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Hatred A Destructive Force Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life - -Eric Hoffer Every villain has a motive a goal which makes them the person they are But within every villain lays a Common theme hatred In the play King Lear and the novel Wuthering Heights the main characters share the common theme of Hate Both Heathcliff and Edmund share hate for their peers hate for their loved ones and hate for themselves The theme of hatred can be divided into three aspects where it originated where it blossomed and turned into revenge and how it lead to both characters realization of the crimes and repentance Similarly hatred can be compared to a flower and like every flower it has to be planted in order for it to grow For the theme of hatred to become a dominate factor in both character lives it would have to originate from somewhere In Wuthering Heights Heathcliff was an orphan on the streets of Liverpool The protagonists hatred was planted when he was a child brought to live at Wuthering Heights by Mr Earnshaw After Mr Earnshaw dies his resentful son Hindley abuses Heathcliff and treats him as a servant With this action by Hindley Earnshaw it is evident that Heathcliffs hatred began when he was mistreated by Hindley Likewise for Edmund in King Lear Edmund resents his status as a bastard and schemes to usurp Gloucesters title and possessions from Edgar Edmunds hatred was also planted when he was a child His hatred for father and his step-brother bloomed when his father would disrespect his mother by calling here a whore and calling him a bastard Also how his brother was the
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