In detail what is the contrast between the Earnshaw & Linton families? The differences in personality traits of family members & in how they treat others.

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The Earnshaws, who live at Wuthering Heights, are a dysfunctional family. Mr. Earnshaw picks up Heathcliff, an orphan waif, on the streets of Liverpool and adopts him. Mr. Earnsahw ends up favoring Heathcliff over the older son, Hindley, which causes resentment. After Mr. Earnshaw dies, Hindley gets revenge by treating Heathcliff abusively. After Hindley's beloved wife dies, Hindley becomes a raving alcoholic who threatens people with violence when he is at the height of drunkenness, even down to his very young son. The household is, to put it mildly, violent and chaotic, and to add to the mix, the old servant Joseph makes Catherine and Heathcliff's lives even more miserable with his fire and brimstone evangelicalism. Not surprisingly, Catherine and Heathcliff, who bond together very closely, spend most of their time out on the moors.

The Lintons, in contrast, have an orderly, genteel household at Thrushcross Grange, and the parents are kind to their children. When Catherine and...

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