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Wuthering Heights | Characters

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Character Description
Heathcliff Heathcliff, who later becomes obsessed with Cathy and revenge, is a brooding child adopted into the Earnshaw family. Read More
Cathy Cathy Earnshaw is a passionate, headstrong young woman, torn between her need for social status and her love for Heathcliff. Read More
Catherine Catherine, the daughter of Cathy and Edgar Linton, evolves past her mother's stubbornness to become a well-rounded romantic heroine. Read More
Mrs. Dean Ellen Dean, a servant who has spent most of her life working for the Earnshaws, is the primary narrator, who tells the history of Heathcliff, Cathy, Catherine, and Hareton to Mr. Lockwood while he is convalescing from an illness. Read More
Edgar The son of Mr. and Mrs. Linton, who becomes Cathy Earnshaw's husband and the father of their daughter, Catherine. Read More
Hareton Hareton, the son of Hindley and Frances Earnshaw, evolves past a lifetime of abuse and neglect to become a romantic hero. Read More
Hindley Hindley is the eldest Earnshaw child, Cathy's brother, who is jealous of his father's affection toward Heathcliff. He turns into an alcoholic gambler. He is the father of Hareton by marriage to Frances Earnshaw. Read More
Frances Earnshaw Frances Earnshaw, Hindley's wife, has a bubbly and optimistic personality. When she dies from consumption, Hindley never emotionally recovers. They have a son together, Hareton.
Mr. Earnshaw Mr. Earnshaw is the family patriarch, who wreaks havoc on his progeny by bringing Heathcliff into the family. He is Cathy and Hindley's father.
Mrs. Earnshaw Mrs. Earnshaw, Cathy and Hindley's mother, dislikes Heathcliff and ignores Hindley's abuse of him.
Mr. Green Mr. Green is Edgar's lawyer, who takes a bribe from Heathcliff and doesn't make it to Edgar's bedside in time to fix the will and protect Catherine from Heathcliff's plan to own Thrushcross Grange.
Isabella Edgar Linton's sister, Isabella falls in love with Heathcliff, who does not return her love but uses her to exact revenge on the Linton family. She and Heathcliff have a son, Linton.
Joseph Joseph is a cruel and angry Wuthering Heights servant, who stirs up trouble and mean-spiritedness by moralizing and judging.
Kenneth Kenneth is the family doctor of both the Earnshaw and Linton households.
Linton Linton inherits weakness and cruelty, the worse characteristics of both of his parents, Isabella and Heathcliff. He dies a terrible death at a young age.
Mr. Linton Mr. Linton is Edgar and Isabella's father. He hates Heathcliff, accuses him of being a thief, and refuses to acknowledge his acceptance into the Earnshaw family.
Mrs. Linton Mrs. Linton is Edgar and Isabella's mother. Like Mr. Linton, she rejects Heathcliff and refuses to acknowledge his acceptance into the Earnshaw family.
Mr. Lockwood Mr. Lockwood is one of the novel's two narrators. He comes from the city and rents Thrushcross Grange from Heathcliff.
Michael Michael is a servant in the stables at Thrushcross Grange. He helps Catherine sneak out to see Linton when she is a teenager.
Zillah Zillah is a servant at Wuthering Heights. She knows Hareton and Catherine since they were children, and she works for them and against them at different times throughout the novel.
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