Childhood Is Shown to Be a Bitter Experience in Wuthering Heights. Explore the Methods That Writers Use to Present Childhood.

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‘Childhood is shown to be a bitter experience in Wuthering Heights’ Explore the methods that writers use to present childhood. In your response you should focus on Wuthering Heights to establish your argument and you should refer to the second text that you have read to support and develop your line of argument. In ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte, a theme that is constantly presented all the way throughout is childhood. Because of the society in which the novel is set, there seems to be a sense of hostility that is shown towards the children in general across all generations – the hierarchy of late – eighteenth century to early-nineteenth century British society. Heathcliff’s presented childhood is shown to be a bitter experience to an extent because of many reasons. It can be argued that it is his childhood which makes him want revenge so badly. Heathcliff was brought into the family by Mr Earnshaw when he was a child. The reason that Bronte gives us for this is very unclear, even though Mr Earnshaw says that he brings him because Heathcliff seemed hopeless. Mr Earnshaw had a great love for Heathcliff and, after a little while, so did Catherine. This love and admiration towards the boy angered Hindley, Mr Earnshaw’s birth son. Hindley regarded Heathcliff as a “usurper of his father’s love and privileges”. The hatred that Hindley had for Heathcliff is not hidden by him and as Heathcliff grew up, he wanted revenge against Hindley for making his childhood miserable; this therefore shows that Heathcliff’s childhood was not a good
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