Tori Kachel 3rd Quarter Post

In this section, we are further introduced to Heathcliff’s son (Linton) and Cathy’s daughter’s (Cathy) relationship. Both of their characters are highly flawed, as stays with the style of the book. 

 

Second Cathy has been a very sheltered child. Her father, Edgar, raised her on the Grange her whole life, and she was never allowed to leave the property. She was also told nothing of Heathcliff or of Wuthering Heights. She was very rebellious, and through a series of events, met her cousins Linton and Earnshaw, and also Heathcliff. Heathcliff learns that Edgar, the only person that Cathy has had her whole life, is dying, and essentially kidnaps Cathy and tells her that she will not be able to be with him as he dies unless she marries Linton. She detests Linton’s spinelessness, and refuses, but eventually gives in, only for her to miss her father’s death anyway. 

Linton, Heathcliff’s son, is kind of the oposite of Cathy. he was raised from the time he was ten by a father that hated him, and by unaffectionate and horrible servants. Heathcliff abused him, both verbally and physically, until Linton was really nothing more than a very sickly child in the very sickly body of a 19 year old. He dies soon after he and Cathy are married. While he was alive, however, he used Cathy for her kindness, and he kept her at his sickbed instead of her father’s, where she should have been, in his selfishness. 

 

On of the main themes that I see throughout this novel that I have not seen brought up many times is Selfishnesses. If everyone had been less selfish, and more of a normal human being, much heartbreak could have been prevented. 

Tori Kachel 2nd Quarter Post

These chapters were very eventful- Heathcliff ran away with Isabella (or maybe the other way around) Cathy died, and Cathy was born. Heathcliff and Isabella had a child also, who was sent to live with Edgar when Isabella died. 

There was a lot of character development in these chapters- to a much greater degree than I expected. I have figured out by now that Wuthering Heights is one of those books where it is normal to hate every single character- it is more true to life in that there is no such thing as a flawless character. 

The first Cathy is beyond selfish, disregarding the fact that she is married to a loving and doting man and is very pregnant with a child, and choosing to starve herself to death because of Heathcliff. There is not a thing wrong in her life, but she is constantly whining and complaining as if her life were some sort of living hell just because she (willingly, might I add) married a man who isn’t Heathcliff. 

Heathcliff is no better. He is a terrible person and never can make light of anything, especially not after Cathy’s death. He seems to delight in making everyone just as miserable as he is, all of the time. Some people, i have learned, pity Heathcliff, and say that his character is worthy of pity, but I strongly disagree. Whenever anybody tries to help him, Heathcliff just curses them away, and won’t listen in the least. 

Everything that happened to him is his own fault. 

Sara S.

Caleigh,

I agree with you that this ending was very satisfying as well as surprising. Reading the novel, I didn’t know how Bronte could possibly end the book without matching the rest of the violent and depressing nature of the story, so this ending definitely was welcome.

I also agree with you about the three major themes of the novel. I think that if we had to categorize them, they would be violence, love, and revenge (like you said). All three of these themes truly drove the characters actions at one point or another in the book and I think you hit the nail on the head when relating all the relationships and actions. I think that almost all the characters in the novel had these emotions of violence, love, and revenge come out of them, though some more than others. Like you said, Heathcliff was the epitome of violence, but Catherine had violent outbursts, as did young Catherine in regards to Heathcliff. All the characters fell in love or loved someone in the novel and this emotion drove the characters to have feelings of revenge because most of them did not love whom they chose until the afterlife, so they wanted revenge on the person that took their love away from them.

I think that the only way to end the book was to make Heathcliff die. Before the book ended, I was trying to think of the possible outcomes and I only thought that somehow Heathcliff would die. I didn’t think that would lead to the living characters finally finding happiness and the dead characters to finally be at peace in the afterlife. I agree with you that this provided the characters to move on and deal with the past events of their lives.

I hope you enjoyed the book as much as I did!

-Sara

Caleigh Findley

This was a very satisfying, well done ending in my opinion. I really didn’t see where the book was gonna end, but I like the peaceful nature that the book ended on, seemed to truly juxtapose the rather violent nature of the rest of the novel.

Honestly, looking over the entirety of the book, the major themes were violence, love, and revenge. Heathcliff was the epitome of violence, it governed everything he did. As a result of that, everyone he came in contact with then fell victim to violence. Also, the deaths in the book were violent, whether emotionally or visually. Catherine’s death was violently emotional for Heathcliff, nearly drove him off the edge.  Love and hatred were juxtaposed in the many love sagas and triangles that enveloped the book. Heathcliff loved Catherine, and hated Edgar. Edgar loved little Catherine, and hated Heathcliff. Young Catherine hated Heathcliff and loved Hareton and Nelly. These relationships offered the major frame work for the novel. Revenge was the motivation behind the characters actions in the book. Edgar wanted revenge on Heathcliff for taking Catherine from him, so he kept young Catherine and Linton from going to Wuthering Heights, or at least attempted to do so. Heathcliff wanted revenge on Edgar for taking Catherine away from him, so he took Linton away and then took young Catherine away by making her marry Linton, in an attempt to make Edgar die alone. Young Catherine wanted revenge on Heathcliff, so she fell in love with Hareton and tried to turn Hareton against Heathcliff. All three major themes played a massive role in providing framework for the novel and explaining some of the outlandish actions of the characters.

The ending was satisfying because it tied off all the loose ends, and held a underlying symbolism. Since Heathcliff represented all evil, and played along the lines of a devil archetype, when he died it took all the hate and anger out of the novel. Right after he dies, Catherine and Hareton get together and Heathcliff finds Catherine in the afterlife and they are both at peace. The reader gets the sense that now that all of the fighting and hard feelings have died, everyone can finally move on and come to terms with past events.

Sara S.

Wow! I think this book ended exactly the way it should have! I wasn’t expecting the novel to finish as it did, but I thought it was very appropriate. Before I continue about the ending though, let me go back to the beginning of the section and comment.

At the beginning of this section, I liked how the story was finally wrapping up and returning to the present. I enjoyed Mrs. Dean’s tale, but I wanted it to end because it started to get aggravating due to Heathcliff’s behavior and I wanted to know how everything was going to end. The opening chapter, though, was very depressing and continued the sad note from the previous chapters. Catherine is miserable and acting out readily. She is purposefully doing and saying things that will tick Heathcliff off, but who can blame her: everyone and everything she knew has been taken away from her and she’s been forced into an unwilling marriage. To top things off, Linton dies in this chapter, and even though she was not fond of him, he really was the only person left that she somewhat cared about.

After this, the book revisits the present-day and we find out that Lockwood has recovered from his cold. Upon hearing Heath cliff’s history through, Lockwood decides to go to Wuthering Heights. At this point in the book, I wasn’t sure what he was trying to accomplish. Obviously he delivered a letter to Catherine from Mrs. Dean and he talked to Heathcliff about his renting, but it seemed like he wanted to go sweep Cathy off her feet and found the situation not as he liked. I don’t know though, what do you think? Do you believe that Lockwood had another agenda he did not accomplish? I also found it surprising that Lockwood decided to move away from Thrushcross Grange. Why do you think he did this?

Then the book shifts into a year later and Lockwood has returned Gimmerton, where Wuthering Heights and his previous home are located. At this point in the book, I got really excited because I knew something had to change with the characters since Lockwood returned. Once he makes it to Wuthering Heights, we find that Mrs. Dean there, Heathcliff dead, and Catherine and Hareton are in love with each other. All these events were very surprising, but all exhilarating because, finally, the characters are all happy.

I found it odd, however, the peculiarity of Heathcliff’s death. He wasn’t ill with any sort of sickness or disease and he did not hurt himself in anyway. He just wouldn’t eat anything or sleep. I thought his death seemed similar to Catherine’s, which would make sense since they had some sort of connection with each other. I also think that Catherine was haunting him, like he asked, and she freaked him out enough to just wither away into nothingness in order to be together again. These are just my assumptions, but what do you think?

Overall, my favorite part of this novel was the relationship between young Catherine and Hareton. I liked this so much because I didn’t think that anything would happen between the two. I think it surprised me so much because the pairing of them actually fit well together. Also, my other favorite part is the very end where Heathcliff and Catherine are seen together, as ghosts, walking through the hills of Wuthering Heights.

Sara S.

Caleigh,

This was one of the most saddest and aggravating sections of the book. I agree with you that, at this point in the novel, I can’t stand Heathcliff anymore. At first, I thought he was just an underdog and would become a respectable and nice guy, but his hatred for everything just consumed him and turned him into an abusive man. Also, concerning Linton, I think that Heathcliff and Linton are somewhat alike, yet the antithesis of each other because while Heathcliff is demanding and powerful, Linton is weak and pathetic which shows the opposites of the two characters, though, they are similar because they both have only one emotion in them that drive themselves; Heathcliff revenge; Linton childness. Now, as for young Catherine, I truly love her because she is the strongest character out of them all, though she cannot sometimes assert her authoritative personality due to Heathcliff’s powerful nature. I do agree with you that she is naïve, but I think out of all the characters she could really turn out to be something. Nelly is another favorite of mine because throughout the novel she has been the level-headed character, but she cannot do anything meaningful due to her status, though she certainly tries.  As for the arranged marriage, I could hardly stand that Catherine didn’t fight against it. While the circumstances were hard, I would have tried to do everything in my power to not allow it to happen.

Going off this, the marriage was pretty creepy because Catherine did not have a choice, it was be married or die. I think that Linton feels like he has a control over her because Heathcliff tells him he does. In my post, I stated that Heathcliff was like the devil because everyone obeys him and his power corrupts all the rest of the characters. While I agree that Catherine might do something hurtful to Linton, I do not think she will kill him. I think that Linton will probably die because of his illness and Catherine will either, die like her mother, kill herself, or somehow manage to run away.

You bring up a great point! I never focused on the narration more than that I liked that Nelly was the narrator, but it’s a good question because Heathcliff is the main character, not Nelly. I think that Bronte did this because, like you said, she wanted to provide a neutral perspective to the story, especially since Nelly is telling the story to Lockwood. Also, I think she did this because Nelly’s characterization is more nice and trustworthy in nature that it would be easier to believe, rather than Heathcliff telling it. I think if Bronte made Heathcliff the main narrator, readers would not know what was truth or what was false because Heathcliff is a character many do not trust.

-Sara