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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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  • '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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