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How does Emily Bronte present Heathcliff in the novel Wuthering Heights?

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Introduction

HOW DOES EMILY BRONT� PRESENT HEATHCLIFF IN THE NOVEL WUTHERING HEIGHTS? The novel Wuthering Heights is a gothic tale of love, loss, and redemption. Heathcliff who is one of the lead characters is presented to the reader in many forms throughout the novel. He is portrayed as a man who loves a woman, vindictive and as an outcast. He is also very demanding and appears to be an evil person. During Heathcliff's early years at the Earnshaws home, it is obvious that Heathcliff shows his vindictive form at an early age. His friendship with Cathy is tested when Edgar Linton arrives for dinner. Heathcliff is jealous of Edgar's class and charm so it is no surprise that when Edgar jokes about him Heathcliff would retaliate. We are told by the narrator that "the seized a tureen of hot apple sauce...dashed it full across his face" which gives the reader the evidence to assume that this is how Heathcliff will act all his life. ...read more.

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In the novel up to the death of Catherine it seems his life has already been hell but when she does die Bront� makes him act like he is constantly grieving the death of Catherine. On the night of Catherine's death there is an emotional reunion between Heathcliff and herself in which they speak how much they love and hate each other. After a remark from Catherine he replies "I love my murderer - but yours! How can I?" saying that he could love her for murdering him but not love her murderer even though he thinks it is herself. The language of the phrase has a very large impact on me because when the whole scene is read it seems so tense and frustrating because they are both in love but hardly ever admit it. The word 'murderer' is the subject of the phrase and it self is a harsh, cruel word because when we think murderer we automatically condemn he or she. ...read more.

Conclusion

At this point in the book we know that Catherine Linton is kept in the house at all times by Heathcliff. Furthermore into the novel, Lintons health deteriates much more whilst with Cathy on the moors with him. The passage reveals an extent of cruelty in Heathcliff because he hates his son for no reason and is perfectly happy to fill Lintons last moments with terror and despair. When Cathy remarks "I care nothing for his anger", Lintons responds "but I do. Don't provoke him against me, Catherine, for he is very hard." The language used makes us sympathetic towards Linton, as he fears his father. The word 'provoke' seems to stand out mostly because this could mean that Lintons thinks Catherine would tell of him to his father which would get him into trouble - this does not show trust. In conclusion I think that Heathcliff is a troubled man through his past has had bad experiences but somehow manages t turn around his life and take his anger out on other peoples lives in turn affecting them. It is true however, that Heathcliff really did love Catherine and wished to be with her even after death. ...read more.

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