Catherine Earnshaw Anaylsis

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`She had the bonniest eye and the sweetest smile and lightest foot in the parish'
`Bold saucy looks'
`She never had the power to conceal her passion; it always set her whole
complexion in a blaze'
`There lighted from a handsome pony a very dignified person, with brown
ringlets falling from the cover of a feathered beaver'
`At fifteen she was the queen of the countryside'
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Nelly says that C was always: `singing, laughing and plaguing everybody' but
`she meant no harm; for once she made you cry in good earnest, it seldom
happened that she would not keep you company'. Suggesting she was a
headstrong, mischievous but endearing child.
Also show as wilful and violent when thwarted but is loyal to Heathcliff but
`full of ambition' for herself and wanted to be `the greatest woman of the
neighbourhood' her arrogance and self-importance is shown at the end of
her life when she tells N that : 'although everybody hated and despised each
other, they could not avoid loving me'
Though about herself and what she wanted more than caring for others: `she
put us past are patience fifty times and oftener in a day' and `her spirits were
always at high-water mark, her tongue always going' she is definitely a people
person and thrives when in the spotlight. At the end of the book she admits
to Nelly that: 'I'm afraid of being alone'
BUT, `she liked exceedingly to act the little mistress, using her hands freely and
commanding her companions' showing she was bossy and headstrong and
liked to be the centre of attention. Pinches Nelly and after `stamped her foot,
wavered a moment, and then, irresistibly impelled by the naughty spirit within
her, slapped me on the cheek' the naughty spirit is mentioned throughout the
book. It is cause by selfishness. This is supported by the statement from N in
which she says `she did turn out a haughty headstrong creature!' Catherine
adopts 'double character'

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After staying at the Grange, C becomes more ladylike in civilised company:
but she still has a temper; she pinches N (see above) and slaps E. Her
attachment to H remains, but she is more attracted to the idea of a higher
social standing in E due to his wealth. She puts her own desires first showing
her selfish side by convincing herself to marry Edgar as she assumes it
wouldn't hinder her friendship with H.…read more

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However, they do have rows due to H lack of education after 3 months
of civilised company, C is used to being engaged and at the centre of
attention therefore she snaps at H: 'it is no company at all when people know
nothing and say nothing'
This is all refuted when C comes into talk to N about her decision to marry E
rather than H.…read more

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C loves him: 'for every thought she spends on Linton she spends a thousand on
me' this is supported by C when she talks to N.
C's love for H is particularly shown when C is close to death. Despite being
delirious when H is mentioned there is 'a troubled gleam of recollection' after
nothingness. N admits that C and H are in love and suggests that: 'my mistress
kissed him first'.…read more

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Mr Earnshaw constantly told C that he `cannot love thee' which made her cry
at first but after hearing often it hardened her and allowed her to laugh at N
when asked to apologise for her behaviour. However, C was the person to
find Mr E dead after singing him to sleep. The death brought H and C closer.
N admits she doesn't like C 'I did not like her after her infancy was past'.…read more

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Linton's and her body returns to the outside and freed,
which she found with H.…read more


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