Hindley’s Character Portrayal Essay

Lexically, the extract begins with a whole presentation of evil by Hindley, “He entered, vociferating oaths dreadful to hear and caught me in the act of stowing his son away in the kitchen cupboard”. The personal determiner “he” at the start of the extract emphasises Hindley’s character since it is the first word of the extract, it shows the dramatic tension of the narrator and how Hindley is perceived, The narrator could have used the name “Hindley”, but what Bronte tried to do was create and impression of solidity and pure evil reflecting from Hindley.

Vociferating” again shows pure evil and isn’t a pleasant word, the connotations show violence, gore and terror. Bronte again emphasises Hindley’s introduction with this word to give more impact. “… a wholesome terror”. This part of the quote shows how Hindley’s evil came along and empathises the size factor of his terror,, “wholesome” suggests that something is large, so the terror would in fact been received in a large amount which again put impact on his introduction and how the size of the terror matches the size of his presence.

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Hindley then goes on to abuse Nelly, who tries to calm him, Hindley threatens Nelly with extremity. ” … open your mouth. He held the knife in his hand, and pushed its point between my teeth… “. Again the vulgarity in Hindley is displayed as he threatens his own house made, this shows how out of control he is and how the death of his wife has affected his lifestyle. The demonstrative determiner “He” implies the demanding psychological physique of Hindley and how Nelly is obedient to it.

The second determiner “the knife” implies how it is a specific knife, she could have referred to it as “a knife”, but to show the specificity and the singularity, she places “the” before “knife”. The plosives in the quote “pushed its point between my teeth… ” show the ruthlessness of Hindley , it also impacts on sound and empathises the moving motion of the knife is it proceeded between Nelly’s teeth. The choices of words which Nelly uses to describe Hindley are un-earthly. “By Heaven and Hell…. with the help of Satan.. “.

These words show a biblical references, “Hell” and “Satan” , they shows signs of pure evil and rage, comparing this to Hindley, it would match his introduction in the extract since he entered with rage, “Satan” is another reference to the devil, and the connotations of devil are not positive. Biblical the devil would create terror, and Hindley in fact is acting in the same way a devil would. Hindley moves on in the extract to confront his own child. “I’ll break the brat’s neck”. He refers to his son Hareton and threatens to injure him, Again the horrific speech by Hindley disgusts the reader, especially when he is referring to his own child.

A normal being wouldn’t go around threatening their own child, but Hindley is classed as insane to speak such crude words. “the brat” is a slang term used by Hindley, it Is inappropriate to refer to a child as a “brat”, more emphasis cannot be placed on how evil Hindley is. Nelly moves on to narrate about Hindley. “You’re worse than a heathen”. This simile Nelly uses to describe Hindley is to show how irreligious Hindley is and how he has no ethics fit to be a man. It emphasises Hindley as something different from this world and incivility of Hindley.

Phonologically, Nelly uses the following quote as sympathetic narration towards Hareton. ” … chance of being squeezed and kissed to death and in other of being flung into the fire”. The fricatives “flung into fire” show the extremity in Hindley’s care, the thought of how Hindley would have handled Hareton showing harsh feelings. The sound creates an impact on the reader and feels that sense of motion of being “flung”. Syntactically, When Hindley calls for Hareton, he is shocked by his response when Hareton refuses. “there’s a joy; kiss me; what?!

It won’t? ” the structure of this sentence shows the shock of Hindley and how he perceives the response of Hareton. It is broken down which emphasises Hindley shock and also how the words cannot proceed from Hindley mouth, he stutters from the shock. Others around him such as Nelly are not surprised of Hareton’s refusal. Hindley also refers to Hareton as “It”. Bronte could have used this to show the way Hareton was brought up, he wasn’t brought up humanely, so being referred to as “it” shouldn’t come as a surprise to the reader.

Nelly then expresses extremity with exclamatory. “He hates you – they all hate you – that’s the truth! “. The way the sentence is broke shows how Nelly processed her speech, to make it clear, she broke the sentence so that the reader would understand and pick up every word. The sentence starts with a Personal determiner, “HE”, then moves onto another Personal Determiner, “they” and then finally a Relative Determiner “that”. These all emphasise the affirmative voice of Nelly and her exclamatory.


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