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Mr Earnshaw grows old and sick, his wife died some
years before and he becomes `grievously irritable' by
the time he is confined to the `chimney corner'. He is
obsessed with the idea that people dislike Heathcliff so
he is spoilt to keep Earnshaw happy.
Hindley, becomes bitter about the situation and is sent
away to college. "Hindley was naught, and would never
thrive as where he wandered."
Joseph, already "the wearisomest, self-righteous
pharisee that ever ransacked a bible...and fling the
curses to his neighbours," uses religious influence to
distance Earnshaw from the children .…read more

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Earnshaw thinks Hindley is worthless, and he doesn't
like Cathy's playfulness, so in his last days he is
irritable and discontented. Cathy is "much too fond" of
Heathcliff, and Heathcliff would do anything she asks.
Cathy becomes hardened to his harsh disapproval.
Earnshaw dies one evening while Cathy is resting her
head against his knee and Heathcliff is lying on the
floor with his head in her lap. When she goes to kiss
her father good night, she discovers he is dead and the
two children start to cry.
Later that night Nelly observes that they have managed
to comfort each other with "better thoughts than (she)
could have hit on," imagining the old man in heaven.…read more

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Gothic Elements
Isolation: Mr Earnshaw is `confined to the chimney
corner' and Cathy and Heathcliff suffer a forced
separation, `to keep her separate from him'.
Religion: Show Joseph as a devilish figure, as he
`ransacked a Bible' and with `religious curses...He
contrived to make a great impression on Mr
Pathetic Fallacy: `A high wind blustered around the
house, and roared in the chimney' emphasises the
feeling of death and creates an image of Mr
Earnshaw's spirit being carried away.…read more

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Gothic Elements
Significance of the past: Cathy's hard childhood
has hardened her, `being repulsed continuously
hardened her'
Contrast of Heaven and Hell: Cathy and
Heathcliff are portrayed as devilish humans, yet
`no parson in the world ever pictured Heaven
so beautifully as they did' creates a sharp
image of hell on earth for the characters and
death as an escape to Heaven.…read more

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Nelly is and unreliable narrator like Lockwood
with her unrealistic depiction of Cathy.
`A wild, wickslip she was ­ but, she had the
bonniest eye, and the sweetest smile, and the
lightest foot in all the parish'
She romanticises concept of death and describes
it as an appealing prospect adding to the
Gothic feeling.`I could not help wishing we were
all there safe together'…read more

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