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In Wuthering Heights all of the Earnshaw family affects Heathcliff in a negative manner The Earnshaws nurturing of Heathcliff gives him the malevolent evil characteristics that he carries with him his whole life Through this example Emily Bronte supports the tabula rosa theory in which a persons attribute develop not due to their nature but from their experiences Mr Earnshaw Hindley Earnshaw and Catherine Earnshaw perform as the cornerstones to Heathcliffs background First of all Mr Earnshaw makes Heathcliff the favorite son implanting a sense that the boy belongs in the family Secondly Hindley Earnshaw shapes Heathcliff through his hatred of him Finally Catherine influences Heathcliff through her selfish neglect of his needs This trio demonstrates the great twisting of emotions throughout Wuthering Heights Also Wade Thompson illustrates how callous feelings are the main characteristics associated with Wuthering Heights by saying Normal emotions are almost completely inverted hate replaces love cruelty replaces kindness and survival depends on ones ability to be tough brutal and rebellious Thompson 101 To survive this harsh setting Heathcliff must embrace these emotions Mr Earnshaw impinges on Heathcliff in a very profound manner during the boys childhood This concern for the child benefits Heathcliff as he feels that he somewhat belongs to the family Mr Earnshaw begins to influence Heathcliff at a very young age While on a trip to Liverpool Mr Earnshaw discovers Heathcliff He takes the gypsy home thinking that the boy would surely die After this episode Mr Earnshaw operates as Heathcliffs savior and sole benefactor Everyone in the Earnshaw house wants the little ruffian gone Mrs Earnshaw even wants to abandon the child asking how he could fashion to bring that gipsy brat into the house when they had their own bairns to feed and fend forBronte 41 Mr Earnshaws decision to take a homeless child in comes into question even with his own wife Hindley and Catherine do not want Heathcliff at Wuthering Heights because their
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