“Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte centers on an obsessive love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff and the repercussions that echo throughout their families. Heathcliff enters the lives of the Earnshaws as an unwelcome surprise by way of the patriarch. Taken in as a young child, he is despised and treated harshly by all living at Wuthering Heights with exception of Catherine and Mr. Earnshaw. Catherine and Heathcliff's union, forged and strengthened in adolescence, is the critical juncture of the story. Heathcliff’s origin is a mystery and he is treated as an unworthy outsider further complicating his relationship with Catherine.
Catherine Earnshaw, who went through on a “shape-shifts”, when she made a decision and she rather chose Edgar Linton to her husband, than to be with a man from a lower social class. This movement of hers defined her personality and also let her be seen as a material girl. With her reactions she wakes up the readers’ antipathy for her in every way. Her relationship with Heathcliff to the "dynamics of the Gothic romance, in that the woman falls prey to the more or less demonic instincts of her lover, suffers from the violence of his feelings and at the end is entangled by his thwarted
Cathy was born a Catherine, the name meaning “pure” which she is shown not to be from the very beginning. She is described to go from “a pretty child” to a “pretty woman,” oozing innocence and delicacy. However, even as a child Cathy produced a “disturbance she distributed so subtly” (73). Her immorality becomes clear to the reader when it is said that “Cathy learned that by the manipulation and use of this one part of people she could gain and keep power over nearly anyone” (75). Here we see that Cathy, even at a young age, is able to see within people and use their weaknesses against them.
All in all, I think that Catherine was a great character made by Cynthia Lord. I hope to see more of these type of stories from Cynthia Lord. Catherine is a truly nice character. Catherine is just like a person I know called Samantha. She was my neighbor and she was really sensitive and protective of her
One way that Catherine changed was after her encounter with the old Jewish Lady. The old lady told her, “ ‘Little Bird, in the world to come, you will not be asked “Why were you not George?’ or ‘Why were you not Perkin’ but ‘Why were you not Catherine?’ ” (Cushman 17). Catherine didn’t fully understand what it meant at first, but the old woman’s words helped her later when it really mattered. When Shaggy Beard’s messengers came, Catherine ran to her Aunt Ethelfritha’s house in fear and desperation. While she was there, the old Jewish woman’s words finally gained some meaning.
and Miss Tilney develop with good intentions, yet her immaturity change the dynamics to become more of a doting relationship. In both instances when Catherine meets the Tilneys for the first time, she is polite and conversational, but Catherine also “was desirous of being acquainted with [Miss Tilney]” (Austen 50). In Catherine’s meeting of the Tilneys, she possesses an element of her immaturity, as her emotions and attention scatter back and forth between the Tilneys and the Thorpes. Her attachments to both women, Isabella Thorpe and Miss Tilney, display Catherine’s childlike admiration and naive adoration. In the argument of the argument of Waldo Glock, he refers Catherine to have an “impressionable mind occasionally interpret[ing] scenes at Bath in the light of her reading of Gothic romance" (Glock 33).
Adopted by Mr. Earnshaw, Heathcliff is treated very poorly by everyone except Mr. Earnshaw and eventually Old Cathy grows to love him. After Mr. Earnshaw dies his son, Hindley, takes control of his father’s estate, Wuthering Heights. He treats Heathcliff terribly and separates him from Old Cathy; although she still loves Heathcliff, she marries Edgar. When Heathcliff returns from his three-year absence he still loves Old Cathy and so does she, but of course can no longer be with her. The marriage adds onto to his ever growing vengeance he holds against the Earnshaws and Lintons, but if he had stayed she would have chosen him over Edgar.
In Emily Brontё’s Wuthering Heights, the spiritual reassessment and moral reconciliation that the characters develop over the course of the novel demonstrates that those who are willing to accept and embrace change will be able to grow and mature as individuals and will ultimately achieve peace with themselves. To begin, the proposed marriage between Catherine Heathcliff and Hareton Earnshaw demonstrates that only those who put aside the prejudices that they hold towards others will be able to achieve personal growth and happiness. For example, in the initial phases of Catherine and Hareton’s relationship, Catherine makes fun of Hareton for his attempts at learning how to read. When Hareton excitedly says to Catherine that “[he] can read yon, now” (Brontё 210), she
All in all, the life in Wuthering Heights might be depicted as chaotic and obscure. Then, the setting may be considered Gothic whilst the irrational nature of the inhabitants of Wuthering Heights can be seen as a romantic element. The first instance of the Gothic in the novel is Lockwood’s encounter with the ghost of Catherine Earnshaw in his first night at Wuthering Heights. This event raised the idea that Catherine was haunting his beloved Heathcliff and that boundaries were being trespassed allowing Heathcliff to “interact” somehow with Catherine; however, these can be also thought as the product of their imagination which would
Wuthering Heights is a setting filled with passion and strength, but it is also filled with doomed intensity. Thrushcross Grange is filled with civility and kindness, but is filled with snobbishness. The two are complete opposites of each other; they are foils for each other in the sense that the two heighten each