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THE CHARACTER OF HARETON IN WUTHERING HEIGHTS

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Introduction

THE CHARACTER OF HARETON IN WUTHERING HEIGHTS Wuthering Heights, written by Emile Bronte, is on of the most famous Victorian novels in English literature. This novel was the only novel written by her. The novel has the social and moral values in England in the nineteenth century as the recurring theme. The adjective 'wuthering' is used in some parts of rural England to describe stormy weather. Wuthering Heights is a farmhouse on top of a small hillock, which is open to all the elements of wind and weather and hence is synonymous with passion and violence. The other house nearby, Thrushcross Grange contrasts sharply with Wuthering Heights. The two groups of people residing here, the Earnshaws in the former and the Lintons in the latter, are also people with opposing tendencies. Into this world comes a man alien to both extremes, Heathcliff who is adopted by the Earnshaws. The whole story revolves around these characters. Hareton Earnshaw, son of Frances and Hindley Earnshaw has a small but important part in the novel. ...read more.

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The combination of this and fact that Hindley, after Frances's death became a wild, drunken and lost man, made Hareton a quiet child. We next see Hareton as six-year-old boy with a mouth willing to let out a stream of curses. Heathcliff, after returning and lodging at Wuthering Heights has started to extend his influence over Hareton. He stops his education but makes him feel as though it was his own choice. By taking his side against Hindley, he effectively turns Hareton against Hindley and wins his love and trust. Heathcliff gains a savage pleasure in doing to Hindley's son, what Hindley did to him. After Hindley's death, Hareton is almost reduced to the state of a sevant, but he is ignorant and remains so of the fact that he has been wronged. Hareton grows up to be fine looking lad, though very rough and unruly in manner. He is very much like Heathcliff at that age. He knows that his position is not that of a servant and has the same pride that Heathcliff had once. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is attached to Heathcliff "by ties stronger than reasons could break- chains, forged by habits." This is also evident from the unalloyed grief that he felt at Heathcliff's death. "He sat by the corpse all night, weeping in bitter earnest." The apt ending to the story is provided when Hareton's friendship with Cathy grows into a strong and mutual love culminating in a marriage. His love for Cathy is also, like him, pure and innocent. He transforms, from a shabbily clad ignoramus to a respectably dressed gentleman. We do not see any of the common Victorian hypocrisy in his nature. His good character and genial temperament makes him one of the best characters in the novel. Hareton's presence cannot be felt throughout the novel, but he effectually completes the story. He can be compared to a rough, unpolished diamond whose shine was not so well perceivable until another genial soul unearthed it from the mines of ignorance. He is a shining example of the fact that no matter where the circumstances of one's life leads to, they will, sooner or later fall upon the track of life on which they are supposed to be. ...read more.

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