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ENGLISH COMMENTRY- WUTHERING HEIGHTS BY EMILY BRONT� (CHAPTER IX; PAGES 80-81; LINE 9 TO LINE 53) The ninth chapter of Emily Bronte's perplexing novel, Wuthering Heights takes the reader to the climax of the novel where Catherine discusses with Nelly, her decision to marry Edgar. Although, still an account of Lokwood's diary, it is a narration of Nelly's accounts at Wuthering Heights. Bronte uses informal language to make sure every event is clear and understandable to readers and words that are indigenous to her place of residence. Catherine speaks of her love for Heathcliff and Linton and how both those 'loves' are so different from each other. Catherine's mind is going through turmoil and she confides in Nelly her desires and pains. Catherine and Heathcliff's passion for one and other seems to be the center of Wuthering Heights, given that it displays the strongest emotions in the this novel. However, the dangers of social classes and their importance in the eighteenth century British Society somehow seem to overcome, even this fervid, undying love that Catherine and Heathcliff have for each other. ...read more.


She was vexed but she did not proceed." The narrator also emphasizes the facial features to point out the mood and emotions of the character. "Look at little Hareton- he's dreaming nothing dreary. How sweetly he smiles in his sleep!" "Yes and how sweetly his father curses in his solitude! You remember him, I dare say, when he was just such another that chubby thing - nearly as young and innocent." Bronte makes a Biblical reference to 'heaven' through Catherine. Catherine tells Nelly that if she were in heaven, she would be ashamed of herself. Through this it is clear that for a Christian, heaven exists. Catherine is burdened with the guilt of the thoughts she has been having lately-of marrying Edgar for the wrong reasons. It is almost as if Catherine is deceiving herself because it is Heathcliff that she loves and not Edgar. Deceit is a misdemeanor according to the bible. Catherine had been to heaven in her dream and according to me, this was the reason she didn't feel like she belonged there and was 'thrown ...read more.


Bronte's use of metaphors beautifully describes Catherine's views on what she shares with Heathcliff in contrast to what she shares with Edgar. " Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning or frost from fire." It I helped the reader realize that Catherine will never be able to feel for Edgar, the way she feels for Heathcliff; simply because they had nothing in common. Catherine believed that Heathcliff and her were soul-mates and in many ways, so does the reader. The love she had for Heathcliff was an 'undying love', the kind of love, lovers make sacrifices for, a selfless love. It was quite unlike the love she had for Edgar that was a selfish 'love'. Heathcliff was Catherine's one true love. It was this very love that ordained her to break open the gates of Wuthering Heights and run across to Thrushcross Grange, into the arms of another man. 1047 WORDS. DECEMBER 9, 2010 TANVI SHETH ...read more.

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