Important Quotes

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Opening Chapters- Bronte uses a range of narrators

Lockwood's Narrative:

. 'Dark- skinned gypsy'- Lockwood referring to Heathcliff

. 'Lusty dame'- about Cathy- casual objectification

. 'H. and I are going to rebel'- Catherine's narrative- written in the form of a diary entry in the Bible- religious rebellion in this act- Lockwood reading the entry

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Presentation of suffering and loss

Nelly Dean's narrative: (practical and reliable yet biased)

. 'Cuckoo history'- Nelly about Heathcliff's origins- natural world- a bird that steals the homes of other birds

. 'Gipsy brat'.'It'. 'the stupid little thing'. 'Not a soul knew to whom it belonged'- Nelly when first referring to Heathcliff as a child- extreme prejudice shown

. 'She was much too fond of Heathcliff'- The relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff

. Hindley 'drove (Heathcliff) from their company to the servants'- Hindley forces Heathcliff to become a servant- a reason for Heathcliff's revenge presented- extreme prejudice

. 'Hatless little savage'- Nelly's description of Catherine before her stay at Thrushcross Grange- Catherine doesn't behave the way a daughter of a gentleman should- strict social structures

.' A very dignified person'... 'A lady'- After Catherine's stay at Thrushcross Grange

. 'She had no temptation to show her rough side in their company'- Catherine- wants to have a higher social advancement- different behaviours at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange for every character in the text. (WH= Violence and passion. TG= restraint and civility)

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Presentation of suffering and loss

Nelly Dean's narrative: (practical and reliable yet biased)

. 'Cuckoo history'- Nelly about Heathcliff's origins- natural world- a bird that steals the homes of other birds

. 'Gipsy brat'.'It'. 'the stupid little thing'. 'Not a soul knew to whom it belonged'- Nelly when first referring to Heathcliff as a child- extreme prejudice shown

. 'She was much too fond of Heathcliff'- The relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff

. Hindley 'drove (Heathcliff) from their company to the servants'- Hindley forces Heathcliff to become a servant- a reason for Heathcliff's revenge presented- extreme prejudice

. 'Hatless little savage'- Nelly's description of Catherine before her stay at Thrushcross Grange- Catherine doesn't behave the way a daughter of a gentleman should- strict social structures

.' A very dignified person'... 'A lady'- After Catherine's stay at Thrushcross Grange

. 'She had no temptation to show her rough side in their company'- Catherine- wants to have a higher social advancement- different behaviours at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange for every character in the text. (WH= Violence and passion. TG= restraint and civility)

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Early presentation of courtship

. "It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff"- Catherine- Heathcliff of a lower social ranking- Catherine would shame her family and lose her reputation by marrying Heathcliff

. ' The greatest woman in the neighbourhood'- Catherine- what she wants to be by marrying Edgar Linton

. ''If i marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise''- Catherine- naive

. ''My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it''- Catherine about marriage

. ''My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath''- Catherine

. '' I am Heathcliff''- The strength of the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff

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Narrative techniques/perspectives

. 'I own I did not like her'- Nelly's admittance of a biased narrative- dislikes Catherine

. 'I saw that the quarrel had merely effected a closer intimacy- Narrator has direct involevement in the narrative- Nelly about Catherine and Edgar

. 'For the space of half a year, the gunpowder lay as harmless as sand, because no fire came near to explode it'- Nelly's description of Catherine's temper- her temper and wildness gone with the disapperance of Heathcliff

. 'evil beast prowled... waiting his time to spring and destroy'- Nelly about the reapperance of Heathcliff- Heathcliff described as the evil beast- prejudice/ experience of his character

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The return of Heathcliff (Chapters 10-11)

. ''I'm in hell till you do''- Heathcliff wanting to see Catherine after his return- he is 'in hell' until Nelly tells Catherine of his arrival

. ''A sudden and irresistible attraction towards the tolerated guest''- Isabella becomes attracted to Heathcliff

. ''I'll try to break their hearts by breaking my own''- foreshadows Catherine's death- Catherine talking to Nelly about Heathcliff and Edgar, the result of Catherine not being allowed to keep Heathcliff as her friend

. 'There she lay dashing her head against the arm of the sofa'- Nelly about Catherine- Catherine slips into a delirium before her extreme mental deterioration and death

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Catherine and Isabella are used by Bronte to provi

. "I wish i were out of those doors- I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free"- Catherine about her desire for freedom (reference to motif of windows and doors)- her soul lives in nature

. 'she went of her own accord'- Isabella elopes with Heathcliff

ISABELLA'S LETTER:

."Is Mr Heathcliff a man? if so is he mad? If not, is he a devil?"- Reveals the terror Isabella experiences in her new marriage

. "Despair", "Bitter", "Sorrow". "Wild regrets"...- Isabella's emotions

. "I assure you, a tiger, or a venemous serpent could not rouse terror in me equal to that which he awakens"

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The death of Catherine and the onset of Heathcliff

."her face was wan and listless; her hair uncurled"- Nelly's description of Isabella after visiting her at Wuthering Heights- signs of neglect 

. "existence after losing her would be hell"- Heathcliff on the subject of his life after the death of Catherine

. ' He dashed his head against the knotted trunk... howled not like a man, but like a saveg beast'- The reaction of Heathcliff to Catherine's death

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Women fighting back

. " I have run the whole way from Wuthering Heights"- Isabella to Nelly- runs away from Heathcliff to escape the abuse

. ' A deep cut under one ear.. white face scratched and bruised'- Nelly's description of Isabella- the physical abuse she has facced at the hands of her husband- legal back then to do this

. Isabella takes off her wedding ring 'striking it with childish spite' and throws it 'among the coals'- the effect of the violent nature of Wuthering Heights on Isabella, corrupted.

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Strong emotions borne out of suffering

. "Now, my bonny lad you are mine! And we'll see if one tree won't grow as crooked as another, with the same wind to twist it"- Heathcliff to Hareton- Heathcliff vows to use Hareton to continue to exact vengeance upon a world that has not enables his relationship to Catherine to be fulfilled

. "I cannot live without my soul"- Heathcliff's reaction to Catherine's death

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The beginning of change/ the transformation

. Cathy was 'the most winning thing that ever brought sunshine into a desolate house'- description by Nelly- biased? Nelly loves Cathy (daughter of Catherine)

. "Besides, he's mine"- Heathcliff presented as a cruel and manipulative father- "I'm bitterly disappointed with the whey-faced whining wretch"

. "colossal dunce"- Description of Hareton by Linton and Cathy

. "Pretty Linton! I wish you were my brother!"- True relationship of Cathy and Linton- Cathy doesn't love him romantically as Heathcliff wished

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The ending

. "I'm not to be soft with Catherine- She's my wife and it's shameful that she should wish to leave me... everything she has is mine"- Linton about Cathy- women become second class citizens- lack of power of women in society or in the domestic world

.HEATHCLIFF'S NARRATIVE- "I felt that Cathy was there, not under me, but on the earth... A sudden sense of relief flowed from my heart"..."Her presence was with me"..."I could almost see her,and yet I could not"- Heathcliff explaining how he tried to dig up Catherine's body to hold her (suggested necrophelia)- Public shocked by the behaviour of Heathcliff, going against the religious idea of 'RIP'.

. "He's safe and I'm free"- Cathy upon Linton's death

. "She does not seem so amiable... as Mrs Dean would persuade me to believe"- Lockwood on the character of Cathy- reveals Nelly's biased narrative

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The ending (2)

. Tension still apparent between Cathy and Hareton- Nelly's presence and the introduction of education changes this and their 'intimacy...grew rapidly'

. 'Transportation of plants' from the Grange to the Heights- indicates change

. "I have to remind myself to breathe- almost remind my heart to bear!"- Heathcliff and his state of heath- giving up, depressed

."Last night I was on the threshold of hell. To-day, I am within sight of my heaven"- Heathcliff to Nelly- knows he's dying and he's to be reunited with Catherine soon.

. 'ghastly paleness... a goblin.. ghoul... vampire.. fiend"- Descriptions of Heathcliff's appearance by Nelly before his death- supernatural imagery still relating to Heathcliff, from life until death

."They are afraid of nothing...Together they would brave Satan and his Legions"- Lockwood's reference to the strength of Cathy and Hareton's relationship

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