Ashley Cooper English IV
The novel is about people and the ups and downs of their relationships. It starts of with a man named Lockwood telling a story about people at Wuthering Heights and the narrator changes to an housekeeper named Nelly who tells a long flashback of how the history of the people at Wuthering Heights. She starts off by telling how a girl name Cathering and a boy named Heathcliff were madly in love with each other when they were young but all of that changes once she meets a man named Edgar. She ends up leaving Heathcliff for Edgar because he as more money and they get married. Then Catherine gets very sick and dies but before she dies, she has a baby named Cathy. When she dies Cathy grows up and ends up falling in love with Heathcliff son Hareton Linton but then he dies. She then falls in love with her cousin Hareton and end the end everyone dies except Cathy, Hareton, and Nelly.
Three Major Characters
Heathcliff: In this novel one of the main characters named Heathcliff developed a lot throughout from the beginning to the end because he started off as a very nice and loving person but became very mean and selfish after being hurt. Then at the end, we has about to die, he changed again and realized everything that he had done wrong. An example of him showing viloence is "[Heathcliff] seized, and thrust [Isabella] from the room; and returned muttering – "I have no pity! I have no pity! The more the worms writhe, the more I yearn to crush out their entrails! It is a moral teething; and I grind with greater energy in proportion to the increase of pain." (14.39-41). An example of him being compasionate is "I cannot look down to this floor, but her features are shaped on the flags! In every cloud, in every tree filling the air at night, and caught by glimpses in every object by day . . . my own features mock me with a resemblance. The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her." (33.62).
Catherine: In this novel another one of the main characters named Catherine aslo developed alot from the beginning to the moment she died. She started out being love with Heathcliff, but then her true colors started to show and she married someone else because of his money. Because of the choices she made, she became very misirble and sick and did not live long. For example, she blames other people for things that she did “I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen, and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him”. “I have not broken your heart - you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine”. Throughout the novel she has only cared about herself and she never takes credit for the bad things she has done.
Hindly: "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.
A theme in this story is Love, because all of the characters have loved someone else at one point in the story and they all have a connection to each other through because of different relationships. "‘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 shows a character who is inlove with someone but the person does not feel the same way.
Another theme in this story is revenge because Heathcliff is very upset that Catherine no longer wants him so now he wants to kill people that she loves. "I meditated this plan – just to have one glimpse of your face, a stare of surprise, perhaps, and pretended pleasure; afterwards settle my score with Hindley". He is trying to kill Hindley because she knows that he has a connection with Catherine and he wants to hurt her.
The Victorian Era
This book was written during the Victorian Era. The reason that I say it relates to the Victorian Era because everything that happened in the book are realistic ideas and I could see them happening in real life. "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.
Poem That Relates to The Victorian Era
Not Death But Love
I thought once how Theocritus had sung
Of the sweet years, the dear and wished-for years,
Who each one in a gracious hand appears
To bear a gift for mortals, old or young:
And, as I mused it in his antique tongue,
I saw, in gradual vision through my tears,
The sweet, sad years, the melancholy years,
Those of my own life, who by turns had flung
A shadow across me. Straightway I was ‘ware,
So weeping, how a mystic Shape did move
Behind me, and drew me backward by the hair;
And a voice said in mastery, while I strove,–
“Guess now who holds thee!”–”Death,” I said, But, there,
The silver answer rang, “Not Death, but Love.”
This poem was written by Elizabeth Browning who was a writer during the victorian era and it relates to the theme of Wuthering Heights because it is about loosing someone who has lost a person that they love.
This painting relates to the victorian age and it relates to wuthering heights because it reminds me of Catherine, Edgar and Cathy. It looks like they are both very unhappy and even the baby does not look happy and that is exactly how these characters are in the book.
I really enjoyed reading this novel because plot had a lot o twists and turns and it kept me very interested. The only thing that I did not like about the book was the beginning of it. It was very hard for me to understand what was going on and I had to get help with understanding what I was reading. For example, in the beginning we are introduced to a character named Catherine but she has different last name so it is hard to understand who the character actually is. "This writing, however, was nothing but a name repeated in all kinds of characters, large and small CATHERINE EARNSHAW, here and thereFree eBooks at Planet eBook.com 25varied to CATHERINE HEATHCLIFF, and then again to CATHERINE LINTON." This quote is showing that Catherine has three different last names but then we later find out that they are two different people. Other than the book being a little confusing, I liked the whole idea of the book and I like the way it ended.