Heathcliff – He is a bitter mantormented by the loss of his love Catherine and the abuse of his stepbrother,Hindley. He gains the Earnshaw inheritance and sets out to ruin EdgarLinton. 2. Catherine Earnshaw – She fallsin love with Heathcliff, marries Edgar Linton because of financial andsocial advantages and dies after giving birth to Catherine Linton.
3. Hindley Earnshaw – He is the sonand heir to the Earnshaw inheritance but abuses Heathcliff and seeks todegrade Heathcliff for winning the love of Mr. Earnshaw. 4. Hareton Earnshaw – He is the sonof Hindley, yet cared for by Heathcliff.
In his plot to ruin Hindleyand Edgar, he becomes like Heathcliff but falls in love and marries CatherineLinton. Two minor characters1. Isabella Linton – She is the naivesister of Edgar and the wife of Heathcliff but later runs off to Londonand remains in hiding after Heathcliff throws a knife at her. 2. Linton Heathcliff – He was bornin London but his mother died and he was given to his Uncle, but Heathclifflater get custody of him and marries him off to Little Cathy.
Three main settings1. Wuthering Heights – It was oncethe estate of the Earnshaws but falls into the hands of Heathcliff andmirrors his cold and grim state of mind. 2. Thrushcross Grange – It is theostentatious home of the Lintons and impresses Catherine and transformsher into a lady. 3. London – Isabella Heathcliff runsthere after having a knife thrown at her head.
There she gives birthto Linton Heathcliff. One paragraph plot outlineHeathcliff was a waif taken in byMr. Earnshaw and his household. He grows bitter as he grows olderfalling in love with and losing Catherine. He seeks to destroy Hindleyand Edgar Linton blaming them for losing Catherine.
He believe thatHindley caused his loss of Catherine by degrading him. Through hermarriage to Edgar Linton, Catherine becomes introduced to a world of materialism. She dies and her death fuels Heathcliffs rage against Hindley and Edgar. However, soon after, Hindley also dies and the Earnshaw estate and Haretonfall into the hands of Heathcliff. Later, Heathcliff wins the custodyof his son, Linton.
He forces Cathy to marry Linton and plans tosteal the Grange from Edgar through Linton. Both Linton and Edgardies and the Grange goes to Heathcliff who now owns both Wuthering Heightsand Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff marries Hareton to Cathy tryingto make Hareton fit his image. Cathy is loving to Hareton and whenHeathcliff dies, both Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights go to them.
Two symbols and references1. Wuthering Heights – This housesymbolizes anger, hatred and jealousy. As in the shown by the name,there is lot of tension within that house. The Heights mirrorthe conditions of its inhabitants, especially Hindley and Heathcliff.
2. Thrushcross Grange – This housecontrasts with Wuthering Heights since it has the appearance one wouldexpect from a pleasing worldly lifestyle. This appearance of thishouse also symbolizes the feelings of the inhabitants. Like the house,the Lintons are materialistic and superficial. 3. Hareton and Cathy – These twosymbolize Heathcliff and Catherine showing what they could have becomeif their situations were slightly different.
Both couples live insimilar situations and allow for the comparison. Two or three sentenceson styleBronte write in a dreary, melancholy stylethat provides the dark atmosphere to the story. She write the bookmaking use of a frame since most of the story is conveyed through the narrationof Nelly. One or two sentences ondominant philosophyThis book contrasts the effects oflove and hate contrasting the two feelings.
It shows hatred throughHeathcliff and displays how that leads to destruction while contrastingit with the love of Cathy and Hareton displaying how that builds. Four short quotationstypical of the work (include speaker, occasion)”Cathy, do come. Oh do-once more!Oh! my hearts darling! hear me this time, Catherine, at last!”Heathcliff calls for Catherine after Mr. Lockwood confessed he saw an apparitionoutside his window.
“Im trying to settle how I shall pay Hindleyback. I dont care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last. I hope he will not die before I do. ” Heathcliff swears revenge againstHindley after Hindley had locked Heathcliff in the attic. “Here! and here! replied Catherine,striking one hand on her forehead and the other on her breast, in whichever place the soul lives.
In my soul and in my heart, Im convincedIm wrong!” Catherine acknowledges that her marriage to Edgar cannotbe one of love because she knows that Heathcliff is her true love. “Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so,is he mad? And if not, is he a devil?” Isabella writes to Ellen.