Wuthering Heights Quotes and Analysis

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"I had a peep at a dirty, ragged, black-haired child; big enough both to walk Repetition of "it"- impersonal and suggests Heathcliff being non human
and talk: indeed, its face looked older than Catherine's; yet when it was set on and reinforces that he is an outsider
its feet, it only stared round, and repeated over and over again some
gibberish that nobody could understand ... All that I could make out,
"big enough both to walk and talk"- adds to the mystery, as they do not
amongst her scolding, was a tale of his seeing it starving, and houseless, and know who he is, only a little
as good as dumb, in the streets of Liverpool, where he picked it up and Words associated with dirt, shows his lower class status
inquired for its owner. Not a soul knew to whom it belonged, he said; and his "dirty/ragged/black haired"
money and time being both limited, he thought it better to take it home with Speaking gibberish- suggests further that Heathcliff is supernatural and
him at once, than run into vain expenses there: because he was determined
not natural
he would not leave it as he found it."
Do you mark those two lines between your eyes; and those thick brows, that, Lexis of villiany/devil: "fiends/thick/devil's spies
instead of rising arched, sink in the middle; and that couple of black fiends, so Simile of devil's spies- suggests Heathcliff is planning evil revenge
deeply buried, who never open their windows boldly, but lurk glinting under
them, like devil's spies?
Pre modifcation- "deeply buried" suggests Heathcliff's hidden depths
He had grown a tall, athletic, well-formed man; beside whom [Edgar] seemed Tricolon- shows he has grown up well, as these words have connotations
quite slender and youth-like. His upright carriage suggested the idea of his of attractiveness
having been in the army. His countenance was much older in expression and
decision of feature than Mr. Linton's; it looked intelligent, and retained no
Comparsions to Edgar- has now reached the same level as Edgar and is
marks of former degradation. A half-civilised ferocity lurked yet in the better then Edgar- use of adjective much suggests this
depressed brows and eyes full of black fire, but it was subdued; and his Oxymorons: "black fire", "stern for grace"- suggests Heathcliff's
manner was even dignified: quite divested of roughness, though stern for differences in personality
grace. pre modification: depressed, black- suggests Heathcliff has some of his
old nature
He is a dark-skinned gypsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that Use of colon- shows Lockwood's critical nature
is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, Lexis of upper class- gentleman, handsome- suggests his upper class
yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and
handsome figure; and rather morose.
status, but this is contrasted with the lexis of lower class: gypsy, country
squire, morose- shows his two sides

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petting him up far above Cathy, who was too mischievous and wayward for a Intensifier- "too"- suggests her nature
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In other words, I must wish for Edgar Linton's great blue eyes and even Great blue eyes- suggests his good nature, as blue eyes are usually
forehead,' [Heathcliff] replied. associated with this. Use of wish- suggests that Edgar is perfect.
He had a sweet, low manner of speaking, and pronounced his words as you Sibilance- gives it a sweet tone, like Edgar's voice
[Lockwood] do: that's less gruff than we talk here, and softer.…read more

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'[Isabella] abandoned them under a delusion,' [Heathcliff] answered; Shows Isabella's romantic delusions "hero of romance" pitches Heathcliff as a
'picturing in me a hero of romance, and expecting unlimited indulgences Byronic hero
from my chivalrous devotion.…read more

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The former was a boy of fourteen, but when he drew out what had been a Preposition but suggests that Nelly is being critical of Hindely crying when he
fiddle, crushed to morsels in the great-coat, he blubbered aloud ... is 14
crushed to morsels fault of Heathcliff symbolises what Heathcliff will do later
to Hindely's inheritance and place
He had grown sparer, and lost his colour, and spoke and dressed quite Pre modification "quite" shows the changes to Hindely
differently ...…read more

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for she could be soft and mild as a dove, and she had a gentle voice and Lexis of sweetness/kindess soft/mild/peace/gentle/never fierce/never furious"
pensive expression: her anger was never furious; her love never fierce: it was suggests her kind nature
deep and tender. Repetition of pre modification of never shows her contrast to her mother, was
furoious and fierce in love.…read more

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That was my first idea on observing an elf-locked, brown-eyed boy setting his "elf locked" suggests his connection to nature, adjective representing messy
ruddy countenance against the bars.…read more

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He was christened Linton, and, from the first, [Isabella] reported him to be an Fricative alliteration emphasis on his weak nature from birth
ailing, peevish creature. ailing and peevish connotations of weakness and illness shows he has
inherited the Lintons' tendency to get ill.…read more

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At this diabolical violence I [Ellen] rushed on him furiously.…read more

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I knew, through experience, that I was tolerably attractive. Personal pronoun "I" shows his vain behaviour
Pre modification tolerably suggests a little humidility but then bounced out by
adjective attraction to describe himself, shows his arrogance
Living among clowns and misanthropists, [Cathy] probably cannot Shows his arrogance "better" pre modification, themes of social class as he
appreciate a better class of people [himself] when she meets them.…read more


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