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Hindley Is Not The Central Character In Wuthering Heights

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Hindley is not the central character in Wuthering Heights. Hindley is in the novel to enrich the plot. Although if he hadn't been in the novel certain major points wouldn't of taken place. Clearly Catherine is the central character in this novel.Catherine and Hindley are first mentioned when their father goes to Liverpool. At this point in the novel neither one takes on a more important role. After their father returns, he brings with him a child who he later names Heathcliff. Catherine becomes very close to this new stranger and Hindley despises him.In chapter five Hindley becomes jealous because Mr. Earnshaw gives all his attention to Heathcliff and not to him. As a result of this Mr. Earnshaw distances himself towards Hindley and he is sent to college. Later Catherine's father dies. Catherine and Heathcliff comfort each other and the rest of the chapter is basically about the two of them since Hindley is out of the picture.In chapter six, Catherine and Hindley both take on important roles. Hindley brings home a wife and also brings a set of new manners. He informs Heathcliff that he is now his servant. Catherine and Heathcliff run off to the Linton's house. They make a noise and the Linton's unleash their dog at them. They then realized that it is Catherine Earnshaw but did not recognize who the other person was. They shut Heathcliff out. When Hindley realizes this he uses it to his advantage.When Hindley found out, he welcomed the chance to separate Cathy and Heathcliff, so Cathy was to stay for a prolonged visit with the Lintons and Heathcliff was forbidden to speak to her. (Hubbard 6) Heathcliff is furious that Catherine is not able to be with him and Hindley is glad that it was a form of punishment for Heathcliff's bad behaviour. In chapter seven, the characters of Catherine and Hindley separate from being central. Cathy returns to her house civilised and Hindley is out of the picture for a while. He is only there to make sure that Heathcliff behaves. Edgar and Heathcliff have a fight and Cathy is mad at Edgar for mocking Heathcliff. In chapter eight, Hindley's wife gives birth to a son but dies shortly after. Hindley is devastated.Hindley grew desperate; his sorrow was of a kind that will not lament, he neither wept nor prayed he cursed and defied execrated God and man, and gave himself up to reckless dissipation. (Hubbard 9) Hindley cannot believe that Frances is dead because she was his life. He goes into shock and can't cope with her death. He just gives up because he knows he cannot go on without her. In chapter nine, Catherine's character becomes more central than Hindley's. Hindley enters the chapter as an angry and foolish drunk. He finds Nelly hiding Hareton from him and Hindley tries to make her swallow a knife. He then takes Hareton and holds him over the banister. Hindley drops him and Heathcliff catches him. Hindley keeps on drinking. No one really pays any attention to him and he feels. He isolates...

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