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Wuthering Heights Commentary. Introduction: The speaker in this passage is Nelly, the nurse at Thrushcross Grange. She is telling Mr. Lockwood, who is sick in bed, about her encounter with Heathcliff as a child.

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Introduction

Commentary Introduction: The speaker in this passage is Nelly, the nurse at Thrushcross Grange. She is telling Mr. Lockwood, who is sick in bed, about her encounter with Heathcliff as a child. She has already mentioned that he was brought to Wuthering Heights by Mr. Earnshaw and became part of the family even though many people hated it, especially Hilton and would not sleep with it. This passage portrays Nelly's state of mind towards Mr. Heathcliff along with social class conflict which illustrates how Heathcliff's presence in Wuthering Heights overthrows the prevailing habits of the Earnshaw family. The members of the family soon become involved in turmoil and fighting and family relationships become spiteful and hateful. This is illustrated through diction, tone, characterization, and imagery. Nelly's attitude towards Heathcliff is revealed through the diction used in this passage which illustrate how social class clouds judgment. Her tone in the beginning is one of hatred. She uses the words "bred bad feeling" which illustrates discomfort towards Heathcliff. ...read more.

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Her tone also indicates that social class difference causes people to judge before they get to know the person which is what Nelly did. Her tone was hatred at the beginning when all she could see was the social class conflict clouding her judgment but when she knew him it became sympathetic with a little of contempt. The characterization in this passage further indicates the social class difference and how Heathcliff's presence in the Wuthering Heights causes turmoil. The members of the family become involved in the fighting and their relationships become spiteful. Heathcliff in this passage is characterized as "a usurper of his parent's affections and his privileges." This shows that Heathcliff is gaining all the attention from Mr. Earnshaw which causes Hindley to "regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend." The characterization implies that Heathcliff is splitting the father and son apart therefore causing a bad relationship between father and son. This made Hindley "bitter with brooding over these injuries." This characterization of Hindley further supports the idea that Hindley does not like Heathcliff due to Heathcliff getting his privileges. ...read more.

Conclusion

This simile gives the imagery of a child dangerously ill yet uncomplaining while two other children screaming at the nurse. This therefore causes Nelly to feel sympathy for the child. This made Hindley lose his last ally. This shows that the family is now taking Heathcliff's side and not the side of one of their own children. This shows that the family is now in Heathcliff's control and he is overthrowing their habits and causing problems. In conclusion, diction, tone, imagery, and characterization are used by Bronte to illustrate the change of the state of mind, the social class difference and how Heathcliff's presence causes turmoil. The tone is used to indicate the Nelly's change of mind and how Heathcliff is now gaining control of the family. He can cause family relationships to end in spitefulness. The reader may easily sympathize with him when he is powerless, as a child tyrannized by Hindley Earnshaw, but he becomes a villain when he acquires power and returns to Wuthering Heights with money and the trappings of a gentlemen. ...read more.

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