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

Wuthering Heights - How does Bront present Catherine

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Adeebah Iqbal Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights How does Brontë present Catherine in Chapter 12, pages 122-124? Catherine earnshaw is one of the most significant characters in Wuthering Heights, as the novel is based on her uncontrollable, passionate love for Heathcliff, and its devastating consequences. Therefore, Brontë displays Catherine in many ways, for example in her youth she is shown as strong-willed, carefree and rebellious. However, in the chosen extract Cathy is shown as highly agitated and delusional. Much of the language and structure in the extract shows dimensions of Cathy's character, and the feelings which she is experiencing, as well as reflecting the attitudes and values seen in Victorian times. The syntax throughout the extract is one of long complex sentences; for example the paragraph beginning "a minute previously she was violent..." is one sentences separated by punctuation. It is not rare for this syntax to be used in Victorian novel as it was commonly used by Victorian authors. The novel focuses on the mysterious connection Cathy feels with Heathcliff, who is her soul mate and more herself then she is. However, upon seeking higher status Cathy breaks the connection and marries Edgar Linton, consequently the line "That's a Turkey's, she murmured to herself," shows the deep isolation she feel upon leaving Heathcliff. ...read more.

Middle

The magnificence of nature is also shown in the line "the down is flying about like snow!" this deep imagery has assonance in the 'o' sound. This is a euphonic sound and thus reflects the majesty of nature. There is a semantic field of death in this paragraph, for example "Shot," "Skeletons," "shoot" and "red." This suggests that Cathy's death is impending. It shows that her separation from Heathcliff is the cause of her death and thus shows the inexplicable bond they share. Furthermore, it suggests that Cathy is aware of her impending death; this is representative of attitudes and values in Victorian times, as they held an acute fascination of death. The close relationship between Cathy and Nelly is seen in the way that Nelly addresses Cathy. "Give over with the baby work!" shows Nelly bossing Catherine playfully and speaking to her much as a mother would treat her daughter. Although at the time most servants would not address their mistress in this manner, Nelly is an exception as she was Cathy's foster sister and reared her from an early age after her mother died. Cathy is shown as a hysterical woman; she talks "dreamily" and hallucinates throughout the passage. This stereotype of a "hysterical woman" was a common conception in Victorian times as women were regarded as out of control, and should, therefore, be controlled by their fathers or husbands. ...read more.

Conclusion

For example here Cathy wants to get out but at the beginning of the novel when she appears to Lockwood she is trying to get in through the window. This is because a window is a barrier, and Wuthering Heights is about breaking barriers and taboos, for example falling in love with someone who is below your status and an outsider. Also Cathy then asks Nelly to "let her have one breath," this shows how she is metaphorically suffocating under her marriage to Edgar. Bronte uses Pathos to invoke a deep sympathy from the reader for Cathy as she struggles between following her hear and staying within the limits of what is acceptable in Victorian attitudes and values. The words "a cold blast" are mono-syllabic as they allow you to feel the air as it hits Catherine's face, and also they forma contrast to the long words previously used, this reflects the suffocation of marriage compared to the carefree wind of the moors. Finally, the line "our fiery Catherine was no better than a wailing child" reflects the change we see in Cathy. She is always shown as rebellious and fiery, however this subverts Victorian attitudes and values towards women, yet once she is married she is no longer "fiery" this shows that marriage turns girls into women that are acceptable to society. In contrast, Cathy is not a liberated into a woman but reduced to a child, the union causes Cathy loses her strong will and passion ...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

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

    Critics suggest that Wuthering Heights is a novel concerned with boundaries. Explore the effect ...

    3 star(s)

    between individuals of diverse geographical and hierarchical origin need to be destroyed. While it is true that Catherine and Heathcliff are unable to marry and live together, Brontë clearly indicates that they are effectively two parts of the same soul, as evidenced by Catherine's famous declaration that "I am Heathcliff!",

  2. Peer reviewed

    Wuthering Heights. The narrative tale tells the story of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet ...

    3 star(s)

    Hindley realised this in time as Nelly narrates 'The young master had learnt to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend, and Heathcliff as an usurper of his parents affection and his privileges, and he grew bitter with brooding over these injuries'.

  1. Compare and contrast the ways women are presented in both 'Wuthering Heights' and 'A ...

    This often culminates in fierce tantrums, for example where 'she stamped her foot, wavered a moment, and then irresistibly impelled by the naughty spirit within her, slapped [Nelly] on the cheek.' This is alarmingly like the behaviour of Isabella Linton who recalls, "I was so vexed, I flung my tray

  2. The position of the female in 19th Century English society was of key import ...

    'love' for Edgar is a superficial one which is forced on her by the demands of the society she lives in. This assessment of the situation is corroborated by Cathy's assertion that "if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it.

  1. Theme of outsiders in both "The Color Purple" and "Wuthering Heights"

    indication of how Bronte was brought up, in Emily's whole life the only places she favoured to go to were her the moors and her home, Emily's isolation and unsociability also affected her story. The setting of the novel is only limited to two dwellings Wuthering heights and Thrushcross grange

  2. Explore the presentation of Heathcliffs journey in Wuthering Heights, in the light of the ...

    so as to insulate her from the pressure of her brothers domination', this shows the possibilities that Heathcliff might have been able to integrate into the Earnshaws and therefore society in turn becoming Catherine's chance for freedom from strict social structure, but because of the base structure of the Victorian Society he is rejected.

  1. Outsiders and Outcasts in "Wuthering Heights"

    â This battle between the two men to posses Cathy inevitably results in her death. Although Heathcliff has the appearance and manners of a gentleman, the revenge he plans is diabolical, and though she loves him, Cathy is not fooled, when she and Heathcliff meet for the last time she

  2. How is "Wuthering Heights " a Gothic Novel?

    He is described as a âdark skinned gypsy in aspectâ which clearly implies foreign roots, thus cementing his mysterious and ominous presence. CHAPTER 3 Lockwood has to be quiet as the maid is taking him to a room Heathcliff doesnât allow people into Haunting/imprisonment â someone has been locked up

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