To Love or To Hate? That Is the Emotion

      The film-literature combination I would most like to award an Oscar to for depicting the human emotion of hate so well would be Wuthering Heights. The book Wuthering Heights was written by Emily Brontė in 1847, and the film adaptation of Wuthering Heights was directed by William Wyler in 1939. The human emotion of hatred is depicted through two of the main characters, Hindley Earnshaw (Douglas Scott/Hugh Williams) and Heathcliff (Rex Downing/Laurence Olivier) develops at an early age due to the love Me. Earnshaw (Cecil Kellaway) shows Heathcliff. Heathcliff's hatred toward Hindley and the rest of the world grows, as he gets older and becomes a stable boy for Hindley.

      Hindley's hatred arises when Mr. Earnshaw, his father, comes back from Liverpool one day with a gypsy boy he has found in the street. The gypsy boy winds up being Heathcliff. Heathcliff is quickly loved by almost all, especially Hindley's sister, Catherine (Sarita Wooten/Merle Oberon). Heathcliff and Catherine becomes best friends from the very beginning, and that friendship grows into an indefinable love. Hindley's father also loves Heathcliff very much; and, before he knows it, Hindley has been pushed to the wayside. There is a boiling point in the movie when Hindley hits Heathcliff with a rock, claiming that Heathcliff would never grow up to own Wuthering Heights. When Mr. Earnshaw dies and Hindley take over the homestead, he treats Heathcliff as he, Hindley, has always wanted to. He makes Heathcliff his stable boy and personal slave. Heathcliff's hatred for Hindley grows each and every day. Eventually after being treated so poorly by Hindley and Catherine pretending to not love him anymore, Heathcliff runs away into the unknown, vowing to return and take over Thrushcross Grange, Wuthering Heights, and get his revenge.

      The hatred Heathcliff possesses as he grows older in the film Wuthering Heights is a very vengeful hatred. After having run away from Hindley's abuses and Thrushcross Grange as a whole, Heathcliff returns years later to find Hindley is in a constant drunken stupor, and Catherine is in love with the neighbor, Edgar Linton (David Niven). Heathcliff hates Hindley so much that he, Heathcliff, makes him pay his past debts to Heathcliff by giving him Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff is no longer the young gypsy or stable boy he once was to Hindley. When Heathcliff returns from the unknown, he seems to have a keen business sense about himself. He quickly stakes a claim on Wuthering Heights and consistently tortures Hindley by keeping him drunk and taking his belongings from him. After a while Hindley has nothing, not even his dignity, because he has become Heathcliff's servant.

      Since Heathcliff's sweetheart, Catherine, is living with and married to Edgar Linton, Heathcliff declares hatred for him and vows to take his homestead of Thrushcross Grange away from him, along with Catherine. To do this, Heathcliff cleverly marries Linton's sister Isabella (Geraldine Fitzgerald) to get closer to the property rights of the Grange. Then he goes after his big price, which is Catherine; but she is sick and dying. Catherine does want to see Heathcliff, and this causes Edgar Linton's hatred for Heathcliff to increase. Eventually, Catherine dies, and so does Heathcliff's heart. Heathcliff has got his revenge on everyone, but is so broken-hearted he wanders off into the moors one night and dies.

      The hatreds of Hindley and Heathcliff are very severe. I feel that Hindley has had a right to hate Heathcliff but not to treat him as he has done. Hindley's poor treatment of Heathcliff has only backfired on Hindley in the long run. Heathcliff, on the other hand, has had every right to hate Hindley but not Edgar Linton. It is Cathy he should have hated because she has fooled with his heart too long. In the end we realize that hatred leads to nothing but unhappiness, and love should prevail in all situations. Because the film Wuthering Heights graphically depicts such an array of emotions, I believe it deserves an Oscar.

Cullan Couleas

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