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Love is an affection of warm attachment adoration and devotion based on strong admiration benevolence and common interests It would be anomalous to associate this pleasurable emotion with the ever so spiteful thought of revenge However considering the major themes proposed in Wuthering Heights revenge is the most imminent of them all It is the predominant factor that leads the protagonists to their dismal fate Emily Bronte proves that there is no peace in eternal vengeance and in the end self-injury involved in serving revenges purposes will be more damaging than the original injustice The theme of revenge grows from the ill treatment Heathcliff receives from Hindley Hindleys prime motivation for this badgering is centered around love or to be more precise the lack of love He decides to persecute Heathcliff who has usurped Hindleys very own position in his fathers heart He releases this animosity on the young and vulnerable Heathcliff by refusing to allow the curate to continue Heathcliffs education and by also forcing the young boy to work as a farm hand Hindleys final desperation at revenge is an attempt to kill Heathcliff This backfires and he only succeeds in hurting himself more in the process This revenge on Heathcliff causes Hindley to go bankrupt and eventually hastens his own demise Hindleys tragedy illustrates the point Isabella makes Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies Bronte 177 The ever so common phrase What goes around comes around also comes to mind The reasoning behind Hindleys revenge is clearly understood but sympathy for Hindley is only temporary because his unfortunate predicaments are of his own making If he had been more lenient and understanding of Heathcliffs needs he would have avoided his own mishaps In the end Hindleys loss of Wuthering Heights to Heathcliff and his mysterious death reflect how vengeance does not make anything better only worse Heathcliffs seeking
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