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Wuthering Heights - Character Analysis

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27/04/03 British Literature Wuthering Heights - Character Analysis In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, each character is a unique and plays an important role in tying the story together. All characters are related to one another in their own special way. They overlap and interconnect their faith and destinies to make an outstanding plot and theme and turn Emily Bronte's novel to be a true masterpiece of World Literature. The most important character, which possesses the readers' attention throughout the whole story, is Heathcliff. His strong, charismatic, and bitter character combined with handsome appearance makes some sympathize with him, other to hate him, but certainly does not leave anyone indifferent. Overall, Heathcliff's life could not be considered happy and salutary in any sense. From early childhood a status of a gypsy orphan did not grant him any trumps in life, yet placed him into a disadvantageous position. He was very fortunate that Mr. Earnshaw was kind hearted and brought him to Wuthering Heights where he joined the family. From the first days of his presence at the Heights he encountered a multitude of both bad and good emotions. From one side it was the emerging conflict with Hindley, on the other hand the developing love with Catherine. After many years as Heathcliff was living at the Heights he grew up to be a passionate, somewhat uncivilized and uneducated young man, but with a strong will and a unique personage. ...read more.


As they grew older Hindley's hatred increased exponentially and he sought to find any opportunity to somehow harm Heathcliff both physically and mentally. The physically abuse did not have as of great impact on Heathcliff as the mental one. Hindley often humiliated him in front of Catherine, which made Heathcliff furious to the point where he just could not tolerate it anymore. He promised to himself that he would do whatever it takes to get back at Hindley. When Hindley wife Zillah died leaving him with a son, Hindley's life begins degrading, as he gets involved in gambling and heavy drinking. He basically becomes mad at everyone and everything thinking that he was never loved. He feels more and more useless as he gets more and more alcohol dependent. He looses everything, including the Wuthering Heights and dies like an animal, which no one needs and cares about. Edgar Linton is a handsome and rich young man who grows up at Thrushcross Grange. He is a pure gentleman with high moral values, etiquette, and dignity. He is also a well-educated lawyer, but lacks the strong spirit and passion that Heathcliff possesses. He comes into picture after Catherine's premier time at the Grange. Since then he truly fell in love with her, a love that was yet less passionate than Heathcliff, but was still real and sincere. His main motivation was to make Catherine a happy woman and provide a happy life for her. ...read more.


She stays in the novel from the very first to the very last page. She loved old Catherine very much and was always concerned for her problems. She was always by her side whether she was at the Heights or the Grange. Being a housekeeper, she had no significant influence over things, but always tried to do everything to set peace and bring people together. When young Cathy was born Nelly soon started loving her as if she was her own daughter and felt that it was her objective to raise Cathy properly and make her a real woman. She was a witness of her mother's sufferings and could not allow the same thing to occur to Cathy. Mr. Lockwood, who was a wealthy traveler and rented a room at the Grange, never took a part in the story and was only a spectator. When Nelly started telling him the story of the two families, he soon got extremely interested and could not let her go until she told him everything. He even visited Wuthering Heights and met some of the people from the story. The famous saying that from a true love to a great hatred is only a step, might sound illusionary, however, Bronte proves that to be very realistic. She shows how the treason of immense love might cause chaos, death and destruction. We see how the collision of the two extreme feelings of love and hate obliterate lives of the novel characters. When love is doomed, when faith is lost comes tremendous vengeance that overwhelms everything around, leaving no space for life. ...read more.

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