• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Critics suggest that Wuthering Heights is a novel concerned with boundaries. Explore the effect of these boundaries in relation to the relationship of Catherine and Heathcliff.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Critics suggest that 'Wuthering Heights' is a novel concerned with boundaries. Explore the effect of these boundaries in relation to the relationship of Catherine and Heathcliff. Throughout 'Wuthering Heights', physical and metaphorical boundaries are crucial in communicating Emily Bront�'s moral messages about the position of women in 19th Century society and the barriers separating individuals of different social status. Both of these themes are conveyed by the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff as Catherine is forced to forsake her true love and instead marry Edgar Linton because he is socially acceptable, "And he will be rich, and I shall like to be the greatest woman of the neighbourhood, and I shall be proud of having such a husband" and Heathcliff is of lower social standing, "It would degrade [Catherine] to marry Heathcliff". The social barrier between Heathcliff and Catherine manifests itself in a myriad of ways during the novel and is eventually broken by Hareton and Cathy- the new generation of residents on the moors. ...read more.

Middle

element of 'love at first sight' as such a clich�d idea would demean the love which Bront� crafts to be as 'eternal as the rocks beneath'. Bront� conveys how even the most powerful of love can be repressed by the restraints of society by separating Catherine and Heathcliff in both physical and metaphorical senses, Bront� utilises windows as as a barrier which neither Heathcliff nor Catherine can penetrate; Heathcliff can only look on lovingly as Catherine socialises with the bourgeois class in Thrushcross Grange, and Catherine is unable to escape from the same building when she longs to be out on the moors with Heathcliff. The idea that the boundaries of society are broken by the love of Hareton and Cathy is corroborated by the fact that when Lockwood revisits Wuthering Heights at the conclusion of the novel "both doors and lattices were open"; furthermore, when Cathy is imprisoned there by Heathcliff she is able to escape through her mother's bedroom window, an act which her mother was unable to undertake- fittingly because the bourgeois (Edgar Linton) ...read more.

Conclusion

can only be hindered in a physical sense- even in death Catherine and Heathcliff are more unified than Catherine and Edgar ever were. The boundaries surrounding Heathcliff and Catherine are vastly important as both a plot device and as a tool with which Bront� conveys her moral messages about prejudice and segregation in the patriarchal British society she lived in. Bront� uses windows as a metaphor for the way women and individuals of lower social hierarchy could only gaze upon the luxuries and rights afforded to those more privileged than themselves; these windows also symbolise the tragic nature of Catherine and Heathcliff's love- the fact they are ultimately the same person but are physically unable to coexist as a result of the boundaries imposed on them by the conventionality and protocol which permeated their lives. However, the new generation at Wuthering Heights is able to destroy these conventions and convey Bront�'s idea that the barriers of prejudice and discrimination can be broken by bravery and determination- a concept which was soon to be validated after Bront�'s tragic death. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Emily Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

This is a fluently written essay which could have been excellent if it had focussed more on the text. It makes some valid points but does not always back these with relevant textual evidence and analysis. The argument could have been explored in more depth if a distinction had been made between WH and TG. A consideration of the moors might be useful too.

Marked by teacher Roz Shipway 30/11/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Emily Bronte essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Gothic Elements of Wuthering Heights

    3 star(s)

    When Lockwood enters Wuthering Heights he tries to interpret what he sees but none of the signs prove readable. The 'cats' are dead rabbits, the dogs 'four footed fiends'; Heathcliff is equally well described as 'gypsy' and 'gentleman'; Hareton can be fitted into a category either as servant or master;

  2. Discuss the nature of love between Heathcliff and Catherine

    The love between those two couples is a strong one, and quiet unbreakable. "Catherine made a spring, and he caught her, and they were locked in an embrace from which I thought my mistress would never be released alive". This is one of the most romantic scenes of the novel.

  1. Wuthering Heights - is Heathcliffe a fiend from hell or a victim of social ...

    of my immortal love; of my wild endeavours to hold my right; my degradation, my pride, my happiness and my anguish." Heathcliff's ability to recognise the similarities between him and Hareton shows his less satanic side and proves that he is not the creator of evil but rather the victim of it.

  2. Is Catherine Earnshaw a Typical Victorian Woman or a Modern Woman?

    During this era, a woman married only for money and for social-class and their suitor was often chosen by their fathers or brothers if the former was deceased. This is evident in ?Wuthering Heights? as although, he doesn?t choose Linton for his sister, Hindley does wish that she will marry him and therefore gives his permission.

  1. Is Catherine Earnshaw a Nineteenth Century Heroine?

    has not devoted her life to just one man, which would have been expected of her, but that she has perhaps been promiscuous in her love affairs, which again points to the rebellious and non-conforming characteristics present in a nineteenth century heroine.

  2. Outsiders and Outcasts in "Wuthering Heights"

    The limited geographical world of the novel links with how Bronte herself did not enjoy the experience of travelling from home, and her limited experience of travel and her lack of desire to do so are then reflected in the way the outside world and its representatives are viewed with suspicion.

  1. How is dialogue represented in "Wuthering heights"?

    Furthermore to add to this, as Lockwood looks around even joseph is busy feeding the dogs while he stands in this eerie house feeling unwelcomed and inferior to the animals. These extracts are from the beginning of chapter one, so therefore we are still being introduced to the characters of the book.

  2. Edgar Linton has more right than Heathcliff to be called the hero in "Wuthering ...

    In addition to the former points, a classical hero must be a perfectly ideal individual but for one fatal flaw.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work