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Wuthering Heights Essay IWhat do you learn about the character of Hindley in these pages and how is he presented II Some readers see Hindley as an odd mixture of strength and weakness of femininity and masculinity What do you think about his character and role in the whole novel Hindley is a pivotal character in Wuthering heights and features throughout the novel revealing a number of different aspects to his character Initially presented as a young boy soon ostracised after the introduction of Heathcliff to the Earnshaw family he is driven to despair and self-loathing after the death of his wife Frances Before this he exercises a tyrannical influence over the young Cathy and Heathcliff after his father Mr Earnshaws death getting what he feels is well deserved revenge after the rest of the familys poor treatment of him in past years As Lockwood discovers these characters uncovering Cathys journal in a room at Wuthering heights from over twenty-five years ago we get an immediate first impression of Hindley as Cathy describes a typical Sunday at her home From the way in which Hindley is presented on these pages we learn much about different aspects of his character As Cathy begins we know nothing about the character of Hindley and initially we sympathise with the young Cathy and Heathcliff as we see their apparently cruel treatment as uncalled for and unjust in proportion to their crimes Later as we hear Nelly Deans narrative at the opening of chapter six although the merciless persecution of the children by Hindley still indicates the bad natured ness of his character we have a much greater insight into the cause of his actions and a greater sympathy with him The first paragraph of Cathys journal is used to highlight the gulf between Cathys new treatment compared with the way in which she was treated by her father I wish my father was
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