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Chapters 25-34 WH
Transcript of Chapters 25-34 WH
A short chapter that brings the reader nearly up to date.
Edgar is fading fast and is torn between wanting to see his
daughter happy and allowing Heathcliff to use both Cathy
and Linton as pawns in his game.
It was a close sultry day; devoid of sunshine. TONE?
Symbolism of meeting by the CROSSROADS
Consider the language of Bronte as she describes Linton - which words/phrases would you select?
How does Bronte evoke empathy for Linton?
How is H/C presented?
A chapter full of tension and violence.
The death of Edgar leaves only Nelly to protect Cathy.
...we shall still have the revenge of knowing that your cruelty arises from your greater misery.
The limitations of Nelly's narrative.
Now we've moved into 1802
In what way is Heathcliff still HAUNTED?
POWERLESSNESS is a key element of the Gothic - what evidence do we see of power and powerlessness in this
Oh go on then, I pity him!!
Revenge has supplanted Love - do you agree?
Consider our changing feelings for Linton.
How does Bronte build tension in the first half of the chapter?
Presentation of Heathcliff? Pick out specific words and phrases that you think important in this chapter in the presentation of this character.
ELEMENTS OF THE GOTHIC IN THIS CHAPTER?
Mr Green has been bought by Heathcliff. There is clear
evidence of H/C having planned this situation carefully.
The revenge of Heathcliff seems absolute - he now has Thrushcross Grange, Edgar's death, Hareton's ignorance and Linton's imminent death.
How does Bronte present the powerlessness of women in this chapter?
Is it possible to find Heathcliff an object of pity?
How about the graveyard episode? Pity? Revulsion?
Is this the final act of love or the behaviour of a mad man?
Death is desirable?
DEATH IS DESIRABLE
Using ch.29 as a springboard, plan the essay that GOTHIC LITERATURE PRESENTS DEATH AS DESIRABLE.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SUPERNATURAL?
Zillah's voice is now introduced. A new kind of bias?
What do you make of Zillah? How does her presentation of Cathy differ to Nelly's thus far?
The presentation of Linton's death as a release.
Hareton's attempts to impress Cathy - echoes?
Misery makes her a fiend?
THE END OF NELLY'S NARRATIVE
The front door stood open, but the jealous gate was fastened...
Lockwood delivers a letter - discuss the significance of letters in the Gothic.
Yesterday was bright, calm and frosty -
Lockwood compares Hareton's learning to read as : enlightening the darkness : How far do you agree with this attitude towards Learning in The Gothic.
The little wretch had done her utmost to hurt her cousin's sensitive feelings.
Does revenge breed revenge?
I read in his countenance what anguish it was to offer that sacrifice -
Impact of Lockwood's narrative?
What do you make of Heathcliff's reactions to Hareton?
Consider Lockwood’s comments on setting in this chapter - Explore their significance within both the context of the novel and the gothic.
•Consider Lockwood’s observations of Cathy and Hareton: ‘…her light shining ringlets blending, at intervals with his brown locks, as she bent to superintend his studies…’ What is significant in this scene and which themes are explored (and resolved) by Bronte? In what ways does their relationship mirror and yet differ from the previous generation?
Consider Nelly's narrative
in this chapter. Why does Bronte
choose to return it to her? Can you link the ending
of this chapter to parenting? What complications
are left to resolve?
Tackle Joseph's outburst - what do you learn from it?
How does the reader react to Heathcliff’s attack on Cathy at the beginning of chapter 33 and Hareton’s defence of him? If he were the devil it didn't signify, he would stand by him.
Explore the presentation of HEATHCLIFF in this chapter
How does Bronte build tension in this chapter?
What do you make of Nelly's dream?
Heathcliff's orders with regards to his 'funeral'
Do you agree with Joseph's summary of Heathcliff's death?
...the ancient stock were restored... SOCIAL CLASS? Is this what this novel has been about? A NATURAL heir?
Remind you of a text?
What do you like/dislike by the ending of the novel?
VOTE FOR THE MOST POWERFULLY GOTHIC CHAPTER! REASONS AND EVIDENCE
An emotive chapter. Identify the most emotive quote from the chapter and consider the way Bronte uses language.
ELEMENTS OF THE GOTHIC?