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How is Heathcliff's relationship with Hindley portrayed in chapters one to ten of Wuthering Heights?

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Wuthering Heights Question How is Heathcliff's relationship with Hindley portrayed in chapters one to ten of Wuthering Heights? Answer Heathcliff's relationship with Hindley is portrayed using a number of techniques. The author uses a frame narration. This is where Lockwood, the narrator, is repeating the words of Nelly, who is telling the story to Lockwood. The author also uses Lockwood reading Cathy's diary to tell part of the story. These techniques add variety to the story and also reveal it gradually to the reader. Heathcliff and Hindley have always had a relationship of hatred and jealousy. Hindley's dislike of Heathcliff stems from the fact that his father adopted the orphan Heathcliff and he felt that he had stolen his father's affection. Heathcliff's dislike of Hindley originates from the ill treatment that he receives from Hindley, almost from the moment that he enters the household. When Heathcliff and Hindley meet for the first time in Chapter Four, there is hatred between them. ...read more.


The fact that Heathcliff tries to blackmail Hindley to get his horse shows that Heathcliff is not totally innocent and takes advantage of the fact that he is Mr Earnshaw's favourite. Hindley does not like the fact that Heathcliff has bribed him and is abusive to Heathcliff. Heathcliff uses this to get Hindley's horse. Hindley says 'take my colt, gipsy then! And I pray he may break your neck'. This tells us that Hindley is very violent and doesn't really care about Heathcliff or if he is killed. Hindley also says 'I hope he'll kick out your brains!' This shows that Hindley is rather unpleasant towards Heathcliff and frustrated that he was nasty to begin with and he allowed Heathcliff to gain the upper hand. Even when Hindley treats Heathcliff badly, Heathcliff does not tell Mr Earnshaw. This shows that Heathcliff may fear Hindley or that he rises above it all. This could also be due to the fact that he wants to retain the knowledge, so that he can use it against Hindley on another occasion to his advantage. ...read more.


Heathcliff comes in just at that moment and catches the child. Heathcliff is later annoyed that he caught Hareton and did something kind for Hindley and 'had it been dark, he would have tried to remedy the mistake by smashing Hareton's skull on the steps.' This is evidence that Heathcliff is potentially violent as well as Hindley. The event also shows that he wants revenge for all Hindley's mistreatment of him, as when he realises his good deed he is annoyed and upset 'at having made himself the instrument of thwarting his own revenge'. In conclusion, Emily Bronte shows the relationship between Hindley and Heathcliff through their actions, their speech and their thoughts, told through Lockwood's frame narrative and Cathy's diary. Each has a hatred of the other, a feeling that lasts from their childhood right through to adulthood. Hindley's hatred stems from his jealous feelings that Heathcliff came into his family as an outsider and stole his father's affection. Heathcliff's own hatred is a response to Hindley's mistreatment of him and could be viewed as retaliation or a desire for revenge. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Taylor 2007 ...read more.

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