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Wuthering Heights Timeline

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Mauli Saini

on 21 March 2013

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Wuthering Heights Timeline By: Mauli Saini Welcome to the Family, Heathcliff In 1771, thirty years prior to Mr. Lockwood's arrival at Wuthering Heights, Mr. Earnshaw brings home an orphan and names him Heathcliff. Initially, Catherine and Hindley, Mr. Earnshaw's children, dislike Heathcliff, but Catherine soon grows to love him. The significance of this event is that it lays the foundation of the development of three of the main characters and foreshadows their respective futures. This event also demonstrates the beginning of Heathcliff's and Catherine's love for each other. Mr. Earnshaw's death, in 1777, brings about sorrow in the Earnshaw family. The significance of this event is that Mr. Earnshaw's failing health contrasts with the growing love between Catherine and Heathcliff. The extent of their love is seen when the console each other the night of Mr. Earnshaw's death. Hindley's Return Hindley returns from being sent away to college, in 1777, in time for his father's funeral, and brings a wife, Frances, along with him. Following the funeral, Hindley makes serious changes to Wuthering Heights, as the new master, by moving Nelly and Joseph to the back kitchen and treating Heathcliff as a servant. This event signifies the feuds and changes yet to come with Mr. Earnshaw's death and Hindley's return. Rest In Peace, Mr. Earnshaw Curiosity Kills the Cat In 1777, Heathcliff and Catherine go to Thrushcross Grange to mock Edgar and Isabella, the Linton children. Catherine and Heathcliff are discovered and run away, but Catherine is bitten on the ankle by the dog. Due to her injury, Catherine must stay at Thrushcross Grange for five weeks. This event shows Catherine and Heathcliff's rebelliousness and self-will, contrasting to the Linton children who are cowardly and spoiled. This event also alludes to the future connection between Catherine and Edgar, as she is drawn to the civility and luxury whereas Hethcliff is practically repulsed by it. Hareton's Delivery Hindley's Demise In the summer of 1778, Frances gives birth to Hareton Earnshaw, but dies shortly after. Devasted by his wife's death, Hindley falls victim to alcoholism and starts a disintegration from which he never recovers. Hindley's slow downfall foreshadows the uncanny precursor to Heathcliff's demise. Edgar and Catherine Engaged In 1780, Catherine confesses to Nelly that Edgar has asked her to marry him and she accepted. Catherine explains that she cannot marry Heathcliff because of his lack of education and background, however she expresses that she truly loves him. The significance of this event is that Catherine's dual nature reveals itself as she says she cannot marry Heathcliff while saying she loves him. She also admits to wanting to marry Edgar just for his money and status. Bye Heathcliff The night Catherine tells Nelly about Edgar's proposal is the night that Heathcliff disappears without a trace. The reason why Heathcliff disappears remains a mystery, however this event signifies how much Catherine loves and misses him. Mrs. Edgar Linton and Her Old Flame In 1783, Catherine and Edgar get married and live in Thrushcross Grange. Approximately six months after their wedding, Heathcliff suddenly reappears with wealth and status. The significance of this event is the jealousy between Edgar and Heathcliff has become obvious, being sparked by Catherine's reaction to Heathcliff's return. She clearly loves Heathcliff and her double-role is, once again, depicted. She is able to be of higher status with Edgar, but with Heathcliff, she is able to be herself. They Eloped!? Catherine Delivers and Dies Cathy Meets Hareton A Union and a Passing Llinton's Loss is Heathcliff's Gain Heathcliff's Inevitable Demise New Year, New Life Works Cited In 1784, Isabella runs away with Heathcliff and elopes. The significance of this event is that since Isabella is married to Heathcliff, he would inherit Edgar's property. As the reader can infer, Edgar does not want his archenemy to inherit what is rightfully his or his male heir's. It can also be seen that Heathcliff only married Isabella to take revenge on Edgar, and shows the extent of Heathcliff's savagery. In 1784, Catherine's daughter, Cathy is born two months prematurely. Two hours after the bundle of joy arrives, Catherine dies. Essentially, Edgar suffers two losses in one night in this event; the death of his wife and the birth of female daughter who will not inherit Thrushcross Grange. The significance of this event is that Edgar must bury his beloved Catherine near the moors and this demonstrates that Edgar loves her for who she is and has true insight into her personality. In 1797, Cathy and Hareton meet for the first time and spend a day together. A servant reveals that Hareton is Cathy's cousin. This event signifies the reader getting the first glimpse at Hareton's pride, which is reminiscent of Heathcliff's. Also, the day that Cathy and Hareton spend together mirrors the adventure-filled days that Heathcliff and Catherine spent on the moors. In August of 1801, Heathcliff forces Catherine to marry Linton. The significance of this event is that Linton needs to marry Cathy before Edgar's death, and Edgar needs to die before Linton does in order for Heathcliff to solidify his hold on Thrushcross Grange. This is the first time Heathcliff goes to this extreme in order to get what he wants. Soon after the marriage takes place, Cathy is reunited with her father, Edgar, who dies content. Linton dies in October of 1801, two months after he marries Cathy. Cathy tends to her husband until the day he dies, as Heathcliff ordered the servants to refuse to help. Although Heathcliff inherits the Grange, he still wants to prevent Cathy from forming any friendships, especially with Hareton. This stems from his grudge with Hindley, who destroyed the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff. Heathcliff seeks solitude, as everything keeps reminding him of his beloved Catherine, and only eats one meal a day. One night in 1802, Nelly finds Heathcliff's dead body. The significance of this event is that near their respective ends, both Catherine and Heathcliff practice the ritual of fasting. They were both consumed with pain because they longed to be with each other, but could never be. Nelly informs Mr. Lockwood that Cathy and Hareton are going to be married on New Year's Day, in 1803. The significance of this event is that their love for one another seems to not only secure future happiness, but to redeem the miseries of the past, especially from the generation before them. Together, the couple manifests all the best qualities of their parents and merges the various conflicting aspects of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Brontë, Emily J. Wuthering Heights. New York: Amsco School Publications, 1963. Print.
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