Revenge Quotes In Wuthering Heights

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The Flaw of Revenge Revenge according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary is defined as the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands (1). In the novel “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte the character of Heathcliff is driven by seeking out revenge for anyone that ever betrayed or hurt him in anyway. Heathcliff can be considered a tragic hero who gradually becomes consumed by the tragic flaw of revenge. From the cold, poverty stricken streets of Liverpool, England, young Heathcliff is transported to a beautiful estate. This is when the story starts to unfold and the reader is finally able to understand what the narrator is saying. The reader is introduced to the Earnshaw family. Mr. Earnshaw who rescues Heathcliff from the destitute wasteland of homelessness, Hindley Earnshaw the satan like oldest son, and sweet young Catherine Earnshaw the youngest daughter. Each family member has an everlasting effect on Heathcliff and his development throughout the novel. Once Heathcliff is submerged into the Earnshaw family he is met with …show more content…
He becomes a cold shell of a person and his entire being becomes consumed by getting what he wants. All the good in his personality is drained and hardened. Heathcliff is a tragic hero that is flawed with revenge, he has many of the characteristics of a tragic hero as well. His ambition to rule both families, his temperament, his death without ceremony, and his unrequited love for Catherine. All these things combined lead to his ultimate downfall and death of Heathcliff.
The character of Heathcliff in the novel “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte goes through many hardships in his life to say the least, but do these hardships warrant his need for revenge. Absolutely not, no matter what happened during Heathcliff’s life it does not give him the right to act the way he does throughout the