Hindley exacts revenge on Heathcliff for replacing him at Wuthering Heights by denying him an education, and in the process, severing him from Catherine. Heathcliff then revenges himself against Hindley by first taking control of Wuthering Heights and later denying Hareton, Hindley’s son, and education.
Heathcliff’s treatment of Catherine for her betrayal and marriage with Edgar is the finest example of revenge. He cut off his daughter from Edgar, and he was cruel to her after that. Hindley’s hatred of Heathcliff and Heathcliff’s abuse of Hindley’s son, Hareton, are other examples of revenge.
The motif of retribution is particularly prominent in Emily Brontë’s novel. Heathcliff, a homeless boy adopted by Mr. Earnshaw, is the main target of most revenge. Hindley becomes Hindley’s target as soon as Heathcliff takes up residence at Earnshaw’s home. Hindley is Mr. Earnshaw’s son and believes his father favors an orphan, Heathcliff, over him.
Hindley enslaves Heathcliff. Hindley’s business goes bankrupt, and he meets his demise, whereas Heathcliff inherited his estates. Hindley’s son Hareton is taken in by Heathcliff and treated exactly the same as Hindley had treated young Heathcliff. He uses him as a maid and refuses to educate him. As a result, Hareton grows up without learning to read.
Heathcliff’s retaliation against Catherine Earnshaw is the most essential action in the book. Heathcliff and Catherine grew up together in Mr. Earnshaw’s house.
They developed a degree of affection for one other as time went on. However, Catherine is self-centered and arrogant, torturing those who love her for pleasure. Hindley tortures him, even more, when he overhears Catherine saying it would “degrade” her to marry him at Wuthering Heights.
When Heathcliff returns, he finds out that Catherine has married Edgar Linton. Heathcliff believes that those who wronged him should be punished.
He wants to marry Elizabeth Linton, Edgar’s younger sister, as a means of retribution. Heathcliff thinks this will make Edgar jealous and pleased with his vengeance. However, while delivering her daughter, Cathy, Catherine dies shortly after childbirth and Heathcliff is unsatisfied with his vengeance. As a result, he continues with his schemes for revenge against the offspring of his targets.
Heathcliff next plans a wedding between Cathy and his son, Linton. This marriage is intended to keep Cathy away from her father, Edgar. Because Heathcliff lost his beloved wife as a result of Edward’s selfishness, he now wants him to suffer the same pain.
However, not only Edgar is harmed by this marriage. Cathy also does not seem to be having a good time living in Heathcliff’s home. She is subjected to maltreatment there, and she has even been assaulted on occasion.
In Chapter 27, one example of Heathcliff’s abuse towards Cathy is shown when he grabs her with his freed hand and delivers a barrage of severe slaps across both sides of the head with it. As a result, Heathcliff’s desire for revenge grew to the next generation.
Heathcliff’s motivation for wreaking havoc stems from his pleasure and gratification. As a result, as soon as revenge loses its appeal to him, he loses interest in injuring others. Heathcliff’s desire for vengeance dissipates in Chapter 33. “I no longer have the ability to appreciate their devastation; I’m just too lazy to kill for no reason.” The cycle of retribution comes to an end when Heathcliff is removed from the equation.