History Literature / WutheringHeights

11th Jun '17 5:12:17 AM Anddrix
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* GenreSavvy: Heathcliff, which gives him an advantage over the otherwise completely GenreBlind cast, save Nelly Dean.
12th Dec '16 2:01:22 PM TastySauce
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* ItIsDehumanizing: Heathcliff (2009) refers to Linton as "it" and his "property".

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Heathcliff (2009) refers to little Linton as "it" and his "property"."property" when they first meet.


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* RaceLift: Heathcliff is described as swarthy like a gypsy on many occasions in the book, but he's definitely not a black African. The 2011 film made him one, though.


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* TeenPregnancy: Catherine Earnshaw and Isabella Linton both have children in their late teens, though it was not uncommon at the time.
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** The same goes for Catherine (I) as well, though more contempt and less pity in this case.

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** The same goes for Catherine (I) as well, (I), though more contempt and less pity in this her case.



* TangledFamilyTree: Save for Hindley, who married FlatCharacter Frances, no one in this book never marries or has relationship outside of the already existing characters, leading to KissingCousins, NotBloodSiblings and weirdness alike.

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* TangledFamilyTree: Save for Hindley, who married FlatCharacter Frances, no one nobody in this book never ever marries or has a relationship with someone outside of the already existing characters, leading to KissingCousins, NotBloodSiblings NotBloodSiblings, and weirdness alike.abound.
12th Dec '16 6:58:08 AM TastySauce
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* TheRival: Heathcliff and Hindley, as well as Heathcliff and Edgar Linton. Linton Heathcliff and Hareton have some shades of this as well.
* SayMyName: Heathcliff calls Catherine's name when he begs her ghost to appear to him when he was told by Mr Lockwood that she haunted him.
-->'''Heathcliff''': Come in! come in! Cathy, do come. Oh, do -- once more! Oh! my heart's darling! hear me this time, Catherine, at last!

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* TheRival: Heathcliff and Hindley, as well as Heathcliff and Edgar Linton.Edgar. Linton Heathcliff and Hareton have some shades of this as well.
* SayMyName: Heathcliff calls Catherine's name when he begs her ghost to appear to him when he was after being told by Mr Lockwood that she haunted him.
-->'''Heathcliff''': Come "Come in! come in! Cathy, do come. Oh, do -- once more! Oh! my heart's darling! hear me this time, Catherine, at last!last!"



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Hindley and his aristocratic compatriots treat young Heathcliff like scum and a monster. Guess what he grows up to become?
* SelfMadeMan: Heathcliff. And we never find out how.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend She Is Not My Wife]]: At the beginning Mr. Lockwood mistakes Mrs. Catherine Heathcliff for his wife. Heathcliff is quite amused and explains she's actually his [[ObnoxiousInLaws daughter-in-law]].
** Then, thinking Hareton is Heathcliff's son, he wrongly assumes that Cathy must be his wife. Hareton [[CrushBlush blushes]] and [[AllLoveIsUnrequited he's not amused at all.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Heathcliff for Cathy (II) and his son Linton[[note]]Hey, we always knew {{shipping}} was evil![[/note]]. [[spoiler:He succeeds through {{Blackmail}}]]. Nelly also eventually reveals she gave Mr. Lockwood such a meticulously thorough account of Cathy's history partially in hopes that he would affect a RescueRomance ending for them. [[spoiler: He declines, but it turns out Cathy didn't need him anyway.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Hindley and his aristocratic compatriots treat young Heathcliff like scum and a monster. Guess what he grows up to become?
* SelfMadeMan: Heathcliff. And Heathcliff, and we never find out how.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend She Is Not My Wife]]: SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: At the beginning Mr. Lockwood mistakes Mrs. Catherine Heathcliff Cathy (II) for his Heathcliff's young wife. Heathcliff is quite amused and explains she's actually his [[ObnoxiousInLaws daughter-in-law]].
** Then, thinking Hareton is Heathcliff's son, he wrongly assumes that Cathy must be his wife. Hareton [[CrushBlush blushes]] and [[AllLoveIsUnrequited he's is not amused at all.all amused.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Heathcliff for Cathy (II) and his son Linton[[note]]Hey, we always knew {{shipping}} was evil![[/note]].Linton. [[spoiler:He succeeds through {{Blackmail}}]]. Nelly also eventually reveals she gave Mr. Lockwood such a meticulously thorough account of Cathy's history partially in hopes that he would affect a RescueRomance ending for them. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He declines, but it turns out Cathy didn't need him anyway.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog
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** Catherine (I) physically slapped Edgar. He proposes soon after. May not be a true example as Catherine was in love with someone else.
* ShadowArchetype: Heathcliff for Edgar Linton

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** Catherine (I) physically slapped Edgar. He proposes soon after. May not be a true example example, as Catherine was in love with someone else.
* ShadowArchetype: Heathcliff for Edgar LintonLinton.



** [[spoiler: Isabella]] in the 1939 adaptation, she's still around when Mr. Lockwood comes to Thrushcross Grange.

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** [[spoiler: Isabella]] in the 1939 adaptation, she's adaptation. She's still around when Mr. Lockwood comes to Thrushcross Grange.



* SurroundedByIdiots: Poor Nelly was fully aware she was eventually the only sane person (possibly literally) left in Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

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* SurroundedByIdiots: Poor Nelly was fully aware she was eventually the only sane person (possibly literally) left in at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.



* VillainProtagonist: Heathcliff. At the end of the day, this is his story.

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* VillainProtagonist: Heathcliff. At the end of the day, this is his ''his'' story.



** From the 2009 version:
-->'''Heathcliff''': What are you two doing in here?!
-->'''Catherine(II)''': I wanted to feel close to what is left of my family. I'm the only person to blame, Hareton stayed with me at my insistence.
-->'''Heathcliff'''(speaking to Hareton): And who the ''devil'' gave you the leave to set one foot in HERE?! And WHO ordered you to obey her?
-->'''Catherine (II)''': You shouldn't grudge me one room when you have taken everything from me!
-->'''Heathcliff'''(practically hissing): You insolent slut! You never had anything.
-->'''Catherine (II)'''(glaring up at Heathcliff): If you strike me, Hareton will strike you!
-->'''Heathcliff''': And if Hareton doesn't turn you out of this room, I will strike him back to Hell!
-->(at this point, Hareton puts himself between Catherine (II) and Heathcliff)
-->'''Heathcliff'''(after glancing at Catherine's portrait): Take her, Hareton. Take her and leave me. All of you leave me now.



* WealthyEverAfter: After all the mess they've been through, [[spoiler: with Heathcliff's death Catherine (II) and Hareton inherit respectively Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights and are getting married and settling in the former, the wealthiest of the two]].

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* WealthyEverAfter: After all the mess they've been through, [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:with Heathcliff's death Catherine (II) and Hareton inherit respectively Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights and are getting Heights, get married and settling settle in the former, the wealthiest of the two]].



* WhosYourDaddy: Some readers have debated whether or not Catherine Linton [[spoiler:is in fact the biological child of Heathcliff and Catherine]], due to the close timing of his return to the Heights and her conception. However the book mentions the strong resemblance between Cathy II and Edgar, making this unlikely.
** The bigger question: Is Heathcliff the first Mr. Earnshaw's son?

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* WhosYourDaddy: Some readers have debated whether or not Catherine Linton [[spoiler:is in fact the biological child of Heathcliff and Catherine]], due to the close timing of his return to the Heights and her conception. However However, the book mentions the strong resemblance between Cathy II and Edgar, making this unlikely.
** The bigger question: Is Heathcliff the first old Mr. Earnshaw's son?
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* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Averts this trope, which was so unusual at the time that an introduction written by Charlotte Brontë specifically praises Emily Brontë for not giving in to the common convention.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Hareton
* NightmareSequence: Mr. Lockwood's dreams while sleeping in Cathy's bed.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
** Heathcliff dishes one out to Hindley in the 2009 adaptation, when the latter states that Heathcliff's love for Cathy is pretend, slamming him against the floor and throttling him.
--> Heathcliff: DON'T SAY HER NAME!
** Catherine (II) dishes one out to Linton in the 2009 adaptation when he reveals Heathcliff's plan to have them married.
--> Catherine: You ''THINK'' I would ever love you before my father?!
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Heathcliff and Edgar are brothers in law and despise each other. Catherine(II) is Heathcliff's daughter in law and they despise each other. Wow.

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* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Averts this trope, which was so unusual at the time that an introduction written by Charlotte Brontë specifically praises Emily Brontë for not giving in to the common convention.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Hareton
Hareton, or rather no one bothered to teach him.
* NightmareSequence: Mr. Lockwood's dreams while sleeping in Cathy's bed.
bed at the Heights.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Heathcliff beats Hindley to a pulp after the latter threatens to shoot him shortly after [[spoiler:Catherine's]] death.
** Heathcliff dishes another one out to Hindley in the 2009 adaptation, when the latter states that Heathcliff's love for Cathy is pretend, slamming him against the floor and throttling him.
--> Heathcliff: DON'T '''Heathcliff:''' "DON'T SAY HER NAME!
NAME!"
** Catherine (II) also dishes one out to Linton in the 2009 adaptation when he reveals Heathcliff's plan to have them married.
--> Catherine: You ''THINK'' I would ever love you before my father?!
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Heathcliff and Edgar are brothers in law and despise each other. Catherine(II) Catherine (II) is Heathcliff's daughter in law and they despise each other. Wow.other.



* OopNorth: The setting. Most strongly represented by Joseph, a gloomy and sour stereotype with an impenetrable Yorkshire accent that no one else shares. This is mainly due to the accent only being used by the lower classes, since the Lintons are gentry and the Earnshaws of sufficient means to be employing servants. Mr Lockwood notes how Nelly, the other major servant, barely sounds lower class, and she notes that she's "read more than you would fancy, Mr. Lockwood," including every book in the Linton library that isn't in Greek, Latin, or French. Given the mutual hatred between Nelly and Joseph, it wouldn't be surprising if she intentionally tried not to sound like him.

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* OopNorth: The setting. Most strongly represented by Joseph, a gloomy and sour stereotype with an impenetrable Yorkshire accent that no one else shares. This is mainly due to the accent only being used by the lower classes, since the Lintons are gentry and the Earnshaws an old family of sufficient means to be employing servants. Mr Lockwood notes how Nelly, the other major servant, servant character, barely sounds lower class, and she notes that she's "read more than you would fancy, Mr. Lockwood," including every book in the Linton library that isn't in Greek, Latin, or French. Given the mutual hatred between Nelly and Joseph, it wouldn't be surprising if she intentionally tried not to sound like him.



** Cathy grows up without a mother after Catherine's death.

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** Edgar and Isabella lose both their parents one after the other as teenagers.
** Cathy grows up spends her whole life without a mother after Catherine's death.



** Hareton is orphaned at a very young age.

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** Hareton is orphaned at a very young age.age, and even when his father still lived was neglected.



** A grudging Heathcliff somewhat admits that he likes Hareton more than his own son.

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** A grudging Heathcliff somewhat grudgingly admits that he likes Hareton more than his own son.



* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler: After Heathcliff's rivals have all died and he's ruined his and their children's lives, he finds he has no satisfaction. What's more, when Catherine (II) and Hareton begin to break free from his restraint and fall in love with each other, he goes into a VillainousBreakdown.]]

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* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Heathcliff's rivals have all died and he's ruined his and their children's lives, he finds he has no satisfaction. What's more, when Catherine (II) and Hareton begin to break free from his restraint and fall in love with each other, he goes into a VillainousBreakdown.]]
12th Dec '16 6:26:58 AM TastySauce
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* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler: Heathcliff]], much to Nelly's horror.

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* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler: Heathcliff]], [[spoiler:Heathcliff]], much to Nelly's horror.



* LetThemDieHappy: Catherine (II) lies to her father Edgar upon his deathbed to assure him that she is happy with marrying Heathcliff's son Linton and he will protect her.

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* LetThemDieHappy: Catherine (II) lies to her father Edgar upon his deathbed deathbed, to assure him that she is happy with marrying Heathcliff's son Linton and he will protect her.



* LoveDodecahedron: Hindley Earnshaw's sister Catherine is in love with Heathcliff but marries Edgar Linton, whose sister Isabella marries Heathcliff, whose son Linton marries Catherne's daughter Cathy, who later falls in love with Hindley's son Hareton...
* LoveMakesYouEvil: More precisely, [[LoveMakesYouCrazy rejection makes you crazy]]. While Heathcliff was not an angel, he was not, to begin with, as bad as he became after Catherine decided to marry Edgar Linton.
** Though Heathcliff being bullied and abused in childhood may have slowly eroded his empathy and sanity. Thinking Catherine (the only one throughout his entire life who ever really loved him) hates him may have been the final straw. Or maybe when Catherine dies.
* LoveRedeems: Averted with Heathcliff, but played straight with [[spoiler: Hareton]].
* MagicalRealism: Implied. Heathcliff is sometimes compared to a [[TheLegionsOfHell demon]], and there are some... ''odd'' coincidences involving ghosts and the weather. Nelly even finds herself thinking Heathcliff may be a demon, but quickly reminds herself he is human with feelings like everyone.

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* LoveDodecahedron: Hindley Earnshaw's sister Catherine is in love with Heathcliff but marries Edgar Linton, whose sister Isabella marries Heathcliff, whose son Linton marries Catherne's Catherine's daughter Cathy, who later falls in love with Hindley's son Hareton...
* LoveMakesYouEvil: More precisely, [[LoveMakesYouCrazy rejection makes you crazy]]. While Heathcliff was not never an angel, he was not, to begin with, as bad as he became after Catherine decided to marry Edgar Linton.
** Though Heathcliff being bullied and abused in childhood may have slowly eroded his empathy and sanity. Thinking Catherine (the only one throughout in his entire life who ever really loved him) hates him may have been the final straw. Or maybe when Catherine dies.
straw.
* LoveRedeems: Averted with Heathcliff, but played straight with [[spoiler: Hareton]].
[[spoiler:Hareton]].
* MagicalRealism: Implied. Heathcliff is sometimes compared to a [[TheLegionsOfHell demon]], and there are some... ''odd'' ''Odd'' coincidences involving ghosts and the weather. Nelly even finds herself thinking Heathcliff may be a demon, but quickly reminds herself he is human with feelings like everyone.everyone else.



* MosesInTheBulrushes: Heathcliff is discovered by the Earnshaws as a homeless youth and comforted as a child by Nelly telling him he is a lost prince. In hindsight, this might not have been such a good idea.

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* MosesInTheBulrushes: Heathcliff is discovered by the Earnshaws old Mr. Earnshaw as a homeless youth and comforted as a child by Nelly telling him he is a lost prince. In hindsight, this might not have been such a good idea.
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* IllGirl: Linton Heathcliff is a male version. Catherine and Frances arnshaw also go through periods of long illness during the course of the book.

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* IllGirl: Linton Heathcliff is a male version. Catherine and Frances arnshaw Earnshaw also go through periods of long illness during the course of the book.



* KickTheDog: Or rather, hang the dog. Heathcliff does this to Isabella's dog out of sheer spite.

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* KickTheDog: Or rather, hang the dog. Heathcliff does this to Isabella's dog out of sheer spite.spite, though Nelly is able to rescue it.



** Cathy and Heathcliff are at the very least adopted siblings, and implied to be half siblings.



* LetMeTellYouAStory: Lockwood is told Heathcliff's story by Nelly.

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* LetMeTellYouAStory: Lockwood is told Heathcliff's story by Nelly.Nelly to pass the time when he's sick.



* TheLostLenore: Cathy Earnshaw dies. Heathcliff... fails to get over this.

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* TheLostLenore: Cathy Earnshaw dies.Earnshaw/Linton dies young. Heathcliff... fails Fails to get over this.
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* HolierThanThou: Joseph

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* HolierThanThou: JosephJoseph, who in Nelly's opinion only stays at Wuthering Heights so he can act sanctimonious in contrast to its inhabitants.



* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: Linton Heathcliff

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* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: IllGirl: Linton HeathcliffHeathcliff is a male version. Catherine and Frances arnshaw also go through periods of long illness during the course of the book.



* KickTheDog: Or rather hang the dog. Heathcliff does this to Isabella's dog out of sheer spite.

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* KickTheDog: Or rather rather, hang the dog. Heathcliff does this to Isabella's dog out of sheer spite.
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* ChildByRape: Though he is [[MaritalRapeLicense conceived within wedlock]], due to Heathcliff's relationship with Isabella, Linton was most likely one of these.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Heathcliff. What exactly kills him remains a mystery, though]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Heathcliff. [[spoiler:Heathcliff]]. What exactly kills him remains a mystery, though]].though.



* {{Elopement}}: Isabella and Heathcliff run away together to be married.

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* {{Elopement}}: Isabella and Heathcliff run away together to be married.married, since Edgar would never have given his consent.



* ExactEavesdropping: Subverted. Heathcliff does overhear a very important exchange between Catherine and Nelly Dean, but leaves in a rage after only part of the conversation, and misses the more crucial piece of information. This leads to his mysterious disappearance and pretty much drives the entire plot from there out.
* ExternalRetcon: There's a sequel to this called simply ''H'', which relates a letter that Heathcliff sent to Catherine; it arrived on her wedding day, but [[RonTheDeathEater that cruel, meddling Nelly Dean]] keeps it from its intended recipient. In the end, it relates Heathcliff's true heritage (brace yourself!): [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather He's the son]] of [[Literature/JaneEyre Edward Rochester and his first wife Bertha!]] Never mind that no estimation of when ''Literature/JaneEyre'' occurs would allow for Rochester and Bertha to have been married in or before 1764, Heathcliff's estimated birth year. Very likely they weren't even born yet themselves.]]
** [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,311219,00.html Entertainment Weekly sure didn't think much of it.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: Played with. Heathcliff's nature is largely blamed on Hindley's bullying, Edgar's class prejudice, and Catherine's seeming rejection of him. However looking back to Nelly's earliest accounts of him, there isn't anything the reader can point to and say he UsedToBeASweetKid. It was "hardness, not gentleness" that made him keep silent. And in one of the first recorded conversations between Heathcliff and Hindley, it is Heathcliff bullying Hindley by reminding him which of them is Mr. Earnshaw's favorite. Certainly while Heathcliff might not have turned evil with better treatment, he came into the family less than ideal.

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* ExactEavesdropping: Subverted. Heathcliff does overhear a very important exchange between Catherine and Nelly Dean, Nelly, but leaves in a rage after only part of the conversation, and misses the more crucial piece of information. This leads to his mysterious disappearance and pretty much drives the entire plot from there on out.
* ExternalRetcon: There's a sequel to this called simply ''H'', which relates a letter that Heathcliff sent to Catherine; it arrived on her wedding day, but [[RonTheDeathEater that cruel, meddling Nelly Dean]] keeps it from its intended recipient. In the end, it relates Heathcliff's true heritage (brace yourself!): [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather He's the son]] of [[Literature/JaneEyre Edward Rochester and his first wife Bertha!]] Never mind that no estimation of when ''Literature/JaneEyre'' ''Jane Eyre'' occurs would allow for Rochester and Bertha to have been married in or before 1764, Heathcliff's estimated birth year. Very likely they weren't even born yet themselves.]]
** [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,311219,00.html Entertainment Weekly sure didn't think much of it.
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* FaceHeelTurn: Played with. Heathcliff's nature is largely blamed on Hindley's bullying, Edgar's class prejudice, and Catherine's seeming rejection of him. However However, looking back to Nelly's earliest accounts of him, there isn't anything the reader can point to and say he UsedToBeASweetKid. It was "hardness, not gentleness" that made him keep silent. And in one of the first recorded conversations between Heathcliff and Hindley, it is Heathcliff bullying Hindley by reminding him which of them is Mr. Earnshaw's favorite. Certainly while Heathcliff might not have turned evil with better treatment, he came into the family less than ideal.



* GenerationXerox: Heathcliff {{lampshades}} this about Catherine's daughter Cathy, his and Isabella's son Linton, and Hindley's son Hareton.
* GenreDeconstruction: of the "poor guy runs away, becomes rich and comes back for revenge" romance genre.

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* GenerationXerox: Heathcliff {{lampshades}} this about Catherine's daughter Cathy, his and Isabella's son Linton, and Hindley's son son, Hareton.
* GenreDeconstruction: of Of the "poor guy runs away, becomes rich and comes back for revenge" romance genre.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Heathcliff fought all his life to get even with the cruel, rich Hindley, By the end of it, Heathcliff is now the cruel rich guy oppressing Hindley's son Hareton.
* HeroicBSOD: Heathcliff has a very energetic form of this when he learns that [[spoiler: Catherine has died in childbirth.]] Specifically, he takes his anger out on a nearby tree. By smashing his forehead into it repeatedly.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Heathcliff fought all his life to get even with the cruel, rich Hindley, Hindley. By the end of it, Heathcliff is now the cruel rich guy oppressing Hindley's son son, Hareton.
* HeroicBSOD: Heathcliff has a very energetic form of this when he learns that [[spoiler: Catherine [[spoiler:Catherine has died in childbirth.]] Specifically, he takes his anger out on a nearby tree. By smashing his forehead into it repeatedly.



** The 1970 film opens with Catherine (I)'s funeral, as Heatchliff watches from afar.

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** The 1970 film opens with Catherine (I)'s funeral, as Heatchliff Heathcliff watches from afar.
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