Emily Brontë approaches the idea of sickness and death of the characters in her novel Wuthering Heights in a peculiar way. The characters that are ill are usually mentally ill, and their deaths often result from physical ailments derived from mental illness. The drive for revenge and desire for love that reigns among the characters often lands them in stressful situations that cause them to spiral downward into these mental illnesses. Emily Brontë’s emphasis on the motif of sickness and death in Wuthering Height deepens the drama of the plot and constructs more complicated relationships between the characters.
Heathcliff is a miserable human being. Linton and Catherine’s ill-treatment was the cause of the transition, and his position in the household gave him faith and courage. To sum up, the changes in a character’s position greatly affected the
Nelly forcefully attempts to put the idea into Lockwood’s head that he could be the hero who saves Cathy from the nightmares at the Heights while also saving himself. “‘What a realization of something more romantic than a fairy tale it would have been for Mrs. Linton Heathcliff, had she and I struck up an attachment, as her good nurse desired, and migrated together into the stirring atmosphere of the town!’” (374). The degree of veracity of the story is questioned when studying the bias Nelly has towards the other characters. The significant amount of power over the story given to Nelly displays Brontë’s immense amount of faith in the use of female characters to dominate the
The amount of anger and frustration expressed to keep their marriage together is emphasized by the rhetorical device. It also shows that hatred is expressed in a family when one is lost for patience, becoming a problem and resolution. In the metaphor, “He’s not a rough diamond-a pearl-containing oyster of rustic: he’s a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man”(Bronte 101), Heathcliff is described by Nelly Dean to be powerful and potentially hurtful to Isabella. Dean protects Isabella by warning her at the cost of dehumanizing Heathcliff. The metaphor is used to describe and illustrate an image for readers and Isabella.
Firstly, when Catherine leaves to go to the Linton’s house, she left her place beside Heathcliff and suffered because of it. She realized that her “misery arose from the separation” that became of years ago “between [her] and Heathcliff.” Consequently, she became “the wife of a stranger: an exile, and outcast, thenceforth, from what had been [her] world.” (Bronte, 92) Her choice to marry Edgar took her away from her home and love in Wuthering Heights to Thrushcross Grange, a place that cannot make her
Firstly the obsessive love between Catherine and Heathcliff. Catherine claims that her love for Heathcliff “resembles the eternal rocks beneath –a source of little visible delight, but necessary” (73). She tells her housekeeper “Nelly, I am Heathcliff –he’s always, always in my
Isabella is depressed during most of the book because of her abusive marriage. During the book Wuthering Heights their is an chapter that is a letter written by Isabella and how her time at Wuthering Heights is. “ Is Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad?
Heathcliff personifies the role of a savage and a cultured gentleman. Heathcliff’s upbringing was tainted from the begging, he was a parentless gypsy orphan that was adopted by and brought out to the moors. As a child he was very unkempt, but unlike most children he never outgrew this trait. When Catherine returns from Thrushcross Grange, she immediately
Mr Earnshaw refers to Heathcliff as “It” this could become very degrading for Heathcliff as he wasn’t treated like a human, in contrast to this, this was on the first night of him being in the Earnshaw residence which means that they hadn’t got to know him yet. Heathcliff’s relationship with Mr Earnshaw would of been one of the things that made his childhood more bearable as we are told that Heathcliff became Mr Earnshaw favourite child, we are told by Nelly Dean that she considered the relationship sinister as he become more loved by Mr Earnshaw than Hindley. Moreover we are also told that Mrs Earnshaw was wary of the child and didn’t want to keep him, this could of made Heathcliff childhood bitter by knowing that not everyone wanted him there. His relationship with Hindley Earnshaw may have made his childhood very bitter as he was physically and verbally abused by him. We are told that after a few days, “Miss Cathy and he were now very thick; but Hindley hated him” this show us that Hindley started hating him from the start, this would later continue into adulthood.
I have not broken your heart- you have broken it- and in breaking it, you have broken mine” (Bronte). This perfectly sums up a vicious cycle created in this novel. These characters are putting themselves I situations that will cause them to suffer, and as a result of their suffering, they inflict the same sensation on others. A perfect example being Heathcliff’s treatment of Hareton and Cathy, who, despite the abuse, are the few characters that are able to break out of this cycle. Similar situations can be found in Grendel.
The intense conflicts which are characteristics of its artistic structure are create in the terms of social conflicts. The roots and causes of these conflicts are in the pressures of the society with which the novel was published. Wuthering Heights was published two times in 1837 and 1848, times of great change due to the Industrial Revolution. Thus, it reflects in some way the class struggle. Heathcliff did create a classless society, he made everyone his servants.
Emily Bronte had created a cycle for us. She was not interested in trying to rebuild the shattered teacup, but rather start over again. We watched as the new generation tried to improve upon the mistakes of their predecessors and create a better world. Edgars daughter Cathy was every bit as fiery and ferocious as her mother, but she had patience, and a kindness in her heart that Catherine never truly captured. Writing an internal monologue to better understand negatively portrayed characters like Heathcliff, Edgar, Catherine, and Isabella, is so important because we are aware that as we go out into the world, we will no doubt encounter people like this.
In Charlotte Bronte’s novel “Jane Eyre” Edward Fairfax Rochester plays a contributing role in Janes development and growth as a character and human being in the Victorian time period. Not only does he play a large role in her independency, but in her emotional and spiritual growth as well. She grows around him whether she likes it or not. Due to Edwards manipulative and seductive nature, jane has to grow and develop in a way that has her frequently questioning her own ideals, whether that be spiritually or morally, and strengthening her independence by constantly refusing her feelings for him and adapting to punishing situations. Edward also opens Janes eyes to a world that is bigger than she realized due to his company at the house, wealth, and opportunities at the favorable Thornfeild manor at which she was employed by him.