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Catherine Earnshaw may you not rest as long as I am living Bronte 163 In this quote Heathcliffs pain from Catherines death is obvious Wuthering Heights is a Victorian novel regarding the lives of the Earnshaws and Lintons Through three generations they all experience wave after wave of tragedy all originating with Heathcliffs overwhelming desire for revenge against the Lintons This hatred is brought on by the treatment Heathcliff receives from the Lintons as well as Edgar Lintons marriage to Catherine his soul mate Although many passages of love are exposed in Wuthering Heights the true genre of this book is tragedy due to the role of characters other than Heathcliff the untraditional happy ending and the death of the heroine early in the story The role of several characters makes this novel a tragedy Hindley Hareton Cathy and Linton would be completely unneeded if this were a true love story Hindley becomes Heathcliffs Nemesis from the very beginning He is cruel and hateful towards Heathcliff He Hindley drove him Heathcliff from their company to the servants deprived him of the instructions of the curate and insisted that he should labour out of doors instead compelling him to do so as hard as any other lad on the farm Bronte 49 Hareton is also unessential to a love between Catherine and Heathcliff Hareton is Hindleys son and is treated like a slave much the way Heathcliff was treated as a boy by Hindley At one point Heathcliff talking to Nelly describes what is in store for Hareton I know what he suffers now for instance exactly it is merely a beginning of what he shall suffer thoughBronte 211 Hareton and Cathys love does make for a reconciliation of all this tragedy However it is after the majority of the book and therefore does not negate the previous misfortune Linton is a pathetic boy who only brings disgust and general pity to the book Through the
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