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Wuthering Heights and the Earnshaws express the storm; Thrushcross Suffering also sears the weak; Isabella and her son Linton become vindictive, and Edgar turns Isabella refuses to heed Catherine's warning and Nellie's advice about. Isabella is Edgar Linton's pampered and privileged sister whose upbringing stands in sharp contrast to Catherine's. When we first see her, she is fighting over a. Isabella Linton is a complex character in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. brother Edgar marries Catherine, Isabella takes a special liking to Heathcliff.
Catherine's willfulness and Edgar's passive love means that Catherine takes on the dominant i. Active Themes Then one evening Heathcliff appears at the Grange. Catherine is almost frantic with excitement. Edgar is less pleased. He suggests they receive Heathcliff in the kitchen, but Catherine insists that they bring him into the parlor. Catherine's love for Heathcliff is immediately apparent.
Edgar tries to denigrate Heathcliff by receiving him in the kitchen, which is where one would meet with people of a lower class.
As Heathcliff enters the parlor, Nelly notes that he looks imposing, mature, and dignified, in contrast to his youthful roughness. Yet he still retains a kind of "ferocity" in his eyes. Heathcliff has escaped the lower class "roughness" imposed on him by Hindley, but retains his wild nature.
Active Themes As Edgar, Heathcliff, and Catherine talk, Heathcliff says that he returned hoping only to catch a glimpse of Catherine, exact revenge on Hindley, and then kill himself.
But Catherine's joy at seeing him has changed his mind. Edgar, uncomfortable, interrupts to say that if they wait any longer the tea will get cold. As he leaves, Heathcliff shocks Nelly when he tells her that he is staying at Wuthering Heights at Hindley's invitation. Heathcliff is a man of grand, reckless, wild actions, such as revenge and suicide.
Edgar is a civilized man of comfort, and when Heathcliff's wildness makes him uncomfortable he tries to impose civilization through the ritual of having tea.
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Heathcliff staying at the Heights reminds the reader of his promise to get revenge on Hindley. Active Themes That night, Catherine awakens Nelly to tell her that she couldn't sleep from excitement.
She says that she had praised Heathcliff to Edgar, but that Edgar had claimed to feel sick and even cried. Nelly advises Catherine to hide her feelings for Heathcliff and treasure her husband's love, but Catherine dismisses Edgar and Isabella as spoiled children. Nelly comments that it's actually the Lintons who humor Catherine. Again Edgar takes on the weak, feminine role in his relationship with Catherine.
Catherine, meanwhile, doesn't seem to understand the basics of love, and, like a child, also doesn't understand why she can't just have everything that she wants. Is it possible that one of the other themes constitutes the center of the novel, or are the other themes secondary to the theme of love? Consider the following themes: Clash of elemental forces.
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The universe is made up of two opposite forces, storm and calm. Catherine and Heathcliff are elemental creatures of the storm. This theme is discussed more fully in Later Critical response to Wuthering Heights The clash of economic interests and social classes. The novel is set at a time when capitalism and industrialization are changing not only the economy but also the traditional social structure and the relationship of the classes.
The yeoman or respectable farming class Hareton was being destroyed by the economic alliance of the newly-wealthy capitalists Heathcliff and the traditional power-holding gentry the Lintons. Striving for transcendence [transcendence: It is not just love that Catherine and Heathcliff seek but a higher, spiritual existence which is permanent and unchanging, as Catherine makes clear when she compares her love for Linton to the seasons and her love for Heathcliff to the rocks.
The dying Catherine looks forward to achieving this state through death. This theme is discussed more fully in Religion, Metaphysics, and Mysticism. The abusive patriarch and patriarchal family.
The male heads of household abuse females and males who are weak or powerless. This can be seen in their use of various kinds of imprisonment or confinement, which takes social, emotional, financial, legal, and physical forms.
Earnshaw expects Catherine to behave properly and hurtfully rejects her "bad-girl" behavior. Edgar's ultimatum that Catherine must make a final choice between him or Heathcliff restricts Catherine's identity by forcing her to reject an essential part of her nature; with loving selfishness Edgar confines his daughter Cathy to the boundaries of Thrushcross Grange. A vindictive Hindley strips Heathcliff of his position in the family, thereby trapping him in a degraded laboring position.
Heathcliff literally incarcerates Isabella as her husband and legal overseerand later he imprisons both Cathy and Nellie; also, Cathy is isolated from the rest of the household after her marriage to Linton by Healthcliff's contempt for and hatred of them.
Study of childhood and the family. The hostility toward and the abuse of children and family members at Wuthering Heights cut across the generations. The savagery of children finds full expression in Hindley's animosity toward Heathcliff and in Heathcliff's plans of vengeance.
Wrapped in the self-centeredness of childhood, Heathcliff claims Hindley's horse and uses Mr. Earnshaw's partiality to his own advantage, making no return of affection. Earnshaw's disapproval of Catherine hardens her and, like many mistreated children, she becomes rebellious.
The effects of intense suffering. In the passion-driven characters—Catherine, Heathcliff, and Hindley—pain leads them to turn on and to torment others. Inflicting pain provides them some relief; this behavior raises questions about whether they are cruel by nature or are formed by childhood abuse and to what extent they should be held responsible for or blamed for their cruelties.
Is all their suffering inflicted by others or by outside forces, like the death of Hindley's wife, or is at least some of their torment self-inflicted, like Heathcliff's holding Catherine responsible for his suffering after her death? Suffering also sears the weak; Isabella and her son Linton become vindictive, and Edgar turns into a self-indulgent, melancholy recluse.