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Is Heathcliff a monster, or just misunderstood?

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Annabel Smith U4G Is Heathcliff a monster, or just misunderstood? Heathcliff. He is character that perplexes many with his enigmatic ways. With many film adaptations he is played in near enough the same as how he is in Bronte?s book ? as a monster. But what is a monster? Is it that he is a vicious murderer? Is it someone with no sympathy for others? Or is it someone without a care in the world? Arguably Heathcliff is all of these and more.. Throughout Wuthering Heights, it can be seen that Heathcliff is a social outcast, not fitting in with anything the other inhabitants of Wuthering Heights do. Any reader of the book produces a completely different view of Heathcliff showing even more so that he is misunderstood by many people. There are different characteristics that critics have used to labelled Heathcliff; some include a social misfit, a devil from hell, or something completely different by labelling him a romantic or gothic hero. The different characteristics indicate that there will never be one ?label? for Heathcliff. As the main character of Emily Bronte?s novel, there are some interesting things that revolve around Heathcliff from the time that he arrives at Wuthering Heights as a complete outsider until he dies as a powerful landlord of both Wuthering Heights and Thurshcross Grange. ...read more.


He is typically described as outside of the family structure. This would make him self conscious about himself and could be a reason for his actions later on in his life. Heathcliff?s presence in Wuthering Heights put the Earnshaw family in turmoil. Family relationships soon become unpleasant and hateful. It seemed Heathcliff was a trouble maker. ?Miss Cathy and he were now very thick; but Hindley hated him?we were plagued.? This suggests that Hindley grew jealous of Heathcliff because he was practically taking his sister away from him. This caused Hindley?s actions towards Heathcliff to be more abusive and physical. Heathcliff is unarguably cruel. He is detestable and vengeful, spiteful and mean, but I would say that there was means to the madness. It all started with Hindley and the way he treated him. He treated him as a servant, no better or no worse than the horses that drew their luggage. That kind of treatment would turn anyone sour. But the real catalyst in the situation is Cathy. He loves her. She is saving his grace in a life that is miserable and hard, and without her, he would be completely alone. ...read more.


In all respects, though, as well as I feel for him, I think that he could have not partaken in the actions he did, driving others to the madness he felt as well. There?s a lesson to be learned here, that if you?ve been wronged, you should make certain not to pass on the pain and misery to others, even if they did help ruin you, and especially if they were completely innocent. If I were in a situation, where the one I loved left me for someone else without warning, with words still wringing in my heart and head, with promises of trust and devotion still tied around my mind, I would walk away and let them see their own mistakes. It might take them a while, but vengeance never does justice, it only lasts as a bitter satisfaction for a short time. Rather, recover from the blows, continue life even get away from it all if necessary. But I would never hurt others purposefully just to spite them in the pain they inflicted on me. But then again, I?m not Heathcliff, I?m Annabel Smith, and I wouldn?t act just for spite. ?Is Heathcliff a man, if so he is mad, and if not is he a devil?? ...read more.

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