Wuthering Heights Essay

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ANALYSIS OF A MAIN CHARACTER Heathcliff is first introduced when Mr. Lockwood, the tenant of Thrushcross Grange, comes to visit him. From there, Nelly the housekeeper of Thrushcross narrates the story and the reader is taken back to the time when Heathcliff was a young, gypsy boy. He was found on the streets of Liverpool by Mr. Earnshaw, who brought him home to live at Wuthering Heights. At this new home, Heathcliff is viewed as a thing and therefore subject to being tormented and rejected even on the first evening. Mrs. Earnshaw was ready to fling it out of doors (Pg. 32, par. 3) and Nelly states that she had put it on the landing of the stairs, hoping it would be gone on the morrow (Pg. 33 par. 2). The presence of Heathcliff in the Wuthering Heights residence is quite disruptive to the family welfare. Upon his appearance, the family starts to fall apart.

Mr. Earnshaw takes a liking to Heathcliff and Catherine follows not long after. However, Hindley notices that Heathcliff has become the favourite and immediately decides that he dislikes him. Mr. Earnshaw forces Hindley to attend college before his death but this only serves to infuriate Hindley even more.

Upon Hindley's return, he makes life most miserable for Heathcliff. This is evident in Catherine's diary where she mentions that Hindley has called Heathcliff a vagabond and won't allow him to eat at the table with the rest of them. She also goes on to mention that Hindley "swears to reduce him to his rightful place". These are only some of the actions that create a deep hatred in Heathcliff and an undying desire for revenge.

Nelly happens to witness the look on Heathcliff's face when he catches the baby Hareton as he falls from...