Wuthering Heights (Comments) Essay

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ESSAY ON WUTHERING HEIGHTS PLOT & STORY The plot is designed in three parts: Chapters 1-3, Introduction; Chapters 4 (Volume 1) to chapter16 (Volume 2), Nelly's report of the story; last four chapters, Hareton and Cathy's relationship. In general, The plot is dense and fast moving.The first three chapters take place in 1801, when Mr. Lockwood meet Heathcliff (his landlord) in Wuthering Heights. There, he also meets Hareton Earnshaw, Cathy Linton, Joseph and Zillah. The strange behaviour of the inhabitants and his nightmare, make him feel curiosity about them. Back in Thrushcross Grange, he asks his servant, Nelly, to tell the story of Heathcliff's life.From chapter 4 (Vol.1) to chapter 17 ...view middle of the document...

1) and he also tell us that "he had an erect and handsome figure" (chapter 1,vol.1). Those descriptions are contradictory but it is due to the author ambiguous treatment of Heathcliff; we are sympathetic to him and horrified by him. This also makes the character complex and lifelike.As a complex character, it is difficult to describe him completely but we can say he is a man of action, closely related to nature (to the moors and the atmosphere of Wuthering Heights), and with very powerful feelings. He would represent passion beyond the social, the ordinary.Catherine Earnshaw She is passionate and tough as Heathcliff, to whom she shares his "wild" life till she has to stay with the Lintons. After that, she shows two sides; one related to nature, rebel... and the other attached to social conventions, arrogant, sometimes cruel... Her decision to follow the social conventions and get married with Edgar Linton will bring unhappiness to everybody, especially Heathcliff. She's trapped by her own decision and this will continue after here death, She will not have peace. (She becomes a ghost).Hindley Earnshaw He is a displeasing character. Jealous, cruel... He is Heathcliff's first enemy. His personal weakness takes him to sink into depravity; he becomes alcoholic, loses all his properties gambling and leaves his son in Heathcliff's hands.Like Joseph, this character contributes to the atmosphere of the novel.Edgar Linton He is an educated and pleasant man, but at the same time coward and weak. He is one of the main objects of Heathcliff's revenge. Through Nelly's eyes, we usually see his positive qualities but through Heathcliff and sometimes Catherine, he looks insipid and paltry. He is a victim and must suffer because Catherine chooses him rather than her true love.The dislike we feel toward him at the beginning turns into pity when he marries Catherine. He represents conventional things, civilisation.Isabella Linton Isabella is similar to her brother although she seems stronger because she defies conventions and marries Heathcliff, and later, she has the courage to abandon him. She is more passionate than her brother, both loving and hating and her function in the novel is to be a tragic puppet.Cathy Linton She is a strong, positive and good girl. She is passionate but the quality of her love is very different to her mother's. She is also arrogant and cruel with Hareton as her mother was with Heathcliff. But it is through her love to Hareton that something of the evil in the novel is redeemed.Hareton Earnshaw Through the degradation of this character, Heathcliff takes revenge on Hindley. Hareton becomes a rough and bad tempered boy. (He resembles Heathcliff). But we also see that there could be some hope for him, for example, when he steals Cathy's books to improve himself. The power of Cathy's love changes him into an educated and handsome young man.Linton Heathcliff He is an unpleasant character. Everybody despises him except Cathy. He is a puppet in...

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