Wuthering Heights (comments)

The plot is designed in three parts: Chapters 1-3, Introduction; Chapters 4 (Volume 1) to chapter16 (Volume 2), Nelly’s report of the story; last four chapters, Hareton and Cathy’s relationship. In general, The plot is dense and fast moving.
The first three chapters take place in 1801, when Mr. Lockwood meet Heathcliff (his landlord) in Wuthering Heights. There, he also meets Hareton Earnshaw, Cathy Linton, Joseph and Zillah. The strange behaviour of the inhabitants and his nightmare, make him feel curiosity about them. Back in Thrushcross Grange, he asks his servant, Nelly, to tell the story of Heathcliff’s life.
From chapter 4 (Vol.1) to chapter 17 (Vol.2), Nelly ...

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where he observes the growing love between Cathy and Hareton (chapter17, Vol.2). Lockwood comes back some months later and Nelly tells him the end of the story, which is also the end of Heathcliff, and the future wedding of Hareton and Cathy.

Mr. Earnshaw found him in Liverpool and he took him to Wuthering Heights. His origins are unknown and this gives him an air of mystery.
As a child, the first impressions we get of him are through Nelly’s words; for her, he is “a dirty, ragged, black-haired child”, “as dark almost as if it came from the devil” (chapter 4,vol.1). But, as an adult, Mr. Lockwood describes him as “a dark-skinned gypsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman”(chapter1, vol.1) and he also tell us that “he had an erect and handsome figure” (chapter 1,vol.1). Those descriptions are contradictory but it is due to the author ambiguous treatment of Heathcliff; we are sympathetic to ...

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man, but at the same time coward and weak. He is one of the main objects of Heathcliff’s revenge. Through Nelly’s eyes, we usually see his positive qualities but through Heathcliff and sometimes Catherine, he looks insipid and paltry. He is a victim and must suffer because Catherine chooses him rather than her true love.
The dislike we feel toward him at the beginning turns into pity when he marries Catherine. He represents conventional things, civilisation.

Isabella Linton
Isabella is similar to her brother although she seems stronger because she defies conventions and marries Heathcliff, and later, she has the courage to abandon him. She is more passionate than her ...

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