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Wuthering Heights

This is our Literary Circle's interpretation of Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.
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Wuthering Heights
Summary
Wuthering Heights follows the torturous life of mysterious, cruel Heathcliff as he falls in love but marries another, returning only to seek revenge when his beloved Catherine dies. Heathcliff's revenge goes so far as to disturb the following generation, and only in his death is hope and wellness restored.
Characters
Heathcliff- gypsy orphan, dark, cruel, brooding and sadistic
Catherine (first-generation)- free-spirited, spoiled, selfish, vain, temperamental
Edgar- well-bred, wealthy, whiny, handsome, tender, giving, cowardly
Nelly- narrator for Lockwood, compassionate, biased, emotional, servant of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, kind of grew up with Catherine and Heathcliff
Lockwood- narrator, bridge between Nelly and the reader
Catherine (second-generation)- headstrong, beautiful, arrogant, gentle, caring, gulllible
Hindley- Catherine's brother, Heathcliff's nemesis, abusive, alcoholic
Isabella- naive, falls for Heathcliff's tricks, pushover
Linton- weak, sniveling, pathetic, cowardly, somewhat cruel
Hareton- underprivileged, rustic, gruff, cheated, Catherine's cousin
Settings
Wuthering Heights- originally the Earnshaw estate, but falls to Heathcliff, after Hindley cannot pay his gambling debts; dark, falling apart, mysterious, represents Heathcliff and his destructive, unchanging love for Catherine
Thrushcross Grange- owned by the Linton family; proper, clean, luxurious, wellkept, this estate represents Catherine's high social stature in contrast with Heathcliff's general black-sheep qualities
Themes
persistence of love- Heathcliff's love for Catherine was essentially what fueled his action throughout the entire book, in childhood, adulthood, seeking revenge, marriange, and even death.
destruction of love- Heathcliff and older Catherine's love was selfish: neither were willing to sacrifice for each other, and this is what led to their downfall. Younger Catherine and Hareton, however, chose to help each other see different points of view, and in this, their love was able to survive.
greed- Catherine marries Edgar, instead of Heathcliff whom she really loves, and Edgar loses the estate in addition to his son's inheretence due to their greed.
revenge- Heathcliff seeks revenge on everyone and everything that kept him from his true love, Catherine.
Symbols/Motifs
moors-represent Catherine and Heathcliff's affair because they are infertile and wild
dogs-lack of hospitality; dangerous; represents Heathcliff and his secrets that llie throughout the story
Wuthering Heights-represents the family's disintegrating relationships through the novel
Linton Heathcliff-symbol of the weakness of the relationship betweenHeathcliff and isabella
Catherine's burial-Her constant struggle between the two families leaves her alone in death.
Memorable Quotes
Emily Bronte
Reflections
(July 30, 1818-December 19,1848)
Emily Bronte grew up with her two sisters and brother in a household under an eccentric, domineering father. Her mother died, when she was young, and she and her siblings lived in a small village called Harworth with no real schooling or parental guidance. Sensitive and shy, Bronte only ever wrote one volume of poetry and her novel Wuthering Heights, which established her as a major figure in English literature and was published in 1847, a year before her death.
Plot
At the beginning of the novel, a weary traveler named Lockwood happens upon a house for rent. He resides in the house on the moors and goes to see his neighbor, a reserved and angry old man who is attended by a bitter young lady with golden curls. Lockwood later meets the housekeeper of his home, an older woman named Nelly, who tells him the history of the strange people who live across the way. The Earnshaws, of Wuthering Heights, take in a young orphaned boy. They know not where he comes from, or who he is, but they welcome him in as a son and name him Heathcliff. Throughout their lives, Heathcliff and the young Earnshaw girl, Catherine, grow up together and eventually fall in love, nut because of Heathciff's lack of status and wealth, she refuses to marry him. After Heathcliff disappears, Catherine marries Edgar Linton, a rich young neighbor who had also grown up in the area. To spite the Linton's and gain the rights to their estate, Thrushcross Grange, Heathcliff marries Edgar's sister, Isabella, and they have a son, whom they name Linton Heathcliff. Edgar and Catherine live happily together form many years, until Cathrine dies shortly after giving birth to their daughter, also named Catherine, or "Cathy" for short. Upon hearing of Catherine's death, Heathcliff determines to bring the Earnshaws and Lintons to ruin for their parts in his and Catherine's doomed romance. After the death of Isabella, Linton is sent from his home to Wuthering Heights with Heathcliff. Linton and Catherine proceed to "fall in love," and Catherine is forced to marry him with the threat of never seeing her ailing father ever again. Linton is sickly, however, and dies shortly thereafter. Catherine, alone and friendless, remains at Wuthering Heights under the watchful and withering eye of Heathcliff. Her cousin Hareton Earnshaw, who was raised by Heathcliff and unwittingly cheated out of his inheritance, eventually falls in love with Cathy and works to impress her by learning to read and refining his manners. Although at first she rejects him and makes fun of his efforts, Cathy soon understands his actions and begins to help him. While their romance blossoms, Heathcliff begins to die a strange death. Obsessed over Catherine's death, he seems to die of a broken heart, trying to be closer to Catherine, and it is later said that their ghosts are seen walking together in the moors.
"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."
"... What is not connected with her to me? I cannot look down to this floor, but her features are shaped on the flags!"

CONSIDER THIS!
Both Catherines are succubi; therefore, Hareton, should not have accepted younger Catherine's love. Joseph grinds my gears with his unintelligible dialect. Heathcliff has a bad reputation, but I think his gruff demeanor is charming.
This has been reflections with Jason Baxter.
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