Withering Heights Essay

671 words - 3 pages

Theme of Revenge
The novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte tells the story of a pair of star crossed lovers. The story follows the life of Heathcliff, a mysterious person, from childhood until his death. Heathcliff rises in his adopted family and then his status is reduced to a servant because of his adopted father's death. He then runs away from home when he knows the young woman he loves has decided to marry another. He later returns rich and educated, and sets his revenge on the two families he believed had ruined his life. Revenge is an important theme in Wuthering Heights. Bronte discusses revenge through the characters and their relationships, and through the love Relationship of Heathcliff, Catherine and Isabella. Bronte also shows that revenge is pointless and leads to death and ruin.
Heathcliff marries Isabella Linton in his revenge on both Cathy and Edgar for marrying. Catherine states, “I’d as soon put that ...view middle of the document...

He aspires to rob Heathcliff of everything and, like a devil figure, even wants his soul.
Heathcliff is starting to realize that taking reveng is not the way to come to close to Catherine. Heathcliff states, “ 'I'll tell you what I did yesterday! I got the sexton, who was digging Linton's grave, to remove the earth off her coffin-lid, and I opened it. I thought, once, I would have stayed there, when I saw her face again - it is hers yet-he had hard work to stir me; but he said it would change, if the air blew on it, and so I struck one side of the coffin loose, and covered it up: not Linton's side, damn him!”(Bronte 263).  Heathcliff now realizes that he cannot access Catherine's true presence by capturing people and objects associated with her. Ever since Catherine's death, he has obtained power over everything associated with her memory including Thruscross Grange and young Catherine.
Heathcliff then kills himself after his revenge is done with all both families. Mrs Dean states, “'I sought, and soon discovered, the three headstones on the slope next the moor: the middle one gray, and half buried in heath; Edgar Linton's only harmonized by the turf, and moss creeping up its foot; Heathcliff's still bare. I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumber for the sleepers in that quiet earth.'" (Bronte 308). He was the last to die, and when he did, all his madness collapsed with him. All that remains is an eternal peace. Heathcliff and Catherine are buried in the moors, where they played together as children. Now they can walk the earth as ghosts for eternity. 
In conclusion, the novel Wuthering Heights major focused is on the theme of revenge which is taken in different ways through different relationships. In the end the character realizes that revenge that he is planning is useless and pointless and ends its revenge and life too.

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