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In the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront revenge is a major theme from beginning to end Although this theme is present within all of Bronts characters it is most obviously displayed through Heathcliff who seems to have the greatest desire for revenge on other characters Heathcliff plots revenge on three main characters First he plots revenge on Cathy for killing Catherine during birth Secondly Heathcliff plots revenge on Hindley and for his cruel treatment to Heathcliff when Heathcliff is younger It is also described that Heathcliff is plotting revenge against Edgar and his offspring over the death of his beloved and tragically lost obsession Catherine Here in Heathcliff exists a psychosomatic notion that if he revenges Catherines death that he will be with her for all eternity when he dies It is a result of the conclusion of the story and after Heathcliff disengages his plots and schemes following little satisfaction is Heathcliff finally capable of viewing Catherines spirit ghost it is a lesson that takes a long time to learn and before it is learned Heathcliff has already destroyed many lives in the course of his relentless eagerness for revenge Revenge sets the stage for the ultimate destiny of Heathcliffs character and this retribution survives through his wild and heartbreaking love to his final and most beautiful awakening Therefore revenge is by far the most explored and constant thematic element in Wuthering Heights and is most applied to the character of Heathcliff One of the first examples of revenge in Wuthering Heights involving Heathcliff was what he did to Hindley in 1778 Heathcliff saves Hareton Hindleys son from a horrific incident where Hindley drunkenly drops Hareton over the handrail at the top of the stairs Heathcliff is lucky to catch Hareton at the bottom of the staircase or else Hareton would have died Hindley despises his child Hareton for he blames him for the death of his wife an out of place
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