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What is insanity One might ask this question some time through out their life Insanity is madness the state of being insane In Wuthering Heights Bronte uses insanity to make many points throughout the novel This theme of insanity will be used to discuss all the unconventional things that Heathcliff does in the novel Wuthering Heights Also the three main feelings that could drive oneself to insanity will be confabulated Obsession Grief and Revenge The Obsession Heathcliff has with Catherine the Grief that Heathcliff had with Catherines marriage to Edgar and the Revenge that Heathcliff takes on Hindley All three of these topics play a very important role to the outcome of this novel as well as help one to better understand the concept of insanity that Bronte uses in the novel Insanity can show up in many different situations it can be seen in love hate desire lust greed grief or even by just having a lack of food In Wuthering Heights one of the main characters shows insanity in many situations This insane character is Heathcliff the boy that was adopted by Mr Earnshaw after he was found starving on the streets in Liverpool England 36 Was Heathcliff insane from the beginning Mr Earnshaw showed Heathcliff a great amount of love and for a short while Heathcliff was happy Mr Earnshaw treated Heathcliff as if he was his very own son Heathcliff was held even higher than Mr Earnshaws children at times 37 Heathcliff had a happy time with the Earnshaws at their estate Wuthering Heights for 2 years until Mr Earnshaw died 43 Immediately after Mr Earnshaw died Heathcliffs life starts to get bad Heathcliff is made a servant by Henley Earnshaw the son of Mr Earnshaw and is shown hate which starts to breed the insanity that is shown later in his life However Heathcliff still has a friend through all his trials Catherine the daughter of Mr Earnshaw always liked
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