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Wuthering Heights - How does Bront present Catherine

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AS and A Level Emily Bronte

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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

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