Emily Brontë’s masterclass of Wuthering Heights’ is renowned as a classic Victorian era novel. In the novel, Lockwood is told the story of two families by Nelly Dean. The book follows Nelly’s experiences at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. The book contains the experiences of Heathcliff, who comes to the Heights, makes friends, enemies and ultimately, dies alone. In between, a lot of tragic events occur which strongly impact the novel.
Revenge and the Vicious Cycle of Abuse in Wuthering Heights The desolate cliffs of Wuthering Heights serve as backdrop to a story that mimics the harsh conditions the characters face.With only two places of lodging and frequently inclimate weather, characters are isolated and maintain consistent interaction with each other. Bronte establishes a cycle of misery through a juxtaposition of setting and character interactions, which serves to further the motif of vengeance. As Mr. Earnshaw adopts Heathcliff, Heathcliff immediately becomes an outsider and a target for abuse from other characters in the novel. When Mr. Earnshaw passes away, Hindley takes over as guardian for Heathcliff. This change begins the cycle of abuse in Wuthering Heights.
In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff suffers injustice throughout his entire life. Not only was he unwanted as a child but he was also ridiculed for his physical appearance, tormented by Hindley, and emotionally stabbed in the heart by his one true love, Catherine. Although Heathcliff is in a constant search of justice, he does not know how to find it. Throughout the novel, Heathcliff constantly uses revenge in order to seek justice but always ends up more disappointed than he originally starts off as. At Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross grange, Heathcliff does not fit in.
For this reason, she marries Edgar Linton the antagonist man character of Wuthering Heights who can provide Catherine with wealth and the new life she wants. In this way Heathcliff is major male character of this classic novel, he falls in love Catherine but she is married to the other man. He is embodiment of Byronic hero that has all negative personalities. He is devilish and revengeful lover at the same time he is passionate lover. In brief, it tells us tragic love story by Bronte.
Wuthering Heights was the only novel written by the British Emily Brontë and it was published in 1847 under her pen-name Ellis Bell. Unsurprisingly, the novel was considered controversial for Victorian society as it challenged its strict ideals regarding religion, morality, social classes and gender inequality. Thus, the doomed love affair between the fiercely and passionate Catherine and Heathcliff was too strong for the prudish Victorian English society. However, Wuthering Heights is not just a haunting love story. Emily Brontë structured the story around matched, contrasting pairs of themes and characters and it is interesting the amount of pairs she wrote about.
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.
How does Emily Brontë introduce and develop the character of Cathy and Heathcliff in Chapter 1-16 of Wuthering Heights? Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff are 2 main characters in Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” who remain relevant throughout the book, leaving lasting impressions. Both characters are around the same age and grow up together, developing strong personalities that clash and complement each other. Readers are first introduced to Heathcliff through the eyes of Mr. Lockwood, whose point of view the story is in. When Mr. Lockwood first arrives at Wuthering Heights to announce his arrival to his landlord, Heathcliff, he is received by a cold, grumpy man, whose physical features are vividly and harshly described in the first paragraph
Some of the most important themes in Wuthering Heights would come to show after the death of a character. Heathcliff’s death shows to be one of the most important scenes in the book due to showing how revenge, the need for his character to rest, and his wish to be reconnected with Catherine emphasizes the entire meaning of the story itself. One theme the death of Heathcliff shows is revenge, since throughout the story he gets hurt and seeks for vengeance afterwards. This fact is so important to the book due to how much of his life and effort Heathcliff has gone through worrying about this subject. In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff states, “I'm trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back.
Neither of the men possesses this characteristic: Heathcliff's inability to judge his own character is apparent in the way he is unable recognize that the very actions he takes in order to get his revenge on Edgar are painful to Catherine, for whom he is driven to revenge in the first place. His frequent disappearances, the passionate, sudden entrances and the discord he sows at Thrushcross Grange hurt his heart's foremost desire more than they do Edgar, but Heathcliff lacks the ability to see the consequences of his actions or even to see the flaw in his motives. Edgar is similarly blind to himself. Neither man is able to express themselves to Catherine in an adequate manner. Edgar's best and only expression of love is in his proposal of marriage.
Obsession and Self-Alienation in Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein One of the most prevalent themes in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is that of obsession. Obsession is the restless driving force by which the characters in Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein are taken down the path of self-alienation. In Wuthering Heights two, very closely related, obsessions are a driving force behind the events that take place throughout the novel. 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).