Wuthering Heights Essay

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Jade Pulliam Mrs. Frazier English 11 August 11, 2010 Wuthering Heights Essay Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is a romantic novel full of characters with unique personalities and attitudes. One of the characters is Heathcliff. Heathcliff plays an important role in Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff is a man who seeks to get revenge from everyone who hurt him in his life. Novelist and playwrights have often seen madness with a “discerning eye” in books. One of those books is Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. One definition of madness is “mental delusion or the eccentric behavior arising from it.” Most people would consider Heathcliff mad for his irrational behavior. Was Heathcliff mad because of his irrational behavior and was his madness reasonable? From the day Mr. Earnshaw brought Heathcliff to Wuthering Heights everyone has treated him unfairly. Hindley treated him the worst and Catherine and Nelly decided to follow Hindley’s hatred towards Heathcliff. Mr. Earnshaw was the only one who was considerate to Heathcliff at first. Heathcliff eventually gained Catherine and Nelly’s sympathy and they stopped their hatred towards him. Catherine fell in love with Heathcliff, but decided to marry someone named Edgar Linton because he had money. Heathcliff runs away when he is eavesdropping on Nelly and Catherine’s conversation about her marrying Edgar Linton. Heathcliff comes back to Wuthering Heights three years later and resides there and then he visits Thrushcross Grange, where Catherine is living with her husband Edgar Linton. Catherine gets ill and eventually dies while giving child birth. This is when everything went wrong. Heathcliff loved Catherine very much and she also loved him. But since Heathcliff had been casted down so low by Hindley, it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff. Catherine does say she loves Heathcliff more than

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