Isolation In Wuthering Heights

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The Gothic Novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë has many interesting characters and individual situations. There are many aspects of Wuthering Heights that bring a lot of attention to the novel, for example the extreme nature of Heathcliff and the anger and hate that surrounds him, to the humble messenger of his story Mrs.Ellen Dean. Brontë uses different devices to display the multiple themes throughout the novel that are specific with the characters. In the novel Wuthering heights the main character Heathcliff as well as the whole Earnshaw family has an injustice of existence and this leads to their individual isolation and affects all their relationships. This is presented through Brontë’s diction and characterization.

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For example in the text Hindley says in reference to Heathcliff that “He shall have his share of my hand, if i catch him down stairs again till dark…” (Brontë 50). One would think that Hindley is evil without a cause , but indeed he too has an injustice of existence because he did not choose to have Heathcliff brought brought into his life, “Hindley hated him” because “Heathcliff was a usurper of his father’s affections and privileges” and in return Hindley “ grew bitter with brooding over these injuries.” (Brontë 31). Brontë invents this relationship to show how the hatred towards others always has a cause and a reason. This theme and motif are passed on through the generations which is what Miriam Allott says in her essay "Wuthering Heights: The Rejection of Heathcliff." Hindley’s relationships are passed down to Hareton as to Heathcliff to his son Linton. All characters of the novel have some sort …show more content…
Heathcliff and Catherine fall in love because of their common fact of isolation and loneliness within. As a result of Hindley's treatment to Heathcliff affects how Heathcliff treats his son Hareton. Catherine has an internal conflict because she is in love with Heathcliff but also wants to be socially accepted. In John Hagans essay “Control of Sympathy in Wuthering Heights." Hagan states that “Catherine tries to make light of her jealousy and implies that if Heathcliff now went away she would return to a happiness with Edgar which she enjoyed before his return” (Hagan 145), this displays how Catherine wants to flaunt the fact that she is happy with who has chosen to marry when in reality she is not happy. Heathcliff wants power because all of his younger years he was always under someone else and he is an insecure man because of his abuse as a