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Wuthering Heights Bird Motif

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Josephine Yznaga

on 3 December 2012

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Transcript of Wuthering Heights Bird Motif

BIRDS Confinement Freedom Escape Displacement Trespassing Love Physical Psychological Abuse Moors Windows Escape Through Death Letters Loss of Innocence Marriage Destruction Both houses represent confinement in different ways, Wuthering Heights denies freedom while Thrushcross Grange restricts culture and society Heathcliff confines Isabella, Hareton and
Linton to exact his revenge Edgar is so protective he imprisons
his daughter, Cathy Jr. for many years Nelly and Catherine are trapped by Heathcliff
at Wuthering Heights Lockwood is trapped at Wuthering Heights
during a snowstorm Hindley takes away Heathcliff's position
in the family by trapping him in a labor role Both Heathcliff and Cathy are emotionally
ensnared in unresolved passionate love Heathcliff is mentally trapped hallucinating
about Catherine's ghost for 18 years Catherine can't share her inner thoughts with
Edgar about Heathcliff Isabella is like a caged bird, she chooses imprisonment
at Wuthering Heights by marrying Heathcliff Most of Heathcliff's abuse toward Isabella is implied Hindley wishes to be free from Heathcliff "Let them alone, because I should hate them to be wronged:" and he'd crush you like a sparrow's egg, Isabella, if he found you a troublesome charge...Banish him from your thoughts. He's a bird of bad omen: no mate for you."
--Catherine, Chapter 10 For young Catherine and Heathcliff, the
ultimate freedom is wandering around the moors The moors are infertile just like Catherine and Heathcliff's unchanging relationship Young Cathy escapes the confines of her house
to play on the moors Zillah frees Nelly from imprisonment Lockwood sees the ghost of Catherine
trying to get in through a window Cathy escapes Wuthering Heights with the
help of Linton through a window Catherine's unfaithfulness to her true feelings
of love for Heathcliff results in her own self-inflicted death Catherine's betrayal leads to Heathcliff's
suffering and his own death The all-consuming passion between Catherine and Heathcliff is terribly destructive Cathy Jr. and Hareton's love and happiness eventually kill Heathcliff based on social and economic advantages Cathy marries Edgar for his money and reputation Heathcliff marries Isabella for land and in spite of Catherine Heathcliff forces young Cathy into a marriage with
his sick son Cathy Jr. marries Hareton for love Heathcliff's anger from Cathy's betrayal leads to
the suffering of others Heathcliff denies Hareton
an education Heathcliff's harsh environment destroys Linton Heathcliff abuses Isabella Catherine and Heathcliff are caught trespassing
on Linton's land Lockwood's horse has to push against the gate to gain access to Wuthering Heights Edgar comes to Wuthering heights to retrieve
Catherine from Heathcliff Cathy learns Linton lives nearby
and starts to write him The removal of Cathy's letters to Linton conveys an image of the loss of childhood "Never did any bird flying back to a plundered nest, which it had left brimful of chirping young ones, express more complete despair, in its anguished cries and flutterings, than she by her single 'Oh!' and the change that transfigured her late happy countenance."
--Nelly, Chapter 21 Heathcliff is brought to Wuthering Heights
without a last name Cathy Jr. is caught by Heathcliff when trespassing
through his land with Nelly Isabella can't go back to Thrushcross Grange after marrying Heathcliff Nelly first works at Wuthering Heights but
then goes to work at Thrushcross Grange Cathy is displaced from home to Thrushcross grange
when the Linton's dog attacks her "I'm tired, tired of being enclosed here. I'm wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there; not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart; but really with it, and in it"
--Catherine, Chapter 14 "It wanted to get to its nest, for the clouds had touched the swells, and it felt rain coming. This feather was picked up from the heath, the bird was not shot: we saw its nest in the winter, full of little skeletons. Heathcliff set a trap over it, and the old ones dared not come."
--Catherine, Chapter 7 'It's a cuckoo's, sir - I know all about it: except where he was born, and who were his parents, and how he got his money at first. And Hareton has been cast out like an unfledged dunnock!"
--Nelly, Chapter 4 Isabella and Heathcliff elope hoping to find freedom symbolize imprisonment or freedom When Catherine gets sick, she begins to name all the bird feathers coming out of her pillow, and recalls a time when Heathcliff shot a bird, leaving the babies to die Josephine Yznaga "That was his most perfect idea of heaven’s happiness: mine was rocking in a rustling green tree, with a west wind blowing, and bright white clouds flitting rapidly above; and not only larks, but throstles, and blackbirds, and linnets, and cuckoos pouring out music on every side...the whole world awake and wild with joy."
--Catherine Jr., Chapter 24
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