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Is Heathcliff intrinsically evil or is he merely the product of Mr Earnshaw's indulgence and Hindley's cruelty?

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Paul Gallagher 10HY Mrs Wilson Is Heathcliff intrinsically evil or is he merely the product of Mr Earnshaw's indulgence and Hindley's cruelty? Heathcliff lives at Wuthering Heights in the Yorkshire moors. While he was young Mr Earnshaw adopted him after he went on a trip to Liverpool. When they got back from Liverpool he was subjected to a state of bullying by his step bother Hindley. While at Wuthering Heights he became Mr Earnshaws favourite child, which sickened Hindley even more. I think that Heathcliff is an evil person and he is out for revenge on Hindley but I think that he has a good reason. The hate began to start while he was a child because Hindley bullies him repeatedly. ...read more.

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While she is there she becomes attracted to Edgar Linton, this could also contribute to Heathcliff's hate. He does however release some of the anger when he throws hot applesauce over Edgar Linton. Catherine then moves further away from Heathcliff and she decides to marry Edgar Linton. This makes Heathcliff move away. While all this has been going on Hindley's wife dies during childbirth, which causes him to become steeped in degradation and become an alcoholic. Heathcliff returns after three years. He succeeds in winning Wuthering heights from Hindley Earnshaw. While he owns Wuthering Heights he robs Hindley of his wealth and property. He also drives Hindley to a life of perdition by encouraging his drinking, gambling and he brutally assaults him. ...read more.

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Isabella then dies and Heathcliff forces a romance between Catherine Linton and Linton Heathcliff. His cruelty is then furthered by keeping them hostage at Wuthering Heights, until they marry. While they are married he shows no sympathy for them. While his son Linton is dying he does not even bother to call a doctor for him, "His life is not worth a farthing and I won't spend a farthing on him," he also hits Catherine. Edgar then dies and Heathcliff is now the owner of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. But Linton's marriage does not last that long and he dies. A relationship begins to bloom between Catherine Linton And Hareton Earnshaw. Heathcliff then appears to attain a degree of composure and he allows Hareton and Catherine to develop their friendship, this is probably the nicest thing he has done in the whole story. Heathcliff dies quietly. ...read more.

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