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    How is Heathcliff's relationship with Hindley portrayed in chapters one to ten of Wuthering Heights?

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    When Heathcliff and Hindley meet for the first time in Chapter Four, there is hatred between them. This is due to the fact that Hindley's father, Mr Earnshaw, had promised Hindley a fiddle when he visits Liverpool, but on his return the fiddle had been crushed due to the distraction of Heathcliff which causes both Hindley and Cathy to take an immediate dislike to Heathcliff and 'they entirely refused to have it in bed with them'. This shows that Cathy and Hindley don't want anything to do with Heathcliff and dislike him from the beginning because they blamed him for the fiddle being broken.

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  2. Why is Catherine attracted to Heathcliff in chapters 4,5,6&7?

    Even Nelly, the daughter of her nurse, was more Hindley's playmate than Catherine's, as they were closer in age. Therefore when Heathcliff was introduced into the house, she realized that she would finally have a playmate of her own age to cure her loneliness. However on the night of Heathcliff's arrival, she was angry, in her spoilt way that her father had lost the whip she had requested, and so she takes it out on Heathcliff, "grinning and spitting at the stupid little thing". Returning a few days after this incident however, Nelly noted a change and that "Miss Cathy and he were now very thick".

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    The final word, 'Grange', leads the reader to believe that the house is situated in a country setting, surrounded by pretty gardens and well established trees. The first impressions about the two houses are remarkably different. Wuthering Heights first appears as a quite frightening, dark, gloomy place. The front of the house is not very aesthetically pleasing. Above the door there is what Lockwood describes as 'grotesque carvings'. The word 'grotesque' gives the reader the impression of a murky, mysterious, mystical place, with windows deeply set into the walls, giving the reader the concept that the house is almost castle like in its appearance.

    • Word count: 1602
  4. Theme of Violence in Wuthering Heights

    The people in Thrushcross Grange are in a way more civilized and calmer. The storyline of the book basically evolves around the relationship of Catherine and Heathcliff. The theme of violence is mostly shown in Heathcliff's character. All his revenge and brutality towards other character mostly towards Isabella contributes to theme of violence. He acts very violently throughout the book because he was treated very badly by Hindley after Mr Earnshaw died. Heathcliff was not allowed to meet with Catherine and he was made and told to work like a slave. He was not allowed to dine with all the family members and with the inhabitants of the TG...this caused a feeling of revenge in Hc.

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  5. Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange are very different houses. Compare them and the people who live in them.

    One looks like a rough, wild, uninhibited house, and the other is a well tended place, where you would probably guess that the inhabitants are well kept themselves. However, these two houses would intertwine, and its residents end up physically, mentally and emotionally involved in each other's lives. We are first introduced to the residents of Thrushcross Grange when a young Heathcliff and Cathy looked through one of the windows, and saw the two spoilt Linton children, Edgar and Isabella.

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  6. How does Bront use the settings of the novel to enhance our understanding of some of the relationships in 'Wuthering Heights'?

    Her relationship with him is subject to change but her love for Heathcliff is constant. This comparison continues throughout the novel. Heathcliff is 'a bleak, hilly coal country', whilst Edgar is 'a beautiful fertile valley'; these environments show the dissimilarity between the two men and so help us to understand the contrast in the relationships Catherine has with each. Whilst initially, 'a beautiful fertile valley' sounds much more inviting, knowing Catherine's character we know that the dark metaphor for Heathcliff is much closer to her nature.

    • Word count: 1625
  7. Wuthering Heights

    Because of the climate and poor heating Emily had to grow up with many illness's and deaths in her family and her friends as Emily's older sisters Maria and Elizabeth died of tuberculosis before they were fifteen these deaths may have an indication on why Edgar and Linton die of similar illness's. Emily also was exposed to many more illnesses and deaths than an average child as her father was a vicar and in this period vicars visited many ill people.

    • Word count: 1336
  8. Show how Cathy's desire for social status changes her personality throughout her life and to what extent her social position is responsible for the misery and conflict in Chapter 9 of Wuthering Heights.

    'Because he loves me.'' however she does not marry the man she truly loves as he can't give her what she desires. 'It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff.' Throughout Emily Bront�'s novel, Cathy's personality constantly changes, not gradually but in extreme changes. Throughout her childhood, Cathy has been influenced by a lower social status, to be wayward from girl hood but a happy and pleasant child. Nelly quotes in chapter 5, 'a wild wick slip', referring to Cathy. Since Cathy met Edgar her social status and personality has changed.

    • Word count: 1715
  9. Wuthering Heights - In "Wuthering Heights" Emily Bronte explores the good and evil that can exist in human nature. Analyse the techniques Bronte uses to explore this theme

    We have a villain, Heathcliff who is passion driven and wilful. The weather plays a part in Wuthering Heights, with the stormy weather and the endless cold nights, this doesn't create a nice image and shows that it is dark and evil. Through Nelly, Bronte tells us of the brutal acts of evil played on by Hindley. In this particular extract he is physically and mentally tormenting his young son Hareton. We can tell Hareton is terrified of his father when Nelly says he was "squealing and kicking" This relates to the gothic genre of the novel as it seems as if the devil has captured him and he cannot break free.

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  10. How effective is Bront's use of gothic conventions in the opening sections of Wuthering Heights?

    It comes at the same time as the industrial revolution in Britain, which perhaps links it to the fact that the revolution de-humanised society in a way that led it to become so eerie and negative like it is described in Wuthering Heights. The first use of the gothic in this book is the description of Heathcliff in the opening paragraph by Lockwood as he gathers his first impressions on him. He first of all describes the area as a "misanthropist's heaven", suggesting that it is such a dull and pessimistic place that only a person of such disposition would live there.

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  11. Wuthering Hieghts-How effective are the first three chapters as an opening to a novel?

    Bronte was born in 1818, she was the fifth of six children, two of her sisters Charlotte and Anne where also writers. Because Emily had live most of her life in a place like wuthering heights, Emily and her sisters and brother invented their own imaginary worlds, which some of their poems were about, so really wuthering heights is based on what Emily had imagined, non of the characters were based on anyone she knew which is quite amazing because in the book the character of Heathcliff seems so realistic like he had been based on someone real.

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  12. Wuthering Heights

    Catherine is torn between her love for Heathcliff, her desire to be a gentlewoman and her decision to marry the genteel Edgar Linton. This drags almost all the characters in conflict with Heathcliff. Heathcliff's arrival at Wutherng Heights, Hindley's abusive treatment of Heathcliff and Catherine's firt visit to Thrushcross Grange, set the major conflicts in the motion. Catherine and Heathcliff are brought up as brother and sister but they fall deeply in love since childhood. Their love for each other grows as time passes till it becomes undesirable and over the top.

    • Word count: 1554
  13. Like mother Like daughter.

    She wished that she had had just one. "Pretty Linton! I wish you were my brother." Catherine enjoys life and loves her life at Thrushcross Grange where she is happy and lives in a loving atmosphere, which results in her becoming a caring and loving young lady. Cathy showed her loving and caring side when she consented to marry Linton so that she could stay by her father's side and nurse for him while his illness overcame him. Catherine had much more sense about her than her mother did; she knew right from wrong and could effectively control her emotions and her temper, even when confronted be beings such as her tormenter Heathcliff.

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  14. Contrasting Places Reveal Flaws

    Wuthering Heights mirrors the emotion flaws of its inhabitants, who are Passionate, revengeful, strong willed, and uncultivated. Since their childhood days in the Moors surrounding Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Catherine had a passionate love for each other. Catherine testified to her companion Nelly Dean, "I am Heathcliff." In her opinion they were so in love and so intertwined that "Whatever [their] souls are made of, his and [hers] are the same." However Catherine's passion was not expressed solely. Heathcliff was so filled with passion that after Catherine's death he begged her to "be with [him] always," he wanted Catherine to haunt him so that he could never be "without [his] soul."

    • Word count: 1263
  15. Is the Tragedy in Return of the Native and Wuthering Heights due to the author's presentation of the characters or social influences?

    When Clym finds out why Eustacia didn't open the door to his mother he puts all the blame on her. He says, 'You had another man in the house with you - you sent her away to die - the inhumanity - the treachery - do not touch me - stand away and confess'. This shows how disgusted Clym is with his wife and how he doesn't want her anywhere near him. The dashes in the quote emphasise how angry Clym is that he is struggling to say how he feels.

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  16. How does Heathcliff's obsession with Catherine manifest itself?

    Heathcliff, since the incident at Thrushcross Grange, has almost let himself go because Catherine, his companion, had been taken away from him. Despite Catherine remarking how, 'dirty', he looks, Heathcliff is determined to try to impress Catherine which demonstrates his growing obsession. Heathcliff compares himself with Edgar which shows how low his self - esteem is at this point in the narrative. However when Edgar insults Heathcliff's efforts, Heathcliff loses his temper and throws the tureen of hot apple sauce over Edgar, prompting Hindley to beat Heathcliff.

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  17. Emily's Bront's Wuthering Heights

    Heathcliff and Catherine wander beyond the secure gates of Wuthering Heights to a large estate owned by Edgar Linton, Thrushcross Grange. They are spying through one of the windows and are caught by Linton. That difference is almost immeditely underwritten by Mr. Linton's emphatic assertion of race difference. As soon as Catherine and Heathcliff are caught, Mr.Linton takes one look at Heathcliff and defines him as a criminal solely on the basis of his appearance, exclaiming that "the villain scowls so plainly in his face, would it not be a kindness to the country to hang him at once, before he shows his nature in acts, as well as feature?"

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  18. Consider how Emily Bront introduces the reader to the themes of enclosure and the supernatural in the opening three chapters of Wuthering Heights

    She died of Tuberculosis in late 1848. She caught a cold at her brother, Branwell's, funeral in September. Her novel "Wuthering Heights" reflects on her life, as she lived a rough life living in a small house with two sisters in the moors. Moving on the opening of this prestigious novel opens with a specific date, 1801. This specific date "1801" is a similar to a diary so it would make the reader feel more intimately enclosed with Emily Bront�; plus the use of her heavy vocabulary and description makes me feel quite involved with the book and it's characters, yet it cleverly ties you into her grasp so you feel you have to carry on reading.

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  19. Wuthering heights

    Heathcliff is described as an outcast to the rest of the family. At first the children, Hindley and his younger sister Cathy, detest the dark skinned Heathcliff. "Hindleys blows" signify that this brutal child, Hindleys expresses cold and unwanted feelings towards him indulging treacherous behaviour. Catherine on the other hand detests him as much as her brother, she indicates this peevishness by "grinning and spitting" at Heathcliff. The children also show disagreement further on in the night by pursuing that "they will not have him in bed with them or even in their room".

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    Hareton Earnshaw, son of Frances and Hindley Earnshaw has a small but important part in the novel. Belonging to the second generation of characters, he personifies the passionate nature of the Earnshaws and yet is warm and gentle. Hareton is of a warm and, considering his situation, a very genial disposition. He owns his own share of the wild passions that are so common to the Earnshaws, but is forced into a life of subjugation. He is quite intelligent, but is made to lead a life of an ignorant by Heathcliff, who after Hindley's death denied him any further education.

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  21. Methods Emily Bronte uses to engage the interest of the reader in the early chapters of the novel Wuthering Heights.

    with the appearance of 'a dark skinned gypsy' yet 'in dress and manners a gentleman'. (Wuthering Heights ch1, p5). The details given of the setting and of Mr. Heathcliff are stimulating, maintaining the interest of the reader. Lockwood delivers the narrative in the first three chapters as a static character not intrinsic to the plot. This style of narrative allows the plot to develop with an eyewitness account retold by means of Lockwood's diary which enables the reader to share Lockwood's experiences as they occur.

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  22. What impression of Heathcliff emerges in The opening chapters of "Wuthering Heights"?

    Another impression of Heathcliff which emerges is that he is antisocial and reluctant to meet with Lockwood. This impression emerges to the reader because, when Lockwood, Heathcliff's guest, reaches out to shake his hands, Heathcliff pulls away and his "fingers sheltered themselves". The reason an antisocial and reluctant image emerges is because is it pleasant to shake somebody's hand and when Heathcliff does not the reader assumes that he is not a social person. Also Heathcliff says very little, when asked a question by Lockwood, Heathcliff replies with a "nod".

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  23. How does Emily Bront use different setting to illustrate important ideas in "Wuthering Heights"?

    "And planted ourselves on a flowerpot under the drawing-room window." The fact that they have flowerpots is a big difference from Wuthering Heights, is shows that nature has been civilised by man. Wuthering heights has thick walls with reinforced corner stones, this suggests that it needs to be defended from nature. Emily Bront� uses personification to show how desolate and windswept the house is. "indeed; one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun."

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  24. How did you explore victim and violence

    The still image consisted of 2 chairs facing each other, one down stage left and one up stage right. In front of each chair was a main character. The high status character, Catherine, was placed in front of the chair down stage left. Catherine stood in a slouchy position and her hair a mess. This gave the audience a clue that Catherine was of a higher status. The low status character, Kevin, was placed in front of the chair up stage right. Kevin stood with his head positioned towards the floor. The reason the low status character was placed backstage was to give the audience a hint of the characters' social status.

    • Word count: 1498
  25. This essay will discuss the role of

    Catherine initially looks up to Isabella and considers herself lucky to have found such a good friend (p.19 NA). Isabella and Catherine's friendship grows very quickly, unlike that of Catherine and Eleanor, which progresses much more gradually. Isabella is very free with her friendship, professing to do anything for her friends, even when she has known them only a short time. In contrast, Eleanor takes her time to get to know Catherine. She is far more sophisticated than Isabella and does not jump into a friendship without getting to know someone first. It is only during Catherine's stay at Northanger Abbey that the two women become close friends.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • 'Mrs Penniman's character is to some extent a mere caricature' in Henry James' 'Washington Square'.

    "To conclude, Mrs Penniman's character is a caricature, her clothes, language and gestures are all hyperbolic and she always attempts to be at the centre of all occasions. She is a sad figure who attempts to manipulate the authors plot to make it more dramatic and like her light literature, her ideas are full of irony and her character in general does seem to posses some humour that would make her a caricature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ."

  • With reference to Emily Bronte's characterisation of Cathy and Heathcliff, discuss whom you may feel most sympathy for and why?

    "When Cathy dies and her coffin is buried, Nelly describes that she is buried in the corner of the yard between Edgar and Heathcliff. I believe Emily Bronte is trying to show Cathy's conflicted loyalties to each character as she had reasons to marry Edgar and to love Heathcliff. My conclusion about her is that she represents wild nature in her lively spirits and her occasional cruelty. I feel most sympathy for Heathcliff as he has had the worst in life despite inflicting pain on others. I think this because Cathy has had a better life and other characters in the novel have treated her better whereas Heathcliff has been badly treated by nearly all of the characters. I also feel sympathy for his character because he is not sure what Cathy wants, him or Edgar, as she says she loves him and yet she marries Edgar?"

  • Compare the portrayal of the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë with that of Nancy and Clancy in ‘The Boy who turned into a Bike’ by Jane Gardham.

    "To conclude, Cathy and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and Nancy and Clancy in 'The Boy who Turned into a Bike' are portrayed as fundamentally different relationships, although there are some striking similarities in the way the plot unfolds. The use of setting and language are, I think, the main factors that make Wuthering Heights the more passionate of the two tragic love stories. Katherine Kearley, June 00."

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