Caleigh Findley

I would have to say that this section is probably one of the saddest, and most aggravating parts of the novel so far. Characterization played a huge role in developing the plot and building the tension in individual relationships. Honestly, I gained a whole new level of hatred for Heathcliff. When he was with Catherine, he showed a more sentimental and human side, but now that she is dead there is nothing left of him except a bitter, spiteful person whom holds hatred for practically everyone around him. His son, Linton, is a pathetic excuse for a human being. He is cowardly, clinging to young Catherine to protect him from Heathcliff, as if she could actually do anything to protect him. Even after Heathcliff beat Catherine, Linton still begged her to stay and protect him, not even caring for her well being. Catherine is truly a warm-hearted, but terribly naive child who has now been pulled into this old school forced marriage with Linton, of which she is determined to make the best of but in all reality is quite miserable. Nelly is equally as helpless, being a servant she has no power or control over anyone in the situation. Heathcliff wouldn’t even let her work as a servant in his house after Edgar died, which was rather cruel. I think he truly did that to rob Catherine of any lingering hope or comfort. He despises Catherine simply because she is Edgar’s daughter, and despises Nelly because she served Edgar and his interests, therefore he has to make both of them suffer. Hareton and Joseph are very much the same in that they are innocuous characters that choose to lash out every now and then. Nelly still holds a special place in her heart for Hareton, but I got the impression that her feelings towards him faded away after she escaped Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff ultimately controls every person in the novel, simply because they are afraid of him.

This old school arranged marriage between Catherine and Linton is eerie to say the least. Linton is completely under the control of Heathcliff, and because of that Linton now treats Catherine even worse than he used to. He expects her to accept the fact that everything that was once her’s now belongs to him, and she has to do everything he says and yet still be happy and care for him and not cry. If Catherine doesn’t lose her mind all over this kid and kill him, I’ll be shocked. She doesn’t have it in her now, but if this continues then she is gonna lose every last bit of innocence left in her, and it will all be replaced with resentment for Linton. Besides, this kid is pathetic. All he does is cry and beg Catherine to take care of him, he muddles in his sorrows like the child he is, and really has no grounds to boss Catherine around. If anything, she should be controlling him cause she is a lot stronger then he is. But Heathcliff has given Linton an inflated sense of power, which will hopefully come crashing down. Catherine is truly the victim in all of this; she just lost her father, she’s a prisoner at Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff beat her, she’s being forced to marry Linton, and her only friend Nelly has also now been taken from her. It doesn’t get much more unfair then that.

I think its interesting that all of this is being told from the perspective of Nelly, the servant. Why not Heathcliff? After all he is the main player in the novel. I think Bronte is trying to give a neutral perspective to the story, so that the reader can see the events from all angels. Sure, it would be very interesting to hear what Heathcliff was thinking, but at the same time his actions speak loud enough. Nelly plays a neutral like character in the novel, and by having her narrate it leaves the reader to develop their own opinions and ideas about the characters and the plot.


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