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Transcript of Wuthering Heights
July 30, 1818-December 19, 1848
The Destructive Nature of Love
On the moors
1764- May 1802
Adopted by Mr. Earnshaw as a boy
Vengeful and impulsive
In love with Catherine
Marries Isabella to get revenge
Father of Linton
1762- September 1801
Married to Catherine
Brother to Isabella
Spoiled and cowardly
Calm, and caring to his family
Catherine Earnshaw Linton
Summer 1765- March 20, 1784
Beautiful and arrogant
Sister of Hindley
Love interest of Heathcliff
Marries Edgar because of his position and breeding
Isabella Linton Heathcliff
Late 1765- June 1797
Summer 1757- September 1784
Older brother of Catherine & Heathcliff
Father to Hareton
His wife's death causes him to gamble and become a drunk
Maria Branwell Brontë
died late 1778
Meets and marries Hindley at college
Brought back to Wuthering Heights
Dies soon after giving birth to Hareton
Mother to Hindley & Catherine
Adopted mother of Heathcliff
Doesn't approve of Heathcliff's arrival
Dies shortly after
died October 1777
Owner of Wuthering Heights
Father to Hindley & Catherine
Adopted father to Heathcliff
Strict and harsh
No sense of humor
Owner of Thrushcross Grange
Father to Edgar and Isabella
Looks down of the Earnshaws
Kind and caring
Mother to Edgar and Isabella
Transforms Catherine into a young lady
Born June 1778
Only child of Frances and Hindley
Raised by Heathcliff
Rough exterior but kind heart
Loves and marries Catherine Linton
Born March 20, 1784
Only child of Catherine and Edgar
Beautiful & headstrong
Hated by Heathcliff
Forced to marry Linton
Later married Hareton
September 1784- October 1801
Son of Heathcliff and Isabella
Cousin & wife to Catherine Linton
Frail, needy, and frequently sick
Pen Names: Currer, Ellis, & Acton Bell
"Day by day, when I saw what a front she met in suffering, I looked on her with an anguish of wonder and love. Stronger than a man, simpler than a child, her nature stood alone."
-Charlotte Brontë of Emily
Young, naive and spoiled
Marries to Heathcliff
Grows to hate him
Mother of Linton
"Mr. Hindley came home to the funeral; and-- a thing that amazed us, and set the neighbors gossiping right and left-- he brought a wife with him. What she was, and where she was born, he never informed us: probably, she had neither money or name to recommend her, or he would scarcely have kept the union from his father."
"Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe—I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"
The moors serve as a symbol of threats posed by nature itself. The moors are wide, soggy expanses that are difficult to navigate and cultivate. Catherine and Heathcliff's relationship begins here and ultimately reflects the wild moor conditions.
Goes by "Nelly"
Housekeeper of Thrushcross Grange
Compassionate & motherly
Narrates parts of the story
Servant at Wuthering Heights
Strong Yorkshire accent
Plans to spend a year at Thrushcross Grange
"For himself, he grew desperate; his sorrow was of that kind that will not lament. He neither wept, nor prayed – he cursed and defied – execrated God and man, and gave himself up to reckless dissipation."
"It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Edgar's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire."
"Well, if I cannot keep Heathcliff for my friend—if Edgar will be mean and jealous, I'll try to break their hearts by breaking my own. That will be a prompt way of finishing all, when I am pushed to extremity!"
"I recovered from my first desire to be killed by him-I'd rather he'd kill himself! He has extinguished my love effectually, and so I'm at my ease."
"Because misery, and degradation and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will, did it. I have not broken your heart—you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine."
"He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive; and he said mine would be drunk: I said I should fall asleep in his; and he said he could not breathe in mine."
“I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself."
"Linton had slid from his seat on to the hearthstone, and lay writhing in the mere perverseness of an indulged plague of a child, determined to be as grievous and harassing as it can."
"Every object she saw, the moment she crossed the threshold, appeared to delight her; and every circumstance that took place about her … I thought she was half silly, from her behaviour that went on."
"Bud yah're a nowt, and it's no use talking—yah'll niver mend o'yer ill ways, but goa raight to t' divil, like yer mother afore ye!'"
("But you're a nobody, and it's no use talking--you'll never mend your evil ways, but go straight to the devil, like your mother before you!")
"Maybe if I told you a story, you'd change your mind about the dead coming back. Maybe you'd know, as I do, that there is a force that brings them back, if their hearts were wild enough in life."
"His honest, warm, and intelligent nature shook off rapidly the clouds of ignorance and degradation in which it had been bred; and Catherine's sincere commendations acted as a spur to his industry. His brightening mind brightened his features, and added spirit and nobility to their aspect."
The weather constantly changes throughout the novel just as the characters do. It represents how the characters are at the hands of forces they have no control over and the effects of surrounding problems or conditions.
In the novel, the nature of death is symbolized by ghosts. Characters, even after they die, influence the lives of the living.
In Emily Bronte's classic novel Wuthering Heights, our narrator, Mr. Lockwood is forced to take shelter in Thrushcross Grange because of a snow storm. Ellen "Nelly" Dean, the housekeeper, accompanies him and is pleased to tell her tale of two families: the Earnshaws and the Lintons. Mr. Earnshaw takes a trip to Liverpool and returns to Wuthering Heights with an orphan child, our antagonist, Heathcliff. Catherine and Heathcliff quickly become inseperable, but the Lintons soon change this. Edgar and Isabella Linton accept Catherine, yet shun Heathcliff. Catherine's attention is split between Edgar and Heathcliff, but Heathcliff overhears her telling Nelly that she could never marry him. This ultimately sends Heathcliff on a unforgivable journey seeking revenge. Heathcliff disapears for three years, missing the marriage of Catherine and Edgar. Upon his return, he marries Isabella for revenge.
"They won't do that," he replied,"if they did, you must have me removed secretly; and if you neglect it you shall prove, practically, that the dead are not annihilated!"
"Catherine's face was just like the landscape-shadows and sunshine flitting over it in rapid succession; but the shadows rested longer, and the sunshine was more transient."
"My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath; a source of little visible light, but necessary."
"Wuthering heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff's dwelling. 'Wuthering' being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather."
died May 1773
died August 1780
died August 1780