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Wuthering Heights is an attempt to understand and reconcile those natural forces within us with the expectations of society Heathcliff is an example of the effects of cruelty deprivation and alienation that are the by products of civilization His brutality is a direct result of his having been denied the fundamental need for nurturing that children thrive on Abandoned as a child uncared for and unloved he was left to fend for himself in what must have seemed a hostile and frightening world Constant rejection and humiliation stimulated his desire for revenge Having been rejected he in turn rejects the system that spawned him and he sets out to destroy it He attempts to turn the cruelty he experienced back on those whom he feels have wronged him and thereby relieve his own suffering He substitutes hate for love violence for peace and disorder for harmony He brutally separates those whom he considers his enemies from their comforts and security their honor and finally from those for whom they care Unable to accept the need to control and modify his passions as a means of partaking in the love and acceptance he craves his efforts leave him lonely and tormented He finds himself no closer to the retribution for the love he lost nor the peace of mind for which he desperately longed Heathcliff was an exile and an outsider from the first On his arrival at Wuthering Heights Nelly describes him as dirty and ragged of unknown origins and speaking gibberish He is immediately regarded as a source of discord Catherines reaction is to spit in his face and Nelly leaves him in the hall overnight in the hope that he will disappear Hindley loses no time in expressing his disdain for Heathcliff bitterly resenting his fathers alienation of affection in favor of his imp of Satan he persecutes Heathcliff relentlessly Hindleys treatment of Heathcliff in Nellys opinion was enough
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