Three elements of destructive Relationships in "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte

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Three Aspects of Destructive Relationships in Wuthering Heights

Many people in the world are trying to find a perfect companion. Some of these

may marry and not know what their new husband or wife is like. This kind of situation

often leads to separation or hostility. Other situations may develop between two friends

that stem from jealousy, desire for revenge, uncaring parents, etc. Emily Brontë's

Wuthering Heights displays several characteristics of destructive relationships. Three of

these are uncaring parents, marriage without knowing the person, and jealousy.

Uncaring or unsympathizing parents are shown throughout this story to be an

element of destructive relationships. Because Heathcliff gained all the attention from Mr.

Earnshaw, Hindley became disassociated from his father. This separation continued until

after Mr. Earnshaw had died. Another example is between Hindley and Hareton. Hindley

became such a drunk and a gambler that he could not properly care for young Hareton.

This led to a separation between Hareton and his father as well. One primary example of

an uncaring parent is shown between Heathcliff and his son Linton. Heathcliff did not

even want his son for anything except enacting a part of his revenge. This is shown by

Linton's fear of Heathcliff and Heathcliff's enmity toward his son. Linton even says "...

my father threatened me, and I dread him - I dread him!"(244) to express his feeling

about Heathcliff . The hostility and separation between father and son in this book shows

that uncaring parents can cause serious damage in relationships with their children.

This element of destructive behavior may stem from an unhappy marriage in

which the husbands or wives don't know each other. This had happened between Isabella

and Heathcliff. Isabella did not really know Heathcliff when she married him, but after

she had married him she...