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Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights Adheela Rafique With close reference to chapter eight - twelve discuss the contrast, which Emily Bronte creates between Heathcliff and Edgar, and suggest its significance for Cathy. The contrast between Edgar and Heathcliff is central to the novel's plot as it leads to the breakdown of Cathy, who is the main character of the novel. Contrasts between Edgar and Heathcliff are made throughout the novel by Nelly 'beside whom my master'. Other contrasts in the novel are those such as when Lockwood first arrives at Wuthering Heights and meets Heathcliff. When he first arrives at Wuthering Heights, he describes Heathcliff as a 'capital fellow!' Lockwood introduces himself and hopes he has not 'inconvenienced' Heathcliff in a light tone of voice. In total comparison to Heathcliff who says, "Thrushcross Grange is my own sir". Another contrast is between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, and the contrast between Wuthering Heights present and Wuthering Heights past is another comparison. The two men differ a lot, which is clear through Bronte's use of language and Nelly's description of the story. Heathcliff has changed for the worse as he: "took a grim pleasure, apparently, in exciting the aversion rather than the esteem of his few acquaintance". This is because he had 'lost the benefit of his early education'. In comparison to Edgar Linton who had "best attempts at civility". ...read more.


Through Bronte's language, we get the impression that Heathcliff has grown up in thoughts and feelings whilst Edgar is still 'youthlike'. Heathcliff is associated with landscape 'bleak hilly, coal' the fact that he is compared to landscape shows he is part of Wuthering Heights, 'coal' is essential for living, and suggests that Heathcliff is essential to Cathy for living. In comparison to Linton who is linked with feminists such as, 'foliage in the woods' which suggests that he is not a permanent part of her life, not 'eternal' as Heathcliff. Heathcliff humiliates Edgar 'this lamb of yours threatens me like a bull'. Heathcliff is confident around Linton 'its skull against my bones' and not worth knocking down' he feels he can hurt him a lot. The reader knows that he is weak, as he has to 'fetch the men'. When Cathy and Heathcliff make fun of Edgar it is, more aggressive and insulting than when Bronte compares Edgar to weak things. Edgar always had what he wanted; it was not difficult for him to get something for example, money. In contrast to Heathcliff who has had to fight, for example when he wanted to exchange horses he blackmailed Hindley. Perhaps without his bad experience of childhood he would have been a better person. Heathcliff and Linton have many differences according to their outlook, temperament because of their social background. ...read more.


Nelly questions her feelings when she is 'disturbed' and 'anxious', Cathy describes Linton as 'handsome' and 'pleasant to be with'. This shows that she is unsure of the marriage; she knows she needs to make a decision and decides to marry Edgar, as he is rich: 'If there be any, they are out of my way: I have seen none like Edgar' This suggests that she marries Linton plainly for the reason that he is rich, she does seem to be confident but: "'Here! and here!' replied Catherine, striking one hand on her forehead, and the other on her breast, 'in whichever place the soul lives. In my soul and in my heart, I'm convinced I'm wrong!'" she is physically confused about her feelings, she is unsure of what she has done; at this point she still does not know she loves Heathcliff. Cathy initially makes herself ill, as she wants to 'scare him'; Cathy is frightened of the choice she has to make again; between Edgar and Heathcliff. When she was separated from Heathcliff her past seven years became a blank "the whole last seven years of my life grew a blank!" "My miser arose from the separation that Hindley had ordered between me and Heathcliff." She feels that she cannot stay away from Heathcliff and as a result feels death is the answer. Bronte was very creative and her novel has a love triangle in it, but is much more interesting than a modern day romantic novel. These ideas make Wuthering Heights a remarkably extraordinary novel. ...read more.

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