Something About Heathcliff

PosterĄG Hedy Tsai at 20:33:9 4/29/98 from

Something about Heathcliff
When Old Earnshaw took Heathcliff home, he was hated and unwelcome by Hindley. And we can find Heathcliff was a well-calculated boy in his childhood. When Hindley bullied him, he didn't cry or ask foe help from Old Earnshaw. He had "his own" plan in his mind. For example, when Heathcliff was hurt by Hindley, he threatened and said, " You must exchange horses with me, I don't like mine, and if you won't I shall tell your father of the three thrashing you've given me this week." (p.33) Like other children at that age, he also made a complaint to adults. But his motif was not simple; he took advantages from this to make Hindley yield. When others treated him badly, he said nothing and asked for no help, but that doesn't mean he was easy to go with; which means that he always takes revenge most seriously than people had did to him.
Heathcliff and Catherine were intimate when they were young. One of the reasons why they liked each other is probably that they have something in common: being disliked by Hindley, having strong passions in their mind and hating Joseph's lecture. However, the word "love" is not very adequate to describe their feeling to each other. At the moment he heard the conversation between Catherine and Nelly and the time Catherine married Edgar, Heathcliff decided and planned to take revenge. He kept his love purified; loving only one woman in his whole life. Needless to say, Catherine is that "lucky" woman. Catherine is the only one he loves, cares about, so he could hurt other people around him as far as possible; Isabella, Hindley, and Edgar were victims. He bitterly hated Edgar because Edgar married Catherine; he attracted Isabella by being melancholic and lonely. (Because Isabella believed that Heathcliff was a Romantic hero.) From the letter of Isabella, we found that Heathcliff revealed himself just after the first day of their marriage. Heathcliff didn't even prepare a well- decorated room for them. Even Isabella was Mrs. Heathcliff; she still need to prepared meals for her and Joseph. Isabella started to realize that Heathcliff was a satanic hero instead of a Romantic hero. Besides, Heathcliff tried his best to make Isabella suffer; from the event Heathcliff's killing Isabella's pet dog, he wanted to put Isabella in fear, and he took revenge of Edgar by which. (p.127) "The first thing she saw me do, on coming out of the Grange, was to hang up her little dog, and when she pleaded for it the first words I utter were a wish that I had the hanging of every being belonging to her, except one: possible she took that exception for herself" Heathcliff showed the way he make Isabella painful--trying to kill all around her.
In Heathcliff's childhood, he had special affection to Catherine. It seems that they loved each other. But the word "love" is inadequate to define their feeling each other. There are also some conflicts between them. Heathcliff seldom showed his mind by speaking out; he always showed his hatred or love by revenge. When Nelly found Heathcliff had heard the conversation between Catherine and herself in the kitchen, Heathcliff said nothing but left. (Ere this speech ended, I became sensible of Heathcliff's presence. Having noticed a slight moment, I turned my head, and saw him rise from the bench, and steal out noiselessly. He had listened Catherine said it would degrade her to marry him, and then he started to hear no father. P.69) It seems that Heathcliff was not angry but in fact he tried to be qualified to match Catherine after leaving the house.
When Heathcliff came back, Catherine had become "Mrs. Linton". But Heathcliff didn't care, and he still went to "visit" the Lintons, especially Mrs. Linton. Catherine still loved Heathcliff and showed her passion without any disguise. She said," I shall not believe that I have seen, touched, and spoken to you once more-and yet, cruel Heathcliff! You don't deserve this welcome. To be absent and silent for three years, and never to think of me!" But Heathcliff replied, "A little more than you have thought of me."(p.82) From the dialog, it looks like that Heathcliff just loved Catherine, but the following warning is the first revealing of his revenge: your welcome has put these ideas out of my mind, but beware of meeting me with another aspect next time!"
Heathcliff started his revenge, which caused the tangled affair of the next generation. He is only thinking that he suffered the pain of losing Catherine without caring others' feeling. He is very self-centered and he is real satanic because he makes himself happy by putting others in pains.


  • Re: Something About Heathcliff -- Kate Liu 12:39:35 5/12/98

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