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Wuthering Heights This passage involves a strong conversation between Cathy and Heathcliff, Cathy is on her deathbed. Heathcliff and herself don't appear to get on how We would expect people as in love as them to. The question is therefore asked are they truly in love? I will be exploring the techniques Bront� uses in lexis and in semantic field she has chosen. We initially gather from Heathcliff how in love with Cathy he is 'my life!' showing that Cathy means as much to him as life itself. 'Heathcliff has knelt on one knee to embrace her' this is recalled by Nelly and comes across as being romantic on Heathcliffs part. Cathy sets the agenda throughout the passage and although Heathcliff appears to be upset in some parts she doesn't allow him to be ' she seized his hair' here a violent action shows how delusional and perhaps violent and in control she likes to be. ...read more.


Traitor' comparing him to Judus who was deceitful to Jesus. 'Till we are both dead! - I shouldn't care what you suffered. I care nothing for your sufferings. Why shouldn't you suffer' Cathy here repeats the word suffer many times. A word closely linked with hell as in chapter 2 where 'infernally, infernally' is used this is also linked to the fires of hell. The repetition emphasises the word to the reader and brings out the extent of her madness 'Don't torture me' another indication of hell and Heathcliff as the devil' this almost brings us to think of him as harmless and her insanity growing ever more over the top with her accusations. They do not use reference to Christianity in the conventional way we would expect. Their idea of hell is being without each other ' you know that I could as soon forget you as my existence!' ...read more.


We then come to the question of whether Cathy and Heathcliff actually do love each other there is plenty of evidence for this also. 'And for my own sake forgive me!' the last sentence said by Cathy perhaps to show how deeply in love she is and that if he loves her that much he must forgive her. Cathy's speeches are full of repetition and are far more structured she may have had time to plan what she was going to say whilst she was in her room hence Heathcliff is very overwhelmed. Other lexical techniques used a lots throughout the book are contrasts and similes love and death is a contrast we come across throughout. Contrasts are used between 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Thrushcross Grange' between 'Heathcliff; and 'Edgar' and now 'love' and 'death'. Emma Phillips ...read more.

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