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What do we learn about the personalities of Heathcliff and Catherine from Nelly's anecdotes to Lockwood

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Sophie Hale 12Mc What do we learn about the personalities of Heathcliff and Catherine from Nelly's anecdotes to Lockwood Having a change in narrators from Lockwood to Nelly, allows the reader to gather a different point of view. I believe that Nelly is also a more reliable narrator than Lockwood as she has lived with the characters, and therefore knows them better. As Nelly is telling Lockwood of the past it allows the reader to understand the events that have occurred, making people in Wuthering Height so stern and cold. It also allows the reader to confirm Lockwood's perception of the characters. To both see if he is a reliable narrator and also to answer the questions that have been aroused. There are many events in Chapter Four that allow the reader to gather their views on the personalities of Heathcliff and Catherine. The children, (Cathy, Heathcliff and Hindley) all fell ill with measles. Heathcliff who was 'dangerously ill' had Nelly to look after him as he liked her to be by his side. It was during this period that Heathcliff and Nelly became close. Even though Heathcliff was probably the worst affected of them all, he was still 'the quietest child that a nurse ever watched over' especially compared to Hindley and Cathy who 'harassed' Nelly terribly. ...read more.

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In this case we see in Lockwood's narration in the beginning that even though Lockwood describes Heathcliff as a hard character there is an incident in which he totally lets go and cries. It is when he realizes that Cathy has returned to Lockwood. He cries for her to return again to him and Lockwood sees this. This shows the extent of Heathcliffs love for Cathy and the agony and pain that he must have been going through in order for him to actually show these kinds of emotions. In the next chapter it can be seen that Mr. Earnshaw has died, making Hindley the new head of Wuthering Heights. Hindley endeavors to make Heathcliffs life a misery and demotes him to a servant. However this does not detract from the strong relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy. They still remain inseparable and wild. Wild is the exact word to describe their personalities as well as their behavior, they are wild and mischievous when they are together. This is shown when Heathcliif and Cathy go off together to peek in the windows of Thrushcroft Grange. At this point they are both much as one, as a whole. ...read more.

Conclusion

The reader sees again that the soft side of Heathcliff only appears when the subject is to do with Cathy. It is like she is his downfall. After Nelly lifts Heathcliff mood, but then he has a run in with Hindley. We again see his violent side appear and Hindley's wretchedness. 'Be-gone you vagabond' is what Hindley say's to Heathcliff in return Heathcliff 'seized a tureen of hot apple sauce' and 'dashed it no the speakers face' the speaker of whom is Edgar (the guest). After this commotion Nelly observes Catherine and describes her as an 'unfeeling child' by the way she 'dismissed her old playmates troubles' However then she realizes that Cathy is putting on a show 'under a cloth to conceal her emotion' for her guests. Nelly knows that Cathy is just waiting for and opportunity to pay a visit to Heathcliff who had been locked up. This shows Catherine strong feelings toward Heathcliff even if she does not show it all the time. Towards the end of this chapter the reader sees Heathcliff as the hard hearted man again as he plots his revenge for Hindley. 'I shall pay Hindley back' His anger is shown and he wants to be alone to plan it. It is as if this anger and will for revenge fuels him and numbs the pain. ...read more.

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