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The theme of revenge has been shaped into a finely ornamented arabesque in Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights The subsidiary themes of possession social status incest adultery child abuse and treachery and violence have been curiously intertwined with the main theme of revenge to foreground it The central motif in this exquisitely crafted arabesque is Heathcliff and his unquenchable thirst for revenge Master and Servant The elder Earnshaw adopts Heathcliff and is partial to him Consequently Hindley his own son regards Heathcliff as a usurper of his fathers affections and his privileges Ch4 and hates him After the death of Hindleys parents Hindley became tyrannical Ch6 and treat Heathcliff cruelly compelling him to labour as hard as any other lad on the farm Ch6 Heathcliff plans to avenge all the abuse he suffers at the hands of his new master Hindley Im trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back I dont care how long I wait if I can only do it at last Ch7 Heathcliff succeeds in ruining Hindley who finally drinks himself to death Heathcliff the former servant and at present a mere guest becomes the master of Wuthering Heights Ch17 But his thirst for revenge is not satisfied and is extended to the next generation I Heatheliff want the triumph of seeing my descendant fairly lord of their estates my child hiring their children to till their fathers lands for wages Ch20 Heathcliff succeeds in avenging his lost childhood happiness by brutalizing Hindleys son Hareton Earnshaw who is the true heir of Wuthering Heights Ive got him faster than his scoundrel of a father secured me and lowerYoull own that Ive out-matched Hindley there Ch21 Incest After Hindley leaves for college the incestuous relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff develops faster and becomes stronger She was much too fond of Heathcliff Ch5 But because of circumstances the luckless adventure at Thrushcross Grange and its consequences Ch6 and
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