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Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë that was first published in Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. Continue your study of Wuthering Heights with these useful links. Here, he meets his dour landlord, Heathcliff, a wealthy man who lives in the ancient manor of Wuthering Heights, four miles away from the Grange. In this wild . Wuthering Heights is a novel of revenge and romantic love. . Meanwhile, Heathcliff is staying at Wuthering Heights with Hindley Earnshaw.

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Without his wife to help tone down his rage, Hindley becomes even more vengeful toward Heathcliff.

Hindley resents his new son, and he becomes an abusive alcoholic. His primary activity is making life miserable for Heathcliff and, as a consequence, for everyone else in the house.

Analysis of Major Characters

Though Catherine confesses to Nelly an all-consuming love for Heathcliff, she still marries Edgar. Even out on the isolated moors, social class dictates whom you marry. Heathcliff takes off for three years to who knows where.

Heathcliff is now on a mission of revenge against Hindley, who is in even worse shape than before. Loaded with a bunch of money gained during his mysterious absence, Heathcliff sets into motion his master plan to acquire Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.

Heathcliff exploits the fact that Hindley is a drunken mess and engages him in extended bouts of gambling that eventually lead Hindley to mortgage Wuthering Heights to pay his debts.

The house now belongs to Heathcliff. Heathcliff continues to visit Catherine at Thrushcross Grange, though her husband Edgar treats him like a low-born outsider. In order to acquire Edgar's property, Heathcliff marries Isabella Linton, who brings out all of his abusive instincts. A violent argument between Edgar and Heathcliff sends Catherine to the sickbed, from which she never really recovers. She does, however, give birth to a daughter, also named Catherine.

When Catherine dies, Heathcliff's sorrow and rage increase and he pleads for Catherine's ghost to haunt him. Unable to take his abusiveness any longer, Isabella flees for London, where she gives birth to a son, Linton Heathcliff.

For the next thirteen years, Nelly Dean stays at Thrushcross Grange to raise Catherine, a feisty daddy's girl. Edgar and Nelly make sure that Catherine knows nothing of Wuthering Heights or its master. But, like her mother, Catherine is drawn to adventure and wants to explore the moors and all of its craggy, windswept spots. When Nelly forbids her to leave the property of Thrushcross Grange, Catherine goes off on her own.

She ends up at Wuthering Heights, where she meets Hindley's son Hareton.

Wuthering Heights

Heathcliff's despicable treatment of the young man has turned Hareton into a grunting, uneducated oaf. Lockwood, a new tenant at Thrushcross Grange, writing in his diary about his visit to his landlord, Mr.

While entering Wuthering Heights, Lockwood notices but does not comment upon the date "" and the name "Hareton Earnshaw" above the principal door. Lockwood, an unwelcome guest, soon meets Joseph, a servant, and a pack of dogs that have overrun the farmhouse.

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Although he receives no encouragement from his host, Lockwood decides to make a return visit. Analysis Wuthering Heights opens with a date that signifies the setting as well as the form of the narrative.

The present is ; however, the primary story line has taken place years ago. Most of the action in the novel occurs in Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange, or the moors in between the two houses.

Wuthering Heights

All three locations are "completely removed from the stir of society," and each house symbolizes its habitants: Those at Wuthering Heights tend to be strong, wild, and passionate whereas those at Thrushcross Grange are passive, civilized, and calm. Soon after, Catherine reveals to Heathcliff that Isabella has a crush on him.

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Not long after that, she observes the two of them embracing. The developing romance leads to a conflict between Edgar and Heathcliff, after which Edgar demands that Catherine choose between the two of them.

Catherine responds by locking herself into her room and refusing to eat for three days.

On the third day, she is frenzied and delusional and believes herself near death. That same night, Heathcliff elopes with Isabella. Edgar nurses Catherine for two months. Her health improves somewhat, though not completely. She also discovers that she is pregnant. At Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff treats Isabella terribly from the moment after their wedding.

Edgar, however, refuses to have any contact with Isabella, and fears that Heathcliff wed Isabella solely as a way to try to take Thrushcross Grange from the Lintons. Two months after the wedding, Heathcliff, concerned about Catherine's health, pays a surprise visit to Thrushcross Grange while Edgar is away. In a tearful reunion, Heathcliff and Catherine profess their continuing and eternal love for each other, but Edgar soon returns and Catherine collapses.

That night, Catherine gives birth to a girl, Cathy, and dies a few hours later.

Catherine is buried in a spot overlooking the moors where she used to play with Heathcliff as a child. Two days later, Isabella escapes from Wuthering Heights and goes to town outside London, where she gives birth to Heathcliff's son, Linton. Hindley dies six months later, so deeply in debt to Heathcliff that Heathcliff becomes the owner of Wuthering Heights.

Heathcliff then places Hareton into the same kind of servitude into which Hindley once placed him. Twelve years pass. Cathy grows into a beautiful young woman, while Hareton grows into a rough youth.

Heathcliff then carefully and deliberately cultivates a friendship between the weak and spineless Linton and the strong-willed Cathy.Catherine is bitten by a dog and is forced to stay at the Grange to recuperate for five weeks, during which time Mrs. The family relationships, including multiple Earnshaws, Catherines, Lintons, and Heathcliffs, seem at this point in the novel to intertwine with baffling complexity, and the characters, because Lockwood first encounters them late in their story, seem full of mysterious passions and ancient, hidden resentments.

Wuthering Heights (SparkNotes)

After Mr. The two houses. Frances gives birth to a baby boy, Hareton, but she dies not long afterwards, the strain of childbirth having aggravated her chronic consumption.

Heathcliff becomes more and more obsessed with the memory of the elder Catherine, to the extent that he begins speaking to her ghost. Tell us! Joseph is strange.

Heathcliff was about twelve and Catherine was eleven.

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