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How does Emily Bronte intend for the reader to respond to the character if Catherine in chapters 9 and 10? Examine closely her behaviour and her motives.

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How does Emily Bronte intend for the reader to respond to the character if Catherine in chapters 9 and 10? Examine closely her behaviour and her motives. Bronte intends for the reader's response to Catherine in chapters 9 and 10 to be one of mixed emotions towards this centralised character. Previously she has appeared selfish, spiteful and unaware of the world around her. This is also emphasised with a different side to Catherine. She is here older and appears to be not any wiser. The reader witnesses that her feelings have matured towards Heathcliff and that she is becoming a woman. Catherine has some exceptional qualities. When she confides in Nelly she cares enough to make sure that Heathcliff does not hear her as she asks "where is Heathcliff?" Catherine also admits to being "very unhappy" and this indicates that she isn't sure what to do. She asks for Nelly's advice about the proposal from Edgar and asks "say whether I should have done so." She needs help and advice although she pretends to be sure of herself. This is showed when Nelly asks her "why do you love Edgar." Catherine replies "Nonsense I do - that's sufficient." ...read more.


He is the closest person in her life and she needs him and admits this openly to Nelly, "If all else remained and he were annihilated, the universe would turn into a mighty stranger." Catherine realises what she feels for Heathcliff is something that is real there are no motives to loving him, "my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath, a source of little visible delight, but necessary." She also admits that loving him is not a pleasure to her. She appears to be very sure of everything she says about him. When she realises that she has made Heathcliff leave she "jumped up with a fine fright" as she is so afraid he's gone and doesn't want to hurt him. She's scared that he'll know the truth of her feelings and urgently says "I want to speak to him, I must before I go upstairs." On the moor she is out looking for him. She is distraught and lost. She's afraid that he heard her and is frantic and desperate to explain herself. When he disappears, she becomes very ill and almost dies. She is prepared to nearly kill herself in waiting for him. ...read more.


She seems to be putting Isabelle of him, but she could be trying to protect her sister in law in a kind act to save her. She suggests to her "he'd be quite capable of marrying your fortune." Catherine appears spiteful and vindictive when she mocks Isabelle's feelings in front of Heathcliff. This is senseless of her. "My poor little sister in law is breaking her heart by the mere contemplation of your physical and moral beauty." This could be motive to embarrass her and therefore protect her. It could be because she wants to prove to Isabelle how cruel he is. Catherine is thoughtless as Isabelle "struggled from the tight grasp that held her." She is also thoughtless when Heathcliff asks if Isabelle is her brother's heir. Catherine suggests, "half a dozen nephews shall erase her title". This is not the right thing she should have said in front of him. Catherine is not aware of the world around her. She is presented to the reader as a harsh and spiteful character who has a challenge in perceiving things around her. She is unable to realise certain truths that may change her future. The reader at times is also meant to like her because she does try to do what she thinks is best for her and because she is so out of touch she is perceived as na�ve. ...read more.

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