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What are your impressions of Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff and Edgar Linton? Consider the way in which chapter 7 presents the changes in some of the characters. What do you consider to be the importance of this chapter?

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Introduction

Wuthering Heights What are your impressions of Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff and Edgar Linton? Consider the way in which chapter 7 presents the changes in some of the characters. What do you consider to be the importance of this chapter? Emily Bront� was born in 1818, the fifth of six children. Her mother, Maria, died shortly after giving birth to her baby sister, Anne. In 1820, with her parents, Patrick and Maria and her elder sisters and brother, Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Bramwell and baby sister Anne, moved to Haworth. Her father became the permanent curate at the local church. Along with her elder sisters, Emily was sent to the Clergy Daughter's School at Cowan Bridge. Whilst at the school, Maria and Elizabeth died of tuberculosis in 1825. During the time of the Bront�s, a woman's work could not be published, so in order to make their work available, the sisters had to go by the pseudonyms of Ellis, Currer and Acton Bell. During her life, Emily only wrote one novel, Wuthering Heights, but she did write many poems, which were also published. Wuthering Heights was published in 1846, and Emily died in 1848. Heathcliff is driven by his love for Catherine, almost to insanity. He has obviously had a difficult childhood, having lived on the streets of Liverpool. ...read more.

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She still loves Heathcliff although when she is talking to Nelly Dean, she describes how 'it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff,' meaning that by being with him, neither her nor Heathcliff could live a stable life; they would not have enough money to live compared to what her situation would be if she was to marry Edgar: "Nelly, I see now, you think me a selfish wretch; but did it never strike you that if Heathcliff and I married, we would be beggars? Whereas, if I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brother's power." Chapter seven is of great importance to the rest of the novel, as it signifies the start of Heathcliff's deterioration and Catherine's return to Wuthering Heights from her five-week recuperation period at Thrushcross Grange. Catherine returned to Wuthering Heights dressed in the finest of clothes, much to the delight of Hindley and his wife, Frances: "Instead of a wild, hatless savage jumping into the house, and rushing to squeeze us all breathless, there lighted from a handsome black pony a very dignified person, with brown ringlets falling from the cover of a feathered beaver, and a long cloth habit, which she was obliged to hold up with both hands that she might sail in." ...read more.

Conclusion

Nelly tries to carry on telling the story by skipping ahead in time, but Lockwood doesn't allow this: "Are you acquainted with the mood of mind in which, if you were seated alone, and the cat licking its kitten on the rug before you, you would watch the operation so intently that puss's neglect of one ear would put you seriously out of temper?" Lockwood later talks of Nelly's class as though they were less important and intelligent than those of a higher class such as he. Nelly laughs at this and explains: "I have read more than you would fancy, Mr. Lockwood. You could not open a book in this library that I have not looked into, and got something out of it also: unless it be that range of Greek and Latin, and that of French; and those I know from one another: it is as much as you can expect of a poor man's daughter." Nelly continues telling the story from the summer of 1778, which was twenty-three years before. Overall, I think that Wuthering Heights is useful in gaining information about social class differences of that time through the change of status in Catherine. It is also of great importance in understanding just how far a person can go for whom they love; this is shown in Heathcliff's undying love for Catherine. Chapter seven is especially important to the rest of the novel and many of the main characters are changed in some way by the events of the chapter. ...read more.

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