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Taylor 1Jayne Taylor Ms.HillEnglish Nov.23
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Heathcliff an evil character As many young people endure reading Wuthering heights in grade 12 English,and study the themes, characters, and symbols. We also study one more major point. Thatis that, “Heathcliff is an evil character”, due to his up bring and the way other charactersinteract with him.Through Heathcliff’s up bring he has been treat awful:You have walked away from this…but your memories remain. Thatrelationships, as well as your childhood, created thousands of emotionalmemories. Emotional Memoriesare those that contain both the details of an experience
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the mood you experienced at that time. When we have a collectionof these Emotional Memories, it’s very common for them to surface during theday — often changing our mood suddenly.( http://counsellingresource.com/ask-the-psychologist/2008/04/02/dreams-after-bad-childhood/)The quote before explains the theory of what Heathcliff could have gone through after coming to live with the Earnshaws. Heathcliff as a young child was homeless. He thoughtno one loved him. He had just grown up with that in the back of his head, which meansthat he has no understanding when Mr. Earnshaw picked him up, that could of been histurning point.
 
Taylor 2Heathcliff’s involvement with the characters seems to be very mean. He seems tohave a difficult time interacted with the characters in the novel. His relationship with eachcharacter in the novel differs, from loving Cathy the1st and then hating Hindley.Heathcliff and Cathy the 1
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are in love. Heathcliff and her use to play in themoors together. Then one day Edgar came into Cathy life and Cathy fell head over heelsfor him. This made Heathcliff very mad and upset which made most of his hatred end upon Cathy. This whole scene in the novel is Heathcliff’s major revenge and really showsthe true Heathcliff. This happens due to the fact that Cathy started to down talk toHeathcliff when she came back from Edgar’s:It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I lovehim; and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am.Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and [Edgar's] is as differentas a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire. (http://www.sparknotes.com /lit/wuthering/quotes.html)Heathcliff and Hindley on the other hands is more relate to the fact that Hindleydid not like Heathcliff from when his father brought him home. He hated that Heathcliff and Cathy had such a good relationship. One day out in the fields when Cathy andHeathcliff were riding there horse, Hindley and Heathcliff got in a fight and Heathcliff states that he will get revenge on him! “For the most part of the novel Hindley strikes usas a mirror image of the younger Heathcliff. He is bad tempered, uncivilized andvicious.”( http://homepage.eircom.net/~splash/Hindley.html”)Another reason that Heathcliff is evil is due to all the revenge that he brings upwith each character.
 
Taylor 3Heathcliff never finds peace through his revenge. In fact, the only time he trulyfinds happiness is when he gives up his plan for retaliation. Austin O’Malley states“Revenge is like biting a dog that bit you” (O’malley 1). O’Malley’s quote reflectsHeathcliff’s immature need to propagate agony in those who have offended him.Heathcliff’s plan for revenge on Edgar and Catherine is to marry Isabella, who is ignorantof love and of men because she has never experienced either. He wants to hurt Edgar  because of his marriage to Catherine, and he wants to get revenge on Catherine bymaking her jealous. Catherine’s death proves that this flawed plan of repayment helpsnothing. Heathcliff, haunted by the ghost of Catherine because he is her “murderer,” stillis motivated by the need for revenge and tries to get young Cathy away from Edgar byhaving her marry his son, Linton. Heathcliff never finds peace until he gives up his planfor revenge just before he dies. When Heathcliff gives up his plan for revenge, he meetsCatherine in death and truly becomes happy once more.(http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=2643)Hindley is one of the main reason for all the revenge in this novel. Right from theget go Hindley did not like Heathcliff. One day when Heathcliff was playing in the fieldswith Cathy , Hindley pushed Heathcliff off the horse and this is where the whole revenge parts came in. But it took Heathcliff a long time before he did get his revenge. Meanwhile Hindley became the head off the household and Heatchcliff became a slave. Whichmade his revenge towards Hindley increase.

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