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There are many themes to Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights However the most dominant theme is that of revenge This is especially true in the second half of the book when Heathcliffs malicious plan of revenge comes to life Many believe Heathcliff to be inhuman some even describe him as sadistic and demonic Heathcliffs revenge may involve a pathological condition of hatred but it is not at bottom merely neurotic It has a moral force Kettle 121 Still those who sympathize with Heathcliff realize the turmoil he has suffered Though he is inhuman we understand why he is inhuman Kettle 121 When Heathcliff is introduced to the family for the first time Mr Earnshaw describes him as its as dark almost as if it came from the devil Bronte 61 Harold Bloom states that Heathcliffs mysterious origin makes him a social outcastand his destitute adolescence creates a stoical calculating temperament Bloom 22 However these items alone are not reason enough to justify Heathcliffs vengeance The justifications for such vindictive actions were brought about after many years of tolerating cruel mistreatment from Hindley his love for Catherine and his hatred and jealousy of the wealthy Edgar LintonFrom the day Mr Earnshaw brings Heathcliff into the house and names him after his first bore son that died years ago Hindley despises him When Mr Earnshaw returns from his trip to Liverpool he is to bring gifts for Hindley and Catherine Yet when they find that there gifts are destroyed and instead he brings home a gypsy child they are quick to blame the newcomer Mr Earnshaw has the highest regard for Heathcliff and is quick to discipline anyone who disrespects him And thus begins Hindleys humiliation of Heathcliff As children Heathcliffs horse fell lame and he threatens to tell Mr Earnshaw of Hindleys previous thrashings if he does not give him his pony Only after Heathcliff tolerates another beating does Hindley give up his pony He then tells
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