Book by:Emily Brontë
Angel Brake: English IV
The book starts off with the narrator Lockwood but as the story advances the narrator changes to the housekeeper Nelly Dean. Nelly Dean gives them a flashback of the characters and the events that happens in their life. The flashback that she gives includes the downfalls in the character's relationships. The main relationship that Ms. Dean gives a lot of description on is Catherine, Heathcliff, and Edgar. Catherine was in a relationship with both of these men;she could not decided who she wanted to be with. She wanted to be with Edgar because of what he had but she wanted to be with Heathcliff because she really loved him. Before Catherine dies, she has a child named Cathy by Edgar;Cathy grows up and is in love with her cousin Hareton. Soon after, Heathcliff also becomes very ill and passes away his only wish is to be buried next to Catherine and his wish comes true.
About 3 Characters
"He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows, as I rode up, and when his fingers sheltered themselves, with a jealous resolution, still further in his waistcoat, as I announced my name."(1). This quote is telling how Heathcliff appearance looks at first. He was very suspicious looking.
"On my inquiring the subject of his thoughts, he answered gravely ‘I’m trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back. I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last. I hope he will not die before I do!’"(76). This quote is telling that Heathcliff was plotting to seek revenge on Hindley. He wanted to have Catherine to himself and no one else. This quote supports the first quote of Heathcliff being suspicious.
"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!’"(238). This quote shows that Heathcliff is a mean man. He was in charge of Hareton when Hindley died and he is now being mean to Hareton. He is not as suspicious anymore because he knows that everyone knows about how he is.
"He has been blaming our father (how dared he?) for treating H. too liberally; and swears he will reduce him to his right place"(28). This quote is explaining that Hindley is starting the whole revenge thing with Heathcliff.
"So, from the very beginning, he bred bad feeling in the house; and at Mrs. Earnshaw’s death, which happened in less than two years after, the young master had learned to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend, and Heathcliff as a usurper of his parent’s affections and his privileges; and he grew bitter with brooding over these injuries."(48) This quote is saying that Hindley was feeling very bad for the death of Mrs. Earnshaw. He was feeling this way before that he saw Heathcliff come into the room.
"...they forgot everything the minute they were together again: at least the minute they had contrived some naughty plan of revenge..."(58). This quote is explaining that Hindley could not take the pain of how he knew he was treated as a child and now he can't take the pain of seeking revenge on Heathcliff.
"She was much too fond of Heathcliff. The greatest punishment we could invent for her was to keep her separate from him: yet she got chided more than any of us on his account." (53). This quote is explaining that Catherine was really in love with Heathcliff. She did not care what the punishment would be for being with him.
"The ledge, where I placed my candle, had a few mildewed books piled up in one corner; and it was covered with writing scratched on the paint. This writing, however, was nothing but a name repeated in all kinds of characters, large and small CATHERINE EARNSHAW, here and there to CATHERINE HEATHCLIFF, and then again to CATHERINE LINTON."(25). This quote is explaining how Catherine was pondering about how she was going to have a child one day with Heathcliff or Edgar. She ending up having a baby with Edgar.
"‘I never saw Heathcliff last night,’ answered Catherine, beginning to sob bitterly: ‘and if you do turn him out of doors, I’ll go with him. But, perhaps, you’ll never have an opportunity: perhaps, he’s gone.’"(111). This quote explains that when Heathcliff left Catherine she felt lost. She felt that she could not live without him in her life, now she did not know what to do.
Betrayal is relationships is the theme shown here. "‘What is it to you?’ he growled. ‘I have a right to kiss her, if she chooses; and you have no right to object. I am not YOUR husband: YOU needn’t be jealous of me!’"(143). This quote represents betrayal in relationships. Catherine was jealous of Heathcliff when she was married to Edgar. This quote is represented throughout the book because Catherine is constantly talking to Heathcliff while married to Edgar.
Suffering is a theme shown throughout the book."Heathcliff gradually fell back into the shelter of the bed, as I spoke; finally sitting down almost concealed behind it. I guessed, however, by his irregular and intercepted breathing, that he struggled to vanquish an excess of violent emotion."(35). This quote represents suffering. Throughout the book suffering takes place between health and relationships.
The Victorian Era
Wuthering Heights was written during the Victorian Era. This book relates to the Victorian Age because the ideas that happen in the text are realistic ideas. In the book there are many family and relationship problems. These are ideas that take place in everyday life that we all can relate to. ""Have you considered how you’ll bear the separation, and how he’ll bear to be quite deserted in the world? Because, Miss Catherine."(103)." This a quote that explains why it comes from the Victorian Age. Catherine was facing the idea of separation from Heathcliff and marrying Edgar. These are challenges humans face today.
A poem connection
By: Emily Bronte
COLD in the earth–and the deep snow piled above thee,
Far, far removed, cold in the dreary grave!
Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee,
Sever’d at last by Time’s all-severing wave?
Now, when alone, do my thoughts no longer hover
Over the mountains, on that northern shore,
Resting their wings where heath and fern-leaves cover
Thy noble heart for ever, ever more?
Cold in the earth–and fifteen wild Decembers
From those brown hills have melted into spring:
Faithful, indeed, is the spirit that remembers
After such years of change and suffering!
Sweet Love of youth, forgive, if I forget thee,
While the world’s tide is bearing me along;
Other desires and other hopes beset me,
Hopes which obscure, but cannot do thee wrong!
No later light has lighten’d up my heaven,
No second morn has ever shone for me;
All my life’s bliss from thy dear life was given,
All my life’s bliss is in the grave with thee.
But when the days of golden dreams had perish’d,
And even Despair was powerless to destroy;
Then did I learn how existence could be cherish’d,
Strengthen’d and fed without the aid of joy.
Then did I check the tears of useless passion–
Wean’d my young soul from yearning after thine;
Sternly denied its burning wish to hasten
Down to that tomb already more than mine.
And, even yet, I dare not let it languish,
Dare not indulge in memory’s rapturous pain;
Once drinking deep of that divinest anguish,
How could I seek the empty world again?
This poem is related to the book Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. The poem has the theme of love. The woman in the poem is still in love with her husband even though he died at battle at war. This relates to the theme of love in Wuthering Heights. Most of the characters in the book were in love with other people. Even though sometimes they would betray each other they still had love for each other.
This painting is by John Lamb. This painting represents a family. In the book Wuthering Heights they had different families. The families stuck with each other in all the situations. This painting also has a mother, father, and a child. This was present in the book also. Catherine wanted to make sure that she had a child and named her Cathy to complete her family.
My Opinion on the Book
The book Wuthering Heights was an interesting book. The author made some choices that I liked and some that I did not like. One of the choices that I liked was making the text easy to relate to with the characters relationships. "Have you considered how you’ll bear the separation, and how he’ll bear to be quite deserted in the world? Because, Miss Catherine?"(103). This quote shows that the ideas that were present in the text were things that we could relate to such as separation and marriages. One thing that I did not like about the text was the main characters dying at the end of the text. "I sought, and soon discovered, the three headstones on the slope next the moor: on middle one grey, and half buried in the heath; Edgar Linton’s only harmonized by the turf and moss creeping up its foot; Heathcliff’s still bare"(428). Overall, I enjoyed reading the book because most things that occurred in the book I could relate to or look up to find more understanding about it.