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    How is Heathcliff's relationship with Hindley portrayed in chapters one to ten of Wuthering Heights?

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    When Heathcliff and Hindley meet for the first time in Chapter Four, there is hatred between them. This is due to the fact that Hindley's father, Mr Earnshaw, had promised Hindley a fiddle when he visits Liverpool, but on his return the fiddle had been crushed due to the distraction of Heathcliff which causes both Hindley and Cathy to take an immediate dislike to Heathcliff and 'they entirely refused to have it in bed with them'. This shows that Cathy and Hindley don't want anything to do with Heathcliff and dislike him from the beginning because they blamed him for the fiddle being broken.

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  2. Wuthering Heights English Coursework: How does Bronte convey a sense of Heathcliffs character? - WJEC English Lit.

    In Chapter 1, Heathcliff's manner of speaking is very gruff, and animalistic. This is a reflection of his character towards Lockwood, for example: Heathcliff 'growled' at Lockwood which is not dignified behaviour for a gentleman to make. Growling is behaviour that would typically be conveyed by gypsies in Lockwood's mind, as gypsies are seen as like dogs in the era of this book. This is important because Heathcliff was originally a gypsy and is affiliated with dogs throughout this chapter and the entire novel.

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  3. What Use does Emily Bronte make of settings in Wuthering Heights?

    It suggests that Heathcliff may be very sinister. Heathcliff was also described as 'rather morose'. After stumbling across the definition of Morose, it came to my attention that the author is telling us the reader that Heathcliff has a deep sadness inside of him and also quite a sour temper. In the second setting at Thrushcroft Grove, the setting is almost the complete opposite of the previous Wuthering heights. It says "The return of sunshine was welcomed" This will suggest to the reader, that because there is sunshine in this setting, it is a much brighter and happier place full of happier people.

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  4. 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.

    This clearly influenced her novels as we regularly see death imagery and dead people. She lived in Haworth, Yorkshire next to a graveyard; this also could be why ghosts are used in her novel. In her upbringing in her early childhood, she and her sister Anne would make up fantasy stories called the gondal narratives purely for leisure. When she got older, she decided to become a governess. Emily Bronte uses dual narrative to tell the story of "Wuthering Heights". It begins with Lockwood, the new tenant, but later switches to Nelly. This is unconventional as it was accepted in the 1800's like most things, that books should be narrated by men.

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  5. Why is Catherine attracted to Heathcliff in chapters 4,5,6&7?

    Even Nelly, the daughter of her nurse, was more Hindley's playmate than Catherine's, as they were closer in age. Therefore when Heathcliff was introduced into the house, she realized that she would finally have a playmate of her own age to cure her loneliness. However on the night of Heathcliff's arrival, she was angry, in her spoilt way that her father had lost the whip she had requested, and so she takes it out on Heathcliff, "grinning and spitting at the stupid little thing". Returning a few days after this incident however, Nelly noted a change and that "Miss Cathy and he were now very thick".

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    The final word, 'Grange', leads the reader to believe that the house is situated in a country setting, surrounded by pretty gardens and well established trees. The first impressions about the two houses are remarkably different. Wuthering Heights first appears as a quite frightening, dark, gloomy place. The front of the house is not very aesthetically pleasing. Above the door there is what Lockwood describes as 'grotesque carvings'. The word 'grotesque' gives the reader the impression of a murky, mysterious, mystical place, with windows deeply set into the walls, giving the reader the concept that the house is almost castle like in its appearance.

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  7. Theme of Violence in Wuthering Heights

    The people in Thrushcross Grange are in a way more civilized and calmer. The storyline of the book basically evolves around the relationship of Catherine and Heathcliff. The theme of violence is mostly shown in Heathcliff's character. All his revenge and brutality towards other character mostly towards Isabella contributes to theme of violence. He acts very violently throughout the book because he was treated very badly by Hindley after Mr Earnshaw died. Heathcliff was not allowed to meet with Catherine and he was made and told to work like a slave. He was not allowed to dine with all the family members and with the inhabitants of the TG...this caused a feeling of revenge in Hc.

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  8. Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange are very different houses. Compare them and the people who live in them.

    One looks like a rough, wild, uninhibited house, and the other is a well tended place, where you would probably guess that the inhabitants are well kept themselves. However, these two houses would intertwine, and its residents end up physically, mentally and emotionally involved in each other's lives. We are first introduced to the residents of Thrushcross Grange when a young Heathcliff and Cathy looked through one of the windows, and saw the two spoilt Linton children, Edgar and Isabella.

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  9. In the earth, the earth thou shalt be laid... and answer the following questions

    The first voice talks of death as very final. It talks about the revoltingness of decomposition; warning of death's defiling bed: "Black mould beneath thee spread And black mould to cover thee". The second voice welcomes the prospect of death. In stanza two, the second voice interrupts, creating a more sanguine tone. The voice seems to resign of death in "Well, there is rest there", and the welcoming of death is expressed in the second line. The images this voice uses are by no means morbid. The second voice makes the argument that life is not restful and death is a time of great tranquillity and peace.

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    Wuthering Heights. How does Emily Bronte convey the relationship of Catherine and Heathcliff throughout chapters 4-9?

    This to me makes him more of a servant to the family not an adopted child. Everybody in the Earnsure house except Catherine and Mr Earnsure as well as Nelly even though she didn't know why she her father had grew fond of a sullen child didn't like Heathcliff especially Hindley as his father had started to grow more love for Heathcliff than his own son, In chapter of 5 of the novel Bronte makes it clear that Catherine feel more herself and loved around Heathcliffe as she runs to him when she realises her

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  11. How does Bront use the settings of the novel to enhance our understanding of some of the relationships in 'Wuthering Heights'?

    Her relationship with him is subject to change but her love for Heathcliff is constant. This comparison continues throughout the novel. Heathcliff is 'a bleak, hilly coal country', whilst Edgar is 'a beautiful fertile valley'; these environments show the dissimilarity between the two men and so help us to understand the contrast in the relationships Catherine has with each. Whilst initially, 'a beautiful fertile valley' sounds much more inviting, knowing Catherine's character we know that the dark metaphor for Heathcliff is much closer to her nature.

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  12. Wuthering Heights

    Because of the climate and poor heating Emily had to grow up with many illness's and deaths in her family and her friends as Emily's older sisters Maria and Elizabeth died of tuberculosis before they were fifteen these deaths may have an indication on why Edgar and Linton die of similar illness's. Emily also was exposed to many more illnesses and deaths than an average child as her father was a vicar and in this period vicars visited many ill people.

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  13. Compare and Contrast the Presentation of Love in the Relationships Between Edgar and Catherine and Catherine and Heathcliff.

    Bront� implies early on that Heathcliff has gifts from both God and the Devil (good and bad characteristics). Nelly Dean describes him as a 'dirty, ragged, black-haired child; big enough to walk and talk...' she also constantly refers to Heathcliff as 'it'- '...Mrs Earnshaw was ready to fling it out of doors.... [He's a] Gypsy brat', Heathcliff is constantly referred to as if he weren't human. Nelly talks of how he 'repeated over and over again some gibberish that nobody could understand...' this portrays him as a wild animal/beast. Catherine and Hindley don't automatically get on with Heathcliff.

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  14. Show how Cathy's desire for social status changes her personality throughout her life and to what extent her social position is responsible for the misery and conflict in Chapter 9 of Wuthering Heights.

    'Because he loves me.'' however she does not marry the man she truly loves as he can't give her what she desires. 'It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff.' Throughout Emily Bront�'s novel, Cathy's personality constantly changes, not gradually but in extreme changes. Throughout her childhood, Cathy has been influenced by a lower social status, to be wayward from girl hood but a happy and pleasant child. Nelly quotes in chapter 5, 'a wild wick slip', referring to Cathy. Since Cathy met Edgar her social status and personality has changed.

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  15. Wuthering Heights - In "Wuthering Heights" Emily Bronte explores the good and evil that can exist in human nature. Analyse the techniques Bronte uses to explore this theme

    We have a villain, Heathcliff who is passion driven and wilful. The weather plays a part in Wuthering Heights, with the stormy weather and the endless cold nights, this doesn't create a nice image and shows that it is dark and evil. Through Nelly, Bronte tells us of the brutal acts of evil played on by Hindley. In this particular extract he is physically and mentally tormenting his young son Hareton. We can tell Hareton is terrified of his father when Nelly says he was "squealing and kicking" This relates to the gothic genre of the novel as it seems as if the devil has captured him and he cannot break free.

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  16. What are your impressions of Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff and Edgar Linton? Consider the way in which chapter 7 presents the changes in some of the characters. What do you consider to be the importance of this chapter?

    He has obviously had a difficult childhood, having lived on the streets of Liverpool. He must have felt nervous coming into the Earnshaws' family and disrupting their lives, but despite being tormented by Hindley, Heathcliff and Mr. Earnshaw developed a strong father and son relationship. The death of Mr. Earnshaw hurt Heathcliff badly and he sought comfort in Catherine. Hindley took over from his father as the man of the household and started to take control of Heathcliff. During the time that Mr. Earnshaw was alive, Heathcliff was considered his favourite son and Hindley would have felt betrayed by his father.

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  17. Wuthering Heghts - Portrayal of Love

    very oxymoronic as Heathcliff is the one who bestows the kisses, he is not usually this sort of type to "bestow" as he brings terror to the whole novel, but towards Cathy, he is a true gentleman. We also see a submissive side to Heatchliff, "Heathcliff had knelt on one knee to embrace her...", the fact that Heathcliff "knelt" shows that he submitted to Catherine due to his love for her, and also it brings up the issue of social class, since Cathy was from a wealthy background and Heathcliff was an orphan, its clashes the social boundaries and shows how Catherine is "degraded" by Heatchliff.

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  18. Hindley's Character Portrayal

    fact been received in a large amount which again put impact on his introduction and how the size of the terror matches the size of his presence. Hindley then goes on to abuse Nelly, who tries to calm him, Hindley threatens Nelly with extremity. " ...open your mouth. He held the knife in his hand, and pushed its point between my teeth...". Again the vulgarity in Hindley is displayed as he threatens his own house made, this shows how out of control he is and how the death of his wife has affected his lifestyle.

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  19. Compare the way Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange

    The Heights is a practical working farm that has no luxuries and is very austere, "The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary", this shows that it has only got the basics of what is needed and no money is spent on lavish items. The Heights is also very "rustic" and earthy in colour, "There was no glitter of copper saucepans"; it is dark and mysterious. There are no carpets on the floor, just "smooth white stone floors" and the furniture is described as "The chairs were primitive structures", again reinforcing that there are no wasteful objects.

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  20. How effective is Bront's use of gothic conventions in the opening sections of Wuthering Heights?

    It comes at the same time as the industrial revolution in Britain, which perhaps links it to the fact that the revolution de-humanised society in a way that led it to become so eerie and negative like it is described in Wuthering Heights. The first use of the gothic in this book is the description of Heathcliff in the opening paragraph by Lockwood as he gathers his first impressions on him. He first of all describes the area as a "misanthropist's heaven", suggesting that it is such a dull and pessimistic place that only a person of such disposition would live there.

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  21. Wuthering Hieghts-How effective are the first three chapters as an opening to a novel?

    Bronte was born in 1818, she was the fifth of six children, two of her sisters Charlotte and Anne where also writers. Because Emily had live most of her life in a place like wuthering heights, Emily and her sisters and brother invented their own imaginary worlds, which some of their poems were about, so really wuthering heights is based on what Emily had imagined, non of the characters were based on anyone she knew which is quite amazing because in the book the character of Heathcliff seems so realistic like he had been based on someone real.

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  22. In what ways do Nelly Dean and Lockwood help us to understand the story and characters of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights?

    Both the narrators however are unreliable. This means that the story that they tell is from their point of view and most likely in their own opinion. For example, Nelly says that when she first met Heathcliff, he was a "dirty, ragged, black-haired child" but that was only judgement of his appearance and she would not have been able to tell of his personality. This technique that Bronte has used, gives the reader the information of the story and what has happened, leaving it to them to figure out the facts for themselves.

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  23. Do you find the first three chapters of Wuthering Heights an effective opening for this novel?

    When you utter through your teeth, you often give across the idea that you are angry. In the novel, Heathcliff is an angry and tense man and it explains that he says 'Walk in' with feeling and suggesting that he might go on to say, 'Go to the Devil!' Being a lonely man with no companions is an outcome of how miserable he is and how he rejects any of his visitors. When the reader gets reintroduced to him in the middle of the novel, the reader finds it hard to believe that someone would treat a stranger quite so rudely as he does.

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  24. Heathcliffs behaviour in wuthering heights

    When Mrs Earnshaw died, Mr Earnshaw grew closer to Heathcliff, he treat him as if he was his own. Hindley (Mr Earnshaws real son) disliked this, and got extremely jealous, when he was sent away to college, Mr Earnshaw could devote more attention to Heathcliff. When Mr Earnshaw died, Hindley inherited the house and came back, with a wife, and a vengeance. Heathcliff was then treated as a labourer and was forced to work in the fields; Hindley was cruel and abusive towards him. Heathcliff grew to despise Hindley even more, and they treat each other equally as bad, often with disrespect and violence.

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  25. Discuss how Emily Bront portrays the character of Heathcliff, describe his relations with the other characters and how he relates to the Victorian period.

    has improved its reputation; Wuthering Heights is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest works of English Literature "is shows more genius than you will find in a thousand novels". Yet, during the Victorian period, women couldn't publish books so in order to get her novel out in the open; she published under the masculine pen name "Ellis Bell" along with her sisters. Wuthering Heights centres around the story of a man called Heathcliff. This name stands for his forename as well as his surname in the story due to the fact that when he firsts arrives at Wuthering

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • 'Mrs Penniman's character is to some extent a mere caricature' in Henry James' 'Washington Square'.

    "To conclude, Mrs Penniman's character is a caricature, her clothes, language and gestures are all hyperbolic and she always attempts to be at the centre of all occasions. She is a sad figure who attempts to manipulate the authors plot to make it more dramatic and like her light literature, her ideas are full of irony and her character in general does seem to posses some humour that would make her a caricature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ."

  • With reference to Emily Bronte's characterisation of Cathy and Heathcliff, discuss whom you may feel most sympathy for and why?

    "When Cathy dies and her coffin is buried, Nelly describes that she is buried in the corner of the yard between Edgar and Heathcliff. I believe Emily Bronte is trying to show Cathy's conflicted loyalties to each character as she had reasons to marry Edgar and to love Heathcliff. My conclusion about her is that she represents wild nature in her lively spirits and her occasional cruelty. I feel most sympathy for Heathcliff as he has had the worst in life despite inflicting pain on others. I think this because Cathy has had a better life and other characters in the novel have treated her better whereas Heathcliff has been badly treated by nearly all of the characters. I also feel sympathy for his character because he is not sure what Cathy wants, him or Edgar, as she says she loves him and yet she marries Edgar?"

  • Compare the portrayal of the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë with that of Nancy and Clancy in ‘The Boy who turned into a Bike’ by Jane Gardham.

    "To conclude, Cathy and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and Nancy and Clancy in 'The Boy who Turned into a Bike' are portrayed as fundamentally different relationships, although there are some striking similarities in the way the plot unfolds. The use of setting and language are, I think, the main factors that make Wuthering Heights the more passionate of the two tragic love stories. Katherine Kearley, June 00."

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