbid setting and the death and misery that pleases another human being, I feel that although in our modern time and age there has been a lot worse things written, like "A Clockwork Orange" the idea of that was to demote the idea of violence by showing immense acts of violence etc, but when you say: "Wuthering Heights, the novel about death and pain for one mans satisfaction I don't like it. I firmly believe that Heathcliff is an evil man, by default. If Catherine had lived and married him he would never have been how he was. He knew he had nothing to live for as an orphan child in Liverpool and then on meeting Catherine he gets a new lease of life and something to live for, then that's taken away from him and its like he's the orphan on the streets of Liverpool again. ...read more.

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