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Chapters 21-24 WH

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Karen Griffiths

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Transcript of Chapters 21-24 WH

Wuthering Heights
Chapter 21 - 24
Chapter 22 and 23
Chapter 24
Cathy's narrative
Why does Nelly interrupt Cathy's narrative?
Hareton's outburst
Presentation of Cathy in this chapter?
Nelly's response to Cathy
Chapter 23
As Nelly tells Lockwood, her story has now nearly caught up with the present.
Hareton was born in the summer of 1778;
the first Catherine married Edgar in 1783 (a fact that can be extrapolated from Nelly’s claim in 1801 to have been living at Thrushcross Grange for about eighteen years);
and young Catherine was born in 1784, first met her cousins in 1797, and carried on her romance with Linton in the winter of 1800–1801, just over a year ago
Consider the presentation of Hareton and Linton
Consider the presentation of Catherine
How does the setting in the opening
of this chapter establish tone and
How is Heathcliff's manipulation apparent in this chapter despite his absence?
Cathy picks up the narrative in this section - what would you say about her language?

In what way does Bronte use language to characterise Cathy in this chapter?

Consider the contrast between Linton and Cathy:
Angry, vicious, understandable?

Joseph's reaction?
Her determination and strong will (resonant of her mother?)
The physical description of her
Her treatment of Hareton?
Her letters with Linton?
The new generation - consider their presentation - double page quote collection on
How they are described
What they say
What is said about them
Their interactions with Cathy.
Their treatment by H/C
withered leaves
Starved and suckless
cold blue sky
boding abundant rain
Lonely blossom trembling.
blanched grass
fungus spreading
Consider how Nelly responds to Cathy in this chapter.
She appears far more forgiving than with her mother - can you find evidence of this?

Why do you think this might be?

To what extent is the present informed by the past?
How is Linton presented in this chapter?

To what extent do we excuse his behaviour as a consequence of his upbringing?
'The worst-tempered bit of a sickly slip that ever struggled into its teens. Happily, as Mr. Heathcliff conjectured, he'll not win twenty. I doubt whether he'll see spring, indeed. And small loss to his family whenever he drops off.
Do you agree?
He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive; and he said mine would be drunk: I said I should fall asleep in his; and he said he could not breathe in mine, and began to grow very snappish.
Does Nelly voice the reader's thoughts here?
'Stop, Miss Catherine, dear!' - I interrupted. 'I shall not scold, but I don't like your conduct there. If you had remembered that Hareton was your cousin as much as Master Heathcliff, you would have felt how improper it was to behave in that way. At least, it was praiseworthy ambition for him to desire to be as accomplished as Linton; and probably he did not learn merely to show off: you had made him ashamed of his ignorance before, I have no doubt; and he wished to remedy it and please you. To sneer at his imperfect attempt was very bad breeding. Had you been brought up in his circumstances, would you be less rude? He was as quick and as intelligent a child as ever you were; and I'm hurt that he should be despised now, because that base Heathcliff has treated him so unjustly.'
Consider the violence of the relationship between Hareton and Cathy.
Reader empathy?
Heathcliff's return is unmentioned
Consider the following questions on your tables - you have 10 minutes per question!
Chapter 20
What is Heathcliff's motivation behind taking Linton to WH?
Why is Heathcliff determined to bring Linton up as a gentleman?
How does Bronte present Linton? Does he evoke empathy in the audience?
What is Heathcliff's motivation behind taking Linton to WH?
Why is Heathcliff determined to bring Linton up as a gentleman?
How does Bronte present Linton? Does he evoke empathy in the audience?
Trembling and bewildered
He clung to me...
Thou art thy mother's child entirely!
...a gaze of vacant fear.
My son is my prospective owner of your place, and I should not wish him die till I was certain of being his successor. Besides, he's
, and I want the triumph of seeing my descendant fairly lord of their estates:
child hiring their children till their fathers' lands for wages. That is the sole consideration which can make me endure the whelp: I despise him for himself and hate him for the memories he revives!
a cry and frantic repetition... Don't leave me...
In your recent essay you discussed

Think about Nelly and Cathy in this chapter.

What is there to say?

Is Nelly not disempowered here?

Is Nelly disempowered in this chapter?
Imprisonment and entrapment? What could you say from this chapter?
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