Essay about Revenge, By The Count Of Monte Cristo, Wuthering Heights

729 Words Aug 24th, 2016 3 Pages
Throughout history, revenge has stood out as an instinctual action that persuades a corrupt mind, often leading to a person committing criminal acts. Commonly seen in literature, revenge has driven an abundance of stories such as Hamlet, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Wuthering Heights. In the case of Wuthering Heights, there are a myriad of major themes, but revenge seems to be preeminent in leading the characters to their fates. Bronte shows us through the character, Heathcliff, that the ending self-injury of revenge may be worse than the original cause. For instance, Heathcliff never finds happiness through his revenge. The only time he finally seems at peace is when he stops his plans and comes to terms with what has happened around him. Heathcliff’s, “justifications,” in fact show how immature his actions to disperse agony to those he hates truly are. The roots of his bitter quest spring from his childhood tormented love, and the ill-treatment he received from Hindley and the Lintons. Instead of letting this fade away as he ages, he harbors the grudge deep inside his heart. He could’ve come back to settle the score by showing that he was well-versed, and showed how he impressively orchestrated his life up to that point with his wealth and intelligence. He could 've been happy Catherine was alive, well, and living life peacefully, proving his real love for her. What he decides to do is take the phrase, “eye for an eye,” a little overboard. He attempts to degrade the…

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