Theme Of Ambition In Wuthering Heights

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Ambition is a central theme in the novels Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (1818), Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847) and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925). In each novel, there are characters that demonstrate ambition and this ambition generates certain consequences. The characters Victor Frankenstein, Heathcliff, Catherine Linton and Jay Gatsby are discussed with regard to ambition and the consequences of such ambition. Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) is a highly ambitious man. He believes that he has the knowledge to create life and ultimately succeeds in doing so. He has a desire to go beyond human ability and transcend into Godliness. “I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation;…show more content…
Heathcliff’s ambition stems from his desire to get revenge on the people that have mistreated him, Hindley Earnshaw and Edgar Linton, and to be reunited with his love, Catherine. “[...] they forgot everything the minute they were together again: at least the minute they had contrived some naughty pan of revenge” (Bronte, 1847). This shows that Heathcliff was unwilling to accept abuse, even when he was a child and that Catherine has always been his love interest and co-conspirator. He plans to get revenge and love by reinventing himself and becoming rich. “I was amazed, more than ever, to behold the transformation of Heathcliff [...] a half-civilized ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire, but it was subdued; and his manner was even dignified: quite divested of roughness...” (Bronte, 1847). “Half-civilized ferocity” shows that Heathcliff has changed in some ways and has become somewhat civilized, but his attitude towards those that mistreated him has remained the same. Heathcliff’s ambition is shown in his going away to become rich and educated so that he may be able to take his revenge and win back

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