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'Monster v Hero. How far is Heathcliff justified in his treatment of other characters?

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'Monster v Hero. How far is Heathcliff justified in his treatment of other characters? Jamie Allen When you first meet Heathcliff he is a person that is uncommunicative and difficult to talk to at the age of 8. My impression of him is that he is very shy. He seems to do whatever anyone says, especially his foster parents, they have total control over him, even though his foster parents aren't really too caring about him. His personality, I think, seems odd, he is quiet and boring, but also he has made good friends with Cathy and they soon fall in love. But with everyone else he is quiet, and his slaved for work. The kind of life I think he had before he came to Wuthering Heights, was that his parents abused him, as he sometimes got into trouble and was cheeky to his parents, but then again I think he was the type who had no friends, a loner, just stayed in his room all the time. ...read more.

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Around Christmas Heathcliff wants to be more responsible, so he tries to not cause trouble, but Edgar is really unfair to him and insults him inadvertently 'I wonder they don't make his head ache. It's like a colts mane over his eyes', even though Heathcliff has done nothing wrong, Edgar's insults increase. As he keeps being unfair, Heathcliff responds by throwing a tureen of hot apple sauce at Edgar. I don't think this was fair on Heathcliff as he had done nothing to Edgar. Edgar was the one who started and this ended up starting a 'human' war between the two. I think Edgar deserved what Heathcliff did to him as his behaviour was unacceptable. But also Heathcliff was being treated unfairly by Hindley so Heathcliff couldn't help but behave like he did. Cathy's words 'it would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now, he shall never know how I love him' feel like betrayal to Heathcliff. ...read more.

Conclusion

But as Heathcliff keeps provokes and bullies him, he may become 'less' pathetic when he is older and make use of himself. I think Heathcliff treats Hindley in his own eyes the same way has Hindley treated him. He makes him do everything, and Hindleys responding is active. I think this is fair as Hindley did the same to Heathcliff, but I feel sorry for Hindley because Heathcliff is a nasty man. When Heathcliff loses his love Cathy, he doesn't show his real pain and emotions with tears and sadness. He broods and keeps it bottled up inside - this by staying outside day and night, not going home, he doesn't sleep or eat. I do feel some sympathy for Heathcliff, he's had a wretched life, but also I feel grieved for his victims, he has treated everyone like dirt, especially Isabella, Edgar and Hareton. But then some of his victims did the same to him, so revenge was inevitable. Cathy hurt Heathcliff so much because she chose Edgar to marry. It marks Heathcliff a very bitter brooding person that wants total power over his victims. ...read more.

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