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Character Development in Wuthering Heights, Great Gatsby and Other Books.


Alex Atkins

on 10 May 2012

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Transcript of Character Development in Wuthering Heights, Great Gatsby and Other Books.

Character Development in Wuthering Heights and Other Books. Wuthering Heights Heathcliff Heathcliff is a character who is ever present in “Wuthering Heights”
and throughout the novel his character changes. At first he is a poor,
homeless child, then he becomes a loved and neglected victim, then he
is a degraded lover, and finally he transforms into a vicious, lonely
master. This development is shown in a series of different qoutes throughout the book, for example his description when he is first introduced; "We crowded round, and over Miss Cathy's head I had a peep at a dirty, ragged, black-haired child; big enough both to walk and talk: indeed, its face looked older than Catherine's; yet when it was set on its feet, it only stared round, and repeated over and over again some gibberish that nobody could understand." Hindley, is jealous of the love his father is giving Heathcliff. Hindley
therefore beats up and bullies Heathcliff throughout his childhood,
especially when he becomes master of the Heights when Mr. Earnshaw
dies: ‘…reminded him to order Heathcliff a flogging’.
This shows that Heathcliff has been transformed from a poor, homeless
child into a neglected victim. Five Stages in Heathcliffs development
1.) Arrivial in Wuthering Heights and becomes the favoured child of Mr. Earnshaw, beginnings of relationship with Catherine
2.)Mistreatment under Hindley, loss of social position when made to labour and his rejection by Catherine.
3.) Three year absence from the Heights
4.) Returns to the Heights in the guise of a gentleman, he re-establishes his relationship with Catherine, starts to execute his plan of revenge.
5.) Weakening of his resolve, the approach of death, admission of failure and his burial beside Catherine Heathcliff's loss of social position is showed in the qoutation
"He drove him from their company to the servants, deprived him of the instructions of the curate and insisted he should lanbour out of doors instead; compelling him to do so as hard as any other lad on the farm"
Hindley's desire to punish Heathcliff started as soon as his father died. To make him a farmhand, bereft of education was to put him in the lowest social position. Heathcliff is the usurper. His presence in Wuthering Heights overthrows the prevailing habits of the Earnshaw family, members of the family soon become involved in turmoil and fighting. Family relationships become spiteful and hateful. Even on his first night, he is the reason Mr. Earnshaw breaks the toys he had bought for his children. Nelly recorded "From the very beginning he bred bad feelings in the house". Heathcliff usurps the affections of Mr. Earnshaw to the exclusion of young Hindley-: "The young master had learnt to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend". "Now, fully revealed by the fire and candlelight, I was amazed, more than ever, to behold the transformation of Heathcliff. He had grown a tall, athletic, well-formed man; beside whom my master seemed quite slender and youth-like. His upright carriage suggested the idea of his having been in the army. His countenance was much older in expression and decision of feature than Mr. Linton’s; it looked intelligent, and retained no marks of former degradation. A half-civilised ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire, but it was subdued; and his manner was even dignified: quite divested of roughness, though stern for grace." Three years after Heathcliff's departure, six months after the marriage, Heathcliff arrives at Thrushcross Grange, now improved in physique and manner. He is staying with Hindley at Wuthering Heights and taking advantage of his alcoholism and gambling The ragged new-comer to Wuthering Heights is an image of a human creature reduced to its bare animal essence, suriving on his will to live. Nelly's comments about Heathcliff's ability to withstand pain supports this point of view, "He would withstand Hindley's blows without winking or shedding a tear Other Books Call of the Wild by Jack London The development of the main charcter 'Buck' described as a civilised dog as he endures the hardship of trail life and answers the Call of the wild Buck is Introduced as a pampered prince. Buck undergoes experiences that provide him with greater insight about the world. Buck begins as a spoiled regent, strutting proudly over his soft, sun-kissed domain, but he abruptly sees everything taken away from him. He is reduced to nothing, beaten and kicked and forced to pull sleds through the Canadian wilderness. This experience, though, far from destroying him, makes him stronger, and he wins back his kingdom—or rather, he wins a new kingdom, a wild one that better suits his true destiny as a wild animal. The Call of the Wild is, as its title suggests, a celebration of wildness, of primitive life, and even the savagery. "Buck lived at a big house in the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley. Judge Miller's place, it was called." "And over this great demesne Buck ruled. Here he was born, and here he had lived the four years of his life. It was true, there were other dogs. There could not but be other dogs on so vast a place, but they did not count. They came and went...." "But Buck was neither house dog nor kennel dog. The whole realm was his. " He is then kidnapped away. "Buck had accepted the rope with quiet dignity." "This man talked with Manuel, and money chinked between them." "Then the rope was removed, and he was flung into a cage-like crate." He is then introduced to the trail life. Buck understands that he has been taken from civilization into a wild, primitive place, and his first day in the North is a shock to him. Both the dogs and the men around him are cruel and violent
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