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The juxtaposition of sharply disparate elements ie clashing contrasts can give rise to violence Such is certainly true of Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights In fact the entire novel could be analyzed using comparison and contrast Examples of the clashing contrasts are found in the violence between Heathcliff and Edgar Heathcliff and Linton Heathcliff and Hindley Catherine and Isabella and Heathcliff and Isabella Other contrasts which serve to explicate the plot and relationships are the differences between Heathcliff and Edgar Hareton and Linton and Nelly and Lockwood Edgar and Heathcliff are the perfect example of clashing contrasts These two men are so different from one another that it is no wonder that violence was the way they expressed their mutual hate for one another Their first encounter was at Wuthering Heights The Lintons came over for Christmas and Edgar made a rude comment about Heathcliffs hair Heathcliffs violent nature was not prepared to endure the appearance of impertinence from one whom he seemed to hate He seized a tureen of hot apple sauce and dashed it full against the speakers face and neck The two boys struggle to win Catherines heart leads them to try to hurt one another in the process Catherine agrees to marry Edgar and Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights for three years because he is so hurt by this engagement When he returns he is a changed man on the outside but he still has his sinful ways about him One time he visits Catherine while Edgar is out and the two get into a heated argument Edgar is told about this and gets two servants to follow him in to the kitchen to make Heathcliff leave He questions Catherine and Heathcliff who had raised his eyes at the former speech gave a sneering laugh at the latter on purpose it seemed to draw Mr Lintons attention to him He succeeded but Edgar did not mean to entertain him with any high flights
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