Relationships in 'Wuthering Heights' Quiz | 10 Questions
Cathy and Hareton have fallen in love at the end of Wuthering Heights. Their relationship mirrors almost identically the love Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Describe Cathy's first meeting with Hareton. Compare the relationships among Heathcliff, Catherine, and Edgar to the relationships between Hareton, Cathy. And Hareton is not helped by his resemblance to Catherine. His eyes are an uncanny match to his aunt's and he looks far more like Catherine than her own.
Bronte eases us in to this unusual society with something of a sense of humour through the foolish Lockwood, who ventures out in a blizzard: I knew, through experience, that I was tolerably attractive.
Like concentric circles, the narrative then jumps to the main orbit of Nelly Dean's narration. Nelly is both insider and outsider. She is integral as a maternal figure in rearing many of the children, but remains an outsider due to her social class as a domestic servant. Nelly, in many senses, is the main character of the novel for it is she who tells the majority of the tale.
We see events through her eyes and she is quick to judge and to criticise her charges for their actions.
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Nelly can be seen as a sensible and reliable narrator. For instance, as a mother figure she condemns Catherine's tantrums and Heathcliff's inability to forgive, merely voicing the values of mainstream society.
Yet Nelly is ineffectual and disempowered; her moralising does not prevent disaster. In fact, in many ways, her actions add to it. A case in point is her betrayal of Cathy by revealing the correspondence with Linton to Edgar, which leads to Cathy's more extreme action in escaping the boundaries of Thrushcross Grange. Nelly often does and says what makes her look good. Therefore, Nelly's narrative should not be seen as neutral and unbiased.
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Nelly herself is rather a mystery — for example, who is Mr Dean and where is this husband? What are her own origins, given that she, like Hindley and Heathcliff, has grown up at the Heights? The reader need not always agree with her judgments, but formulate their own. Advertisement The novel is divided into two halves, which are in dialogue with each other. Many film and television productions leave out the second key relationship so vital to the novel's meaning.
The first part centres on the love between Catherine and Heathcliff. At this stage Heathcliff seems a romantic figure. He is mysterious and his genesis is unknown - he is thought to be a gypsy orphan taken from the streets of Liverpool. His dangerous working-class presence, as perceived by Hindley, threatens the very basis of the Earnshaw gentry and indeed he eventually seeks to bring it down.
Catherine, on the other hand, romanticises his origins, imagining him as a prince. Rather like the surly Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Heathcliff has dark good looks, an impressive build, and the enigmatic personality of the classic Byronic romance hero. He does not whimper at the treatment dealt him by Hindley, but rails against it. Readers, at this stage, admire his pluck and determination in spite of the unfair hand life has dealt him.
This reading goes against Nelly's imagery of him right from the start as "demonic," "villainous" and "bestial". Catherine and Heathcliff are both outsiders. Catherine will have no inheritance and she too is an orphan when Mr Earnshaw dies. It is no surprise then that the outside, or nature, is their realm. They wander the moors together.
In a key scene they are both in the garden looking through the window into the Lintons' drawing room as if they are observing aliens at play. When Catherine is dying Heathcliff waits to hear news in the shrubbery. He is not a man who is comfortable inside houses with social niceties such as drawing room music and conversation. Their love breaks, or transgresses, boundaries. Heathcliff breaks into Catherine's coffin to lie with her. Catherine must have the window open in order to allow the moor air in, and, metaphorically, Heathcliff.
She grows just as rude and cold as its inhabitants, and, whenever Hareton expresses any amount of regard or tenderness towards her, she spurns it. Cathy and Hareton's relationship changes when, eventually, Cathy decides to help him with his secret self-education by teaching him how to read and talk properly.
At first Hareton is uneasy about this, suspecting some patronising trickery, but it soon comes to be that the two fall in love. Heathcliff thus allows his emotions to take him over, and, because of his secret regard for Hareton who in many ways resembles himhis sudden indifference about his enemies' destruction and his increasingly overwhelming desire to be with his soul mate Catherine Earnshaw, he lets the two continue their romance.
Hareton is deeply hurt by his subsequent death, because he views Heathcliff as his true father. He kisses his corpse relentlessly, digging the grave with tears spilling down his cheeks.
As Nelly points out, "poor Hareton, the most wronged, was the only one who really suffered much" for Heathcliff's demise: He sat by the corpse all night, weeping in bitter earnest.
He pressed its hand, and kissed the sarcastic, savage face that every one else shrank from contemplating; and bemoaned him with that strong grief which springs naturally from a generous heart, though it be tough as tempered steel. At the close of Wuthering Heights, Cathy and Hareton plan to live in Thrushcross Grange and marry on New Year's Day, adding a sense of the happy ending to an otherwise dark story.
Description[ edit ] Hareton is a broad-shouldered, strong man, with dark hair. Isabella Linton says that he has "a look of Catherine [Earnshaw] in his eyes", and indeed he and Cathy Linton both have the dark brown "Earnshaw eyes". He seems to carry Heathcliff's spirit, and the two have a strange regard for one another, in spite of the fact that Heathcliff has completely ruined his life.