Check out this video to find out why Wuthering Heights should never be considered #relationshipgoals.
|19th-Century Literature||19th-Century British Literature|
|Author||Brontë - Emily Brontë|
|British Literature||19th-Century British Literature|
Foreignness and 'The Other'
Society and Class
a model for gracious losers. He makes life difficult for pretty much everybody
he encounters. He ruins Hindley <<HINNED-lee>>. . .
. . . humiliates Isabella . . . . . . abuses Hareton <<HARE-tuhn>> . . .
and even torments the love of his life. Nice guy, huh?
So what exactly was behind all that need for vengeance?
Well, Heathcliff's "adopted" brother Hindley sure got the ball rolling.
He hated poor, orphaned Heathcliff from day one . . .
. . . and wasn't shy about showing it. Is it any wonder Heathcliff couldn't wait
to issue a little payback . . . . . . especially when his plan included that
extra bonus of inheriting Wuthering Heights? But Hindley certainly wasn't the only one
pushing Heathcliff's buttons. Edgar had stolen his girl . . .
. . . so marrying Edgar's sister must have sounded like pretty sweet revenge . . .
. . . even if Heathcliff couldn't stand the poor woman.
Then, of course, there was the love of his life -- Catherine.
After her betrayal, there was no way he was letting her off the hook.
Soul mate or not, she had married a bore like Edgar . . .
. . . and Heathcliff never stopped reminding her that she had ruined both their lives doing
so. So, who really was behind the brunt of all
that anger? Maybe he just wanted to make everyone who
had ever hurt him suffer . . . . . . maybe he was just trying to get his
hands on Wuthering Heights . . . . . . or maybe he was just a miserable human
being who liked making everyone else miserable, too.
You know, the kind of guy who isn't happy unless everyone else is unhappy too.
What's your call? Shmoop amongst yourselves.