• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Wuthering Heights Coursework. I will be exploring Emily Brontes presentation of the characters of Heathcliff, considering the commentary she should be making about Victorian society.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte was the author or 'Wuthering Heights' written in 1847. Due to the social standards of the 17th century, the book was published under the name of Ellis Bell as writing was not considered a suitable occupation for a woman. 'Wuthering Heights' is about two different families, the Linton's and the Earnshaw's, and narrated by Nelly the interfering house keeper and Mr Lockwood. They tell the story of the main characters Cathy and Heathcliff and show how she chooses to marry Linton as this would have been society's choice at the time as he is handsome and rich. However she realises she made the wrong choice and we see how Heathcliff and Cathy's love for each other leads to death. In this essay I will be exploring Emily Bronte's presentation of the characters of Heathcliff, considering the commentary she should be making about Victorian society. Emily Bronte was born in 1818 and was the 5th of 6 children. Two of her elder siblings along with her mother unfortunately died when Emily was still very young. This clearly influenced her novels as we regularly see death imagery and dead people. ...read more.

Middle

Also trees are constantly changing so she can never always be happy. She describes her love for Heathcliff as "the eternal rocks beneath" This shows her love for him will never change and will be with her for eternity. Her description for both of them is natural imagery which would link into romanticism. Catherine is most passionate for her love with Heathcliff. When Cathy rejects Heathcliff she says" It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff" At this point Heathcliff is still listening but when he hears this he runs away for 3 years. He doesn't hear the good stuff Cathy says about him after. Cathy chooses Edgar over Heathcliffe due to the social standards of the time would make it the right choice. It would "degrade" her to marry Heathcliff as woman had to marry into money and Heathcliff has none. This also makes him a victim of social prejudice. When Catherine dies Heathcliff wounded response is very animalistic. "He dashed his head against the knotted trunk, and, lifting his eyes, howled, not like a man, but a savage beast." a quote taken from Nelly shows him as being very beast like. ...read more.

Conclusion

This would make the reader sympathise for him as it shows him just trying to make himself a higher status just to prove he is worthy. I think overall Heathcliff is a fiend from hell. He treats most people badly even if they have done nothing wrong. He doesn't care about anyone but himself and Catherine. However, this could be because Catherine was the only one to treat him respectively from the start but this doesn't explain his actions towards people who have never done anything wrong to him like Hareton and Isabella's dog. Even though he is a fiend from hell, I believe he is only this way because of how he has been brought up and been treated. I think this because when Nelly says he catches Hareton like a "natural impulse" it shows that he is deep down a nice person. If he wasn't treated badly all his life, he would know not to treat others badly. I also believe that because he never did anything wrong at the beginning and people still treated him as a victim of social standards, is the reason that he thinks he can treat people that way to. So overall I believe he is a fiend from hell but he was made to be this way so he is also the victim. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Emily Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Emily Bronte essays

  1. Character Analysis of Heathcliff In Emily Bronte's novel, Wuthering Heights

    The rest of the novel focuses on this plan. Although he marries Isabella, he never loves her, but he simply just wants to get back at Catherine and the Lintons. Before they elope, Catherine confronts Heathcliff about his feelings towards Isabella. Heathcliff replies: Catherine, I have a mind to speak a few words now, while we are at it

  2. Trace the theme of madness and supernatural in Emily Bront->'s "Wuthering Heights".

    Desperate to be with her in death, he knocked out one side of her coffin, with the instructions that one side of his be knocked out too, so that they might lie together for eternity. He tells Nelly that without this measure, he would likely haunt them all.

  1. Analysis of Catherine's Character in Emily Bronte's novel - Wuthering Heights.

    This proves that her one tribute throughout her whole life was her love for Heathcliff. The more dark side of her character began to expose itself after the 5weeks she spent at the Linton's in Thrushcross Grange Catherine once a rough and wild girl spending her time playing on the moors now had changed.

  2. What are your impressions of Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff and Edgar Linton? Consider the way ...

    While Catherine was away, Heathcliff had become very untidy and unkempt. She saw how he was and was quite taken-aback: "Why, how very black and cross you look! And how - how funny and grim! But that's because I'm used to Edgar and Isabella Linton."

  1. Compare and Assess at least two of the following approaches in feminist theory, with ...

    Bronte manipulates the Victorian view that women have innate frailty and makes a parody out if the view by portraying Catherine's illness as a strength in which she is manipulating those around her through Nelly's perception; 'I wasted no condolences on miss, nor any expostulations on my mistress, not did

  2. Discuss the portrayal of Heathcliff and Hareton Earnshaw in 'WutheringHeights'. Are they products of ...

    from him fairly early on in life by Heathcliff: Hareton's demise is the second stage of Heathcliff's vengeance. Hareton is uneducated, and speaks in an accented way. He is not corrected if he swears, or is rude. He works on the farm, so he dresses as a labourer: all of

  1. Compare the Presentation of the Characters of Rochesterin "Jane Eyre" and Heathcliff in "WutheringHeights".

    different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it." Therefore, he will not accept any responsibility for his actions. He even tries to justify his act of bigamy, "she is not my wife". Both protagonists in the novels are Byronic heroes.

  2. With reference to Emily Bronte's characterisation of Cathy and Heathcliff, discuss whom you may ...

    Throughout the book Heathcliff is linked with bestial nature and called ghoul, goblin and vampire and this is no surprise. Cathy was, at first, awful to Heathcliff but when they became to love each other they were thought to be inseparable.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work