Alienation In Wuthering Heights

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Alienation causes the characters in Wuthering Heights to make choices that are not always in their best interest. Examples of this behaviour are made by Hindley and Isabella; Hareton, Linton and Cathy; and Heathcliff, Edgar and Catherine. Loneliness and alienation make Isabella and Hindley desperate people, and perhaps their alienation could have been avoided. Cathy, Linton and Hareton all experience alienation from each other, but the most alienation is caused by Heathcliff. Lastly, Catherine, Heathcliff and Edgar are alienated the most in the novel, Wuthering Heights. It can be said that this alienation is what causes their deaths, and all of their sorrows. Alienation makes a character desperate, and desperation can cause one to make decisions that they regret. Bad decisions are made by Hindley and Isabella because of alienation in the novel Wuthering Heights. Hindley first feels alienation as a young boy, when his father, Mr. Earnshaw returns from Liverpool with a dark haired boy, a “gipsy brat.” Hindley dislikes Heathcliff, the orphan immediately, but his hatred for him grows as he quickly becomes Mr. Earnshaw’s favourite. “The young master [Hindley] had learnt to regard… Heathcliff as a usurper of his father’s affections and privileges.” Hindley hates Heathcliff because his father loves an orphan more than he loves his own son. As a result of this, Hindley felt alienated from his father. Later, Hindley feels more alienation after his wife, Frances dies after childbirth. His wife was the only friend Hindley had in the world, and with her gone, he has no one. This alienation turned into desperation: “For himself [Hindley], he grew desperate: his sorrow was of that kind that will not lament.” The result of this alienation is Hindley’s decision to drink himself to death. Isabella feels alienation when Heathcliff comes back. She feels alienated because she

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