Early on in the novel, Heathcliff and Catherine snuck over to Thrushcross Grange when they were children to spy on the Linton children. They saw the two fighting over a dog and nearly pulling it apart. This foreshadows that later in the story, there will be a tension between Edgar and Isabella when Isabella goes against Edgar's wishes and marries Heathcliff. In Wuthering Heights, how a visitor will be greeted by the person they are visiting can often be foreshadowed by how the visitor is greeted by the dogs guarding the property (Rena-Dozier 770). When Heathcliff goes to visit Catherine after many years, the dog at Thrushcross Grange greets Heathcliff by wagging its tail at him rather than barking.
Heathcliff gaines wealth and connections and now is in a place of immense power. Hareton comes to live with Heathcliff and immediately serves as a whipping board for Heathcliff. This attitude shown by Heathcliff in the quote “he had the hypocrisy to represent a mourner: and previous to following with Hareton, he lifted the unfortunate child on to the table and muttered, with peculiar gusto, Now, my bonny lad, you are mine! And we 'll see if one tree won 't grow as crooked as another, with the same wind to twist it!" exemplifies the cycle of abuse in Wuthering Heights (Bronte 116).
Heathcliff starts as an innocent, helpless orphan, but when he loses Catherine he changes, there is an evident development in his personality, he dies at the end alone, weak and almost mad . Emily does not give connotation that he deserves that end, on the contrary, we feel pity towards him in spite all of his devilish actions. He is a complex character and arouses a complex feeling in the readers. It is the same with Catherine ; though she is a pretty girl with a wild spirit , she has an arrogant heart and she wants to become an elegant young lady in her community. Moreover, after the time she spends at Thrushcross Grange, her vanity increases and the relationship between her and Heathcliff become complicated.
Wuthering Heights is full of complex, real characters that the reader becomes attached to despite their often negative actions. Emily Brontë uses the full presentation of Heathcliff to draw the reader’s sympathy despite despite his cruel, selfish nature by presenting his difficult childhood as an outcast and his inability to be with the woman he loves. Brontë begins by using one of the narrators, Lockwood, to describe Heathcliff as a closed off, rude loner who lives in a dark house in the middle of nowhere. Despite the initial description, Lockwood immediately takes a liking to Heathcliff, brightly describing them as the same sort of person who likes to be away from people. Lockwood has horrible first experiences at Wuthering Heights, getting chased by dogs, treated rudely or ignores, and having a terrifying encounter with a ghost.
Catherine 's choice to wed Edgar so she will be "the best lady of the area" is just the most evident case. The Lintons are moderately firm in their nobility status yet regardless make careful arrangements to demonstrate this status through their practices. The Earnshaws, then again, lay on much shakier ground socially. They don 't have a carriage, they have less land, and their home, as Lockwood comments with extraordinary puzzlement, looks like that of a "simple, northern agriculturist" and not that of a man of his word. The moving way of economic wellbeing is shown most strikingly in Heathcliff 's direction from destitute waif to youthful man of his word by-appropriation to basic worker to man of honor once more (despite the fact that the status-cognizant Lockwood comments that Heathcliff is just a courteous fellow in "dress and
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Setting Yorkshire moors, England 1750-1802 The title Wuthering Heights comes from one of the two houses in the novel, a dark, Genre Tragedy Historical Information Romanticism: artistic and intellectual movement that began as a reaction to the logic and rationality of the Enlightenment, and focused on the sublimity of nature Stressed emotion, rather than reason, as the source of beauty, art, and true knowledge Married woman could not own property, when they were married, and became “one entity” the property always belonged to the husband. Themes (2) Love: Heathcliff and Catherine have an all-encompassing love for each other that continues until they die. Edgar loves Catherine as well, but they are not soulmates the way Heathcliff and Catherine are. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” -pg. 127 Revenge: Heathcliff is focused on getting revenge on Hindley for his mistreatment as a child, as well as getting revenge on Edgar for marrying Catherine and for looking down on him.
After he comes back, he is a wealthy. He also upgrades his class to get marry with Catherine. He wants to be as rich as Edgar Linton is and destroys the class distinction between them. Furthermore, this class distinction that Heathcliff tries to destroy is quite visible. Even the names of their homes reveals this.
The novel is about a man who meets with a potential landlord in his home. Mr. Heathcliff and Mr. Lockwood are the primary characters, the dogs are secondary characters, and Joseph is tertiary character. The landlord’s home becomes the setting, and it is described by the following quote. “The floor was of smooth, white-stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade.” (Bronte 369) Once the tenant arrives, he is greeted by Mr. Heathcliff’s dogs, in a not-so-friendly manner. Mr. Heathcliff is the potential landlord in the novel.
Isabella Linton falls in love with Heathcliff, but she is so cruelly abused by him that she has to leave him. This fact presents a social taboo for the period, in which the novel was written and can be seen in this excerpt from her epistolary confession to Ellen Dean “I assure you, a tiger, or a venomous serpent could not rouse terror in me equal to that which he wakens...I do hate him- I am wretched - I have been a fool” (Bronte 233). Heathcliff does not feel any remorse or shame for Isabella’s fate, not even for their son Linton whom he neglects to seek medical care for when he has fulfilled his purpose in taking over the Heathcliff Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff’s irrational violent acts against vulnerable victims show his total indifference for human suffering. Moreover, Heathcliff’s sadism manifests itself in his use of torture and imprisonment; classic Gothic features.
The book begins in the winter, which can foreshadow the upcoming dreary events that will take place. During his first night at Wuthering Heights, Lockwood has a nightmare which consists of the late Catherine Linton grabbing Lockwood’s hand to let her in. Catherine is reaching for something inside the Heights and is doing so through a guest. Catherine’s death scene is another event where nature is most apparent. When she died, it was pouring rain and a description of Heathcliff standing in it allowing himself to get soaked, “He was there - at least a few yards further in the park; leant against an old ash tree, his hat off, and his hair soaked with the dew that had gathered on the budding branches, and fell pattering round him” (Bronte