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How does Catherine and Heathcliff's love bring chaos to the world around them?
The entire plot is driven by social class
Would events in the story fold out differently if there was not a divide in social class and status?
In Wuthering Heights there is a huge divide in classes, the higher class living Thushcross Grange and the not so well off living in Wuthering Heights.
Nature of Man
The nature of man is very selfish. They take what they want without thinking about the consequences.
Wuthering Heights Theme
A Never changing love is destructive
Catherine first brings the chaos to Thrushcross Grange when she marries Edgar. She has a choice to leave Edgar for her love, Heathcliff, or embrace and accept Edgar, however she does neither, refuses to change and stays the same. Without Heathcliff and Catherine first wandering into the Grange, the Lintons would not have become involved.
If Catherine would not have thought marrying Heathcliff would damage her reputation, the entire story plot may have been different because Heathcliff and Catherine would've married and lived happily together.
Does Catherine ever really mature?
" 'I didn't touch you, you lying creature! ' "
"She stamped her foot..."
Catherine is unruly and spirited
She expects to get what she wants
Nelly is only eight years older than Catherine, but is responsible for reigning in the wild Catherine.
Catherine often threw fits when she didn't have her way.
After Catherine accepts Edgar's marriage proposal, she struggles trying to decide if she has done the right thing. When asked by Nelly where the obstacle is to the marriage Catherine replies "Here! and here!...In whichever place the soul lives--in my soul, and in my heart, I'm convinced I'm wrong." (70)
Edgar lets the despised Heathcliff lurk around the Grange after the marriage just to keep Catherine happy.
Catherine believes that with Edgar's money she can help Heathcliff get out from under Hindley. (pg 72)
Catherine confesses to Nelly that though she feels one with Heathcliff ("Nelly, I am Heathcliff " 73]), it would degrade her to marry him. Since Edgar has proposed, and he's rich and handsome, she will marry him and become "the greatest woman in the neighbourhood" (69).
Catherine knows her love for Edgar is not as eternal as her love for Heathcliff.
Who in the novel shows these characteristics? Explain how.
Nature of Man
Another nature of man is to go to the riches.
Catherine is an example. She wanted the high-end life and risked the future of the tenants living at Wuthering Heights after she married Edgar Linton and died.
Heathcliff doesn't change throughout the whole book, and the chaos only stops once he is dead..
Is Catherine Loyal to anyone?
pg 46 (chapter 7)
(p 17, 22-25, 34)
p 44 (Heathcliff turned away from the Grange "unfit for a decent house"
The Nature of Revenge
Yailenne Acevedo, Marquise Love, Harriet Kershner, Kaileigh Thom
Nature of man
Catherine was driven by her impulses to love Heathcliff and trade in her social class status. She also was urged by her new status and image in the social class when she first stayed at the Lintons. This is seen in chapter 7.
"I've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff, now; so he shall never know how I love him...because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mind are the same, and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire." (pg 71)
"...if I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brother's power." (72)
Catherine's heart loyal to Heathcliff.
However, Heathcliff thinks Catherine is disloyal for marryine Edgar.
The Nature of Revenge is mainly defined as the retaliation against a person or group of people. It is not necessarily that man is evil, but that they are desiring justice for something that happened to them.
How does Heathcliff show this when he meets young Cathrine?
nature of revenge
What is another example of revenge in Wuthering Heights?
In the story Wuthering Heights, Hindley started the revenge cycle when he mistreats Heathcliff. He gets extremely jealous when Mr. Earnshaw begins to show love for Heathcliff and thats when the abuse and mistreatment begins.
The love between Catherine and Heathcliff not only destroys their own lives, but disrupts the lives of everyone around them as well.
How does property and family name contribute to social class in the novel?
"I've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now." (Pg. 92)
Catherine believes Linton to be above her in social class. Catherine realizes that Edgar is out of her league, but that doesn't stop her. As a child she ignored everyone else's dislike of Heathcliff, but now she allows Hindley's attitude and treatment of him to change how she feels. In that sense, Hindley really gets what he wants.