What first impressions does Bronte create of Heathcliff during the first 3 chapters of the book?
Amy Voong 11e 16/09/09 What first impressions does Bronte create of Heathcliff during the first 3 chapters of the book? During the first two chapters of the book, Bronte introduces Heathcliff as a hostile, morose man, through the eyes of the narrator, Mr Lockwood. However, at the end of chapter three our feelings towards Heathcliff are mixed and we begin to realise the complications and depth of his character, as Bronte gives us an insight into his past, with key points for the development of his character. The first few chapters of the book are narrated by Mr Lockwood, so we see everything from his perception; importantly Lockwood is an unreliable narrator - in the first chapter he constantly misreads and exaggerates a number of situations. Bronte sets Heathcliff and Lockwood against each other in Wuthering Heights, and, at first, they do have some compelling comparisons. Mr Lockwood claims Heathcliff and himself are misanthropists, both like solitude and want to reject human contact-'A perfect misanthropist's Heaven: and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us. A capital fellow!' This is the first impression that Lockwood has of Heathcliff and it seems so strong, in fact, that it compels Mr Lockwood to get to know Heathcliff more, in spite of his inhospitality- 'I
Mutha 1 Mutha Rushabh Ferns Sylvia English language 06 November 2008 JANE EYRE -BY CHARLOTTE BRONTË Self Reflection /World Connection Personal response to the novel - According to me the author of the novel, Charlotte Brontë has articulated herself to the fullest. She has described the plot, theme, and the setting in such a good way that it is very easy for the reader to create a picture in his mind. In my opinion the themes that provoked my interest mainly are -Confidence and Independence, Morality, Social Class, Atonement and Forgiveness, and of course Love and Passion .Throughout the book Jane Eyre demands to be treated as an independent human being, a person with her own needs and talents. The story is not only a love story; but recognition of the individual's worth. Jane refuses to become Rochester's wife because of her "impassioned self-respect and moral conviction." She also rejects John River's purity as much as Rochester's liberty. Instead, she works out a morality expressed in love, independence, and forgiveness. In terms of social class Jane herself speaks out against class prejudice at certain moments in the book, for e.g. "Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!-I have as much soul as you-and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have
In Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Nelly Dean is a housekeeper at Wuthering Heights and later at Thrushcross Grange. Nelly believes that women should be proper and civilized. Catherine Earnshaw grows up at Wuthering Heights with Nelly as her housemaid. As a child, Catherine is rambunctious and defiant. She plays with Heathcliff outside which disturbs Nelly and causes conflict between the two. Nelly is unable to understand what is outside of socially acceptable behavior. Thus, Nelly is not able to understand Catherine. This lack of understanding ultimately makes Nelly responsible for Catherine's death. When Lockwood returns from his unfortunate night at Wuthering Heights, he asks Nelly about Heathcliff and his daughter-in-law. Nelly tells Lockwood that the daughter-in-law is Catherine Earnshaw who she describes. "She [Catherine] had ways with her such as I never saw a child take up before...Her spirits were always at high-water mark, her tongue always going - singing, laughing, and plaguing everybody who would not do the same. A wild wicked slip she was..." (77). Nelly illustrates Catherine as a rebellious and high strung child. According to Nelly, Catherine annoyed everyone who would not act like her. Nelly's comments about Catherine reveal that she does not approve of Catherine's unladylike manner. Gideon Shunami in his essay The Unreliable Narrator of Wuthering Heights