Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Essay

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Emily Bronte created a book called Wuthering Heights that was published in 1847. The book has been rejected multiple times by the Victorian readers because of its disturbing, unexplained vision of anarchy and decay (Knoepflmacher). I chose the book Wuthering Heights because it has an interesting name. I never thought the book was narrated by two people and that it had a dramatic romance to it. Also I have notice that there is a large amount of hate towards the character Heathcliff due to his actions towards revenge. Although many critics claim that Heathcliff is the true villain of Wuthering Heights I disagree with these critics because in my opinion Heathcliff is not the true villain of Wuthering Heights. I say this because a villain is someone who does wicked or evil deliberately. Even though his actions were cruel and evil much like a villain there is a character within the story that has done far worse than Heathcliff. In my opinion, I see Heathcliff more as a victim than a villain because he was mistreated when he was a child.
In the book Emily Bronte described Heathcliff as "dark, almost as if he came from the devil," (pg. 54) immediately making the reader view the character as evil. However Heathcliff became who he is because of the abuse from Hindley and Catherine’s ambitions. There are critics that question the existence of the Heathcliff like Charlotte Bronte notes “Whether it is right or advisable to create beings like Heathcliff, I do not know; I scarcely think it is” (pg. 16). All of his actions towards revenge were wicked and evil, but there is not enough evidence that indicates that Heathcliff is the true villain of Wuthering Heights because he is more of a victim than a villain.
First of all, when Heathcliff first started living with the Earnshaws he was treated badly by Hindley because of Mr. Earnshaw's favoring Heathcliff as his favorite child. As Nelly Dean said "from the very beginning, he bred bad feeling in the house” (pg. 56). Heathcliff had suffered many bruises and humiliations from Hindley that caused him to want vengeance against Hindley. Heathcliff told Nelly that he will make Hindley pay he said “I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last. I hope he will not die before I do!” (pg.78). His first step towards revenge was to take everything away from Hindley by turning him into an alcoholic and a gambler. Doing so, Heathcliff became the new master of wuthering heights. The other half towards his revenge was to take away Edgar Linton love ones which are his sister and daughter. He wanted to show Edgar of how he felt when he has taken away Catherine from him. At the end the story, Heathcliff was still unhappy even though he had his vengeance against Hindley and Edgar. A villain would have been happy when he or she had completed their vengeance against their enemies but not Heathcliff. This shows of how much of a romantic maniac Heathcliff is because he did all this for his love for Catherine. Heathcliff...

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