The purpose of this paper is to assess the novel, "Wuthering Heights," by Emily Bronte,
particularly within the context of the character, Catherine. Catherine plays a prominent
role throughout "Wuthering Heights." For the most part, it is her love of Heathcliff which
represents the crutch of the human struggle encountered by Catherine, as well as other
characters throughout the story -- but especially Catherine. Curiously, relationships of
that period were more often than not governed by social convention. The relationship
between Catherine and Heathcliff is an exception to this.
..while, ultimately, one
Thrushcroff Grange attracts Catherine, and thusly leads her to stray from her true nature.
It is difficult to separate the character from the author, noting that the author's childhood
was basically isolated and gloomy, and Catherine herself, is a truly private individual. It
is this sense of privacy, in my opinion, that supersedes any other factor throughout the
story. To understand this sense of inwardness, one must explore the novel itself. The
story begins in the early 1800's (c. 1801) and one Mr. Lockwood removed from the
narrative. The novel begins to take shape, only after some degree of reading, when we
realize what is happening at Wuthering Heights in conjunction with Thrushcroff Grange.
Soon afterwards, Nelly Dean makes her appearance, while she herself is somewhat
unpreceptible. Overall, content and structure is rather fractured, although a so-called
Satanic hero begins to emerge as a creature of darkness as well as rebellion and passion.
Conversely, pressures on Heathcliff are internal. Results of his life emanate from his
orphan years in Liverpool and his horrific treatment at Wuthering Heights. The author
underscores the violence and darkness of man.
..even to such a primal and universal
degree that it is impossible to overcome. In the beginning, Mr. Lockwood visits his
landlord. He is a new tenant at Thrushcroff Grange and finds himself to be most
unwelcome. His treatment by the landlord, Mr. Heathcliff, the servants, and even the
dogs is less than welcoming. Heathcliff is something of a paradox. He exhibits the
manners of country squire, urbane and handsome although aloof and private. Wuthering