- Revenge is a theme often used by writers for it's ability to spark a domino effect whereby one moment of conflict sparks many others, creating suspense and action within the narrative.
- In Wuthering Heights, as well as Frankentein, The Kite Runner and William Blake's A Poison Tree, revenge is supported by a steely determination to harm others.
- Link to Frankenstein: Revenge as a solution to being wronged.
- Link the The Kite Runner: A cycle of revenge.
- Link to The Poison Tree: Torment leading to revenge.
Paragraph 1: Heathcliff's motives
"Let me alone, and I'll plan it out: while I'm thinking of that, I don't feel pain."
- The imperative tone of the dynamic verb 'Let' connotes Heathcliff's desire for power even as a child, which is later seen in his revenge.
- The dynamic verb 'plan' suggests such a longing for revenge that Heathcliff is willing to spend time planning it, his motives are deep rooted and he is serious about revenging Hindley.
- The abstract noun 'pain' gives Heathcliff's inclination to inflict pain an emotional dimension, revealing his underlying motives; he revenges to distract himself from his inner emotional suffering, of which he is ashamed.
Link 1: Frankenstein
"Revenge, henceforth, dearer than light or food."
- Deep rooted revenge lies at the heart of Frankenstein's monster who is also aiming to revenge after being mistreated by humankind, something that he shares with Heathcliff.
- The concrete nouns 'light' and 'food', belonging to the lexical set of survival, imply that revenge is necessary for the monster to survive; the only way he can gain power is by hurting those who endanger him.
Paragraph 2: Doubling and Revenge
"when I look for his father in his face, I find her every day more!"
- Bronte makes use of the popular Gothic technique of doubling to reinforce the idea of strong family lineage and the importance of cycles of revenge. Heathcliff longs to punish Hareton and thus revenge Hindley, but he sees only Catherine, which torments him.