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Throughout Wuthering Heights Heathcliffs personality could be defined as dark menacing and brooding He is a dangerous character with rapidly changing moods capable of deep-seeded hatred and incapable it seems of any kind of forgiveness or compromise In the first 33 chapters the text clearly establishes Heathcliff as an untamed volatile wild man and establishes his great love of Catherine and her usage of him as the source of his ill humor and resentment towards many other characters However there are certain tensions contradictions and ambiguities present in Chapter 34 that establish the true intensity Heathcliffs feelings towards Catherine feelings so intense that they border on a jealous obsession Chapter 34 begins with a tension in regard to Heathcliffs disposition Since Heathcliffs countenance has seldom expressed anything but a sullen disposition certainly nothing even remotely resembling joy it comes as somewhat of a surprise when in the last chapter young Cathy upon seeing Heathcliff reports that he looks almost bright and cheerful -- No almost nothing -- very much excited and wild and glad 276 This is entirely unlike the Heathcliff that has been established up until this point Even Nelly who is well-accustomed to Heathcliffs personality and dark moods is taken aback by the sudden change so uncharacteristic of his usual temper --anxious to ascertain the truth of her statement for to see the master looking glad would not be an everyday spectacle I framed an excuse to go in 276 Since Catherine has previously almost always been the cause of such wild mood fluctuations it stands to reason that she has somehow inspired this wild and frightening joy in him as well During the final days of his life Heathcliffs curious behavior continues He refuses to eat absents himself from the company of Cathy Hareton or Nelly disappears inexplicably for long intervals of time and refuses to explain his absences Most disturbing his strange excitement continues causing discomfort to all those around him
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