Heatcliffe Vs. Hamlet Essay

1005 words - 4 pages

Most religions in the world believe that there is some higher power that exists in this world and in the afterlife to do justice where it needs to be done. If someone were to commit a crime in this life, the higher power would deal the person accordingly in their lifetime. If not, justice would take place in their afterlife. The play Hamlet by Shakespeare and the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, were written when religious values and ethics were thoroughly practiced. Both Hamlet and Wuthering Heights exhibit the supernatural form of justice taking place talked about in the religious practices. Characters that are guilty of immoral actions are punished accordingly in their life and beyond the grave. Instances in both books, like Claudius and Polonius' evil intentions in Hamlet, and Edgar and Catherine's rejection of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights show that justice takes place in this lifetime. Other instances like King Hamlet's ghost appearance in Hamlet, and Heathcliff and Catherine's passionate love for each other in Wuthering Heights shows that a higher form of justice still prevails, even beyond the grave. Although the two novels portray higher form of justice taking place, Hamlet is a better representation of it then Wuthering Heights.Evidence is given in both books about justice taking place in this lifetime without the use of any special courts or authorities, but it is better represented in Hamlet. Claudius and Polonius are shown as the two individuals against Hamlet with their evil intentions. Polonius who gets in Hamlet's way and nags him from achieving justice for his father dies on accident. However Polonius' "accidental" death comes around time after he has several evil intentions to eavesdrop between Hamlet's and Ophelia's conversation and continously proceeds put plans in place to slow Hamlet from achieving his objective. Whereas in Wuthering Heights Catherine and Edgar stand against Heathcliff at several moments. Edgar insults Heathcliff at the Christmas dinner, to which Heathcliff instinctly throws a plate of hot food at his face. However Heathcliff is punished for this incident by the older Earnshaw. Although Heathcliff is not shown as church going, he obtains courage from a higher source and retracts his revenge on both boys later in his life. Similarly with Catherine who laughed at Heathcliff for being dirty and rejected him for marriage told Nelly that he wasn't good enough. This forces, Heathcliff to run away, but when he returns, Heathcliff was more desirable. Some could say that his "luck changed" and that a higher power helped him achieve his goal of taking revenge on Catherine and the two boys. However in Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff's revenge is not as much justice as it is revenge. Claudius is the evil uncle, in Hamlet who is now King of Denmark after usurping King Hamlet's throne, by murdering his brother. However Claudius is not threatened by law, or the courts, since he is now King and above all authorities...

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