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An Analysis of the Themes of Revenge, Social Class and Love Related to Heathcliff in Emily Bronte's Novel Wuthering Heights
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Throughout the novel Wuthering Heights the reader is exposed to the themes of revenge social class and love through the character of Heathcliff Throughout the novel Heathcliff is described as an inhuman monster-who demonstrates great acts of evil From a literary perspective he is more the embodiment of the Byronic hero a man of stormy emotions He strikes the reader as such an interesting character because of how his nature greatly changes from the beginning of the book to the ending therefore the theme of the loss of innocence can also be somewhat connected with Heathcliff The first theme that is connected with Heathcliff is revenge Heathcliff demonstrates his revenge against several characters in the the novel For example one character is Hindley Hindley who once treated Heathcliff poorly during their childhood together loses his position of owner of the household Wuthering Heights As a result Heathcliff takes revenge by becoming the new owner and forcing Hindleys son Hareton to work long hard hours in the fields Another character that Heathcliff demonstrates his revenge on is Edgar Linton Edgar married Catherine Hareton who Heathcliff was madly in love with and as a result Heathcliff decides to take venegeance on Edgar by marrying his sister Isabella A second theme that is related to the character of Heathcliff is breaking the barrier of social class Heathcliff was a lost orphan making him on a much lower level than everyone else however as he proved himself to be a strong controlling man Hindleys father Mr Earnshaw strongly favored Heathcliff and felt that Heathcliff should deserve equal rights as others Heathcliff then demonstrates his ability to be a leader by taking over as the new owner of Wuthering Heights after the death of Hindley This shows how Heathcliff broke the barriers of the social class structure and proved to be a man capable of extraordinary control A third and final theme that can be connected to
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