Wuthering Heights

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Wuthering Heights


Thrushcross Grange

  • 'Pure white', 'gold'-showing the higher class and social status
  • Opposite to WH
  • 'glass drops'
  • 'the idiots'-the Lintons have wealth, status and class yet are still unhappy

Wuthering Heights

  • Prison like
  • Oddly beautiful
  • Graveyard
  • 'completely removed from the stare of society'
  • 'grotesque' carvings
  • Lonely, isolated
  • Elemental, with nature.



  • Mean and vindictive (Nelly)
  • 'at 15 she was queen of the countryside'
  • Aware of her responsibilities , marrying Edgar
  • 'It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff'


  • Reflects the weather and moors
  • Different in appearance and character
  • 'Out and outer'
  • Nature/nurture
  • Passionate
  • Mysterious
  • Bedraggled
  • Out of control
  • Animalistic


  • Looks on
  • Unsure
  • Self depricating
  • Looknig for friends



  • Heathcliff and Cathy bond through mutual rebellion
  • Eternal passion 'I cannot live without my soul'
  • 'I am Heathcliff'
  • 'If all else remained and he were annihiliated the universe would turn a mighty stranger'
  • Edgar/Cathy and Cathy/Linton seperated through death
  • Fustration of love?
  • Cathy/Hareton are the only succesful couple, overcame social boundaries
  • 'It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff'
  • Heathcliff hands Cathy back to Edgar, belongs to him

Death and the supernatural

  • 'Surely you and everybody else have a notion that there is or should be an existance of yours beyond you'
  • 'i know ghosts have wondered on Earth.  Be with me always'
  • Death brings Hareton and Cathy together
  • Death is the only thing that can truly merge Cathy and Heathcliff
  • Supernatural is always dealt with at WH
  • Ghosts are a manifestation of the past, the power of memories


  • Heathcliff's characterised by violence
  • Catherine stays immature and child like
  • she is spoilt throughout her life
  • Cathy is not allowed to WH, Linton aware of how childhood is important and how she should be brought up within society.


  • Hindley wants revenge on Heathcliff, feels he stole his father from him
  • Heathcliff wants to 'pay Hindley back' for his mistreatment
  • Heathcliff wants revenge of Edgar so taking Cathy with their material revenge, he marries Isabella for this purpose
  • Isabella wishes she could take 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth'
  • Hareton is degraded as revenge of Hindley
  • Although isolated by his obession with revenge he is reuinted with Cathy in death
  • WH and TG return to their rightful heirs

Narrative Voice


  • Colloquial, less educated ' gipsy brat'
  • Emotional, dramatic
  • Exaggerated


  • Well educated, snobby-'Perceiving myself in a blunder'
  • Foolish-'a capital fellow' referring to Heathcliff
  • Naive-'Unluckily, it was a heap of dead rabbits'
  • Complex sentences
  • Doesn't understand the lives of the WH inhabitants

Critical reading


  • Cathy and Heathcliff's union is only maintained through Cathy's identity
  • Their love is tied to the convention of language, which categorises it as having a live and limited outcome
  • Cathy realises death is the only way to be truly merged with Heathclliff
  • Cathy and Heathcliff dramatise the unknown, repressed and childish part of everyone
  • The child is the mother of the man
  • Cathy and Heathcliff's love represents the pre-Oedipal stage, a time of absalute identification between the self and someone else(mother)




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