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Transcript of Wuthering Heights
•First Published in 1847
•Only book written by Emily Bronte, who died shortly after its publication
•Emily's sister, Charlotte, wrote the popular classic, Jane Eyre
•Oak paneled bed
Wuthering Heights is a romantic/gothic book. It focuses on a the extremes of love in life and death, and it has a very dark tone.
The story takes place in Yorkshire in the 1700s. The characters go between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.
How does the setting effect the story?
• Living in the moors gives Catherine and Heathcliff a place to play and fall in love as children.
•The proximity of the Grange to the Heights gives Catherine a chance to meet her future husband, Edgar.
•It also gives Catherine Linton the chance to find out about Wuthering Heights and her mother's history.
Lockwood the renter
Lockwood is a business man who rents Thrushcross Grange from Heathcliff. He is curious about Heathcliff's family after he has odd nightmares while sleeping at Heathcliff's home at Wuthering Heights.
Catherine and Heathcliff
Lockwood's housekeeper, Nelly, tells Lockwood the story of Heathcliff's life. Heathcliff was found an orphan by Catherine and Hindley Earnshaw's father. Hindley hated Heathcliff, but Catherine liked him and they became best friends. Eventually Catherine fell in love with Heathcliff.
Catherine and Edgar
While snooping at their neighbors, the Lintons, home, Catherine falls and breaks her ankle. She has to stay at Thrushcross Grange while she heals. When she returns to the Heights, she has fallen in love with Edgar Linton, her young neighbor. She has promised to marry him over Heathcliff because he has better looks and more wealth.
When Heathcliff hears this, he leaves the Heights.
Three years after Cathy marries Edgar, Heathcliff returns to the Heights and rents a room from Hindley. Hindley has a child, Hareton, whose mother died in childbirth. Cathy is excited to see Heathcliff. However, Heathcliff is only looking for revenge on Edgar. He marries Edgars sister, Isabelle, and when he and Edgar fight over it, Cathy falls ill. She dies after having her only child, named Catherine after herself.
Cathy's daughter grows up to know nothing of Wuthering Heights and Heathcliff. However, when Isabelle dies and sends her son, Linton, to live with Edgar, Heathcliff hears and wants his son with him. So Heathcliff re-enters Edgar's life.
•Catherine's marriage to Edgar
•Catherine's soul mate Heathcliff
•Heathcliff's life of revenge
"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 Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire."
-Catherine Earnshaw, page 75
"Do you mark those two lines between your eyes; and those thick brows, that instead of rising arched, sink in the middle; and that couple of black fiends, so deeply buried, who never open their windows boldly, but lurk glinting under them, like devil's spies?" -Nelly, page 52
"My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being." Catherine Earnshaw, page 76
"I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth." -Lockwood, page 317
Heathcliff finds revenge on Edgar by taking Catherine hostage and forcing her to marry Linton. She obliges because her father is dying and she wants to visit him. After Edgar dies, Heathcliff gets all of his money and is home. Linton then also dies and leaves Catherine with Heathcliff and Hareton.
Heathcliff finds that even the best revenge is not satisfying. He goes mad and dies, and is finally at peace. Catherine and Hareton fall in love and are engaged to be married. Lockwood leaves uneasy about the story he has been told.
•Social Class vs. Social Interest
•Clash of two entities
•Earnshaws (strong/ chaos)
•Lintons (weak/ calm)