Wuthering Heights is the only novel written by Emily Bronte, an English novelist and poet. Wuthering Heights is a tale of a powerful love between two people, which transcends all boundaries, including that between life and death and it is widely known by the readers because of its honest and accurate portrayal of life during an early era and the literary merit it possesses in and of itself which enables the text to rise above entertainment and rank as quality literature. After reading the whole novel in general and chapter nine in particular, I was deeply impressed by the main character- Catherine, especially her personality and her love to Health cliff.
Chapter 9 of Wuthering heights is a conversation between Catherine and Nelly, the housekeeper of the Earn Shaw through which we can understand Catherine’s characteristics and feelings.
1.On the one hand, Catherine is perceived as sincere and passionate and determined in love.
-She can overcome all boundaries of social class to love Health cliff including that between life and death. Since health cliff was adopted by Mr. Earnshaw, she has never looked down on him or has never considered him a servant. In stead, witnessing him being badly treated by her brother, she becomes closer to him and shows great sympathy and understanding to the boy.
-After accepting Linton’s proposal, Catherine thinks of her future life as that in the heaven “I’ve no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to do in the heaven” which is associated with happiness, wealth, leisure, comfort, peace and a free-trouble world. However, she is not really happy to be there. Instead, she chooses to stay on earth, even though it is the place of disorder, complicity and great trouble because she knows it is her place where she belongs to and where heathcliff lives. She feels happy to be with him to share his misery. As regards to Edgar’s family, she will be like a stranger who is imprisoned in a beautiful place from which she tries to escape. She goes on saying that Heathcliff is like her soul mate, a person who is very important to her. He is the one who has a lot of things in common with her.
A Farewell to Arms is a typical love story. It is much like Romeo and Juliet. Frederick Henry representing a similar role to Romeo and Catherine Barkley to Juliet. Like the love of Romeo and Juliet, the conflicting environment and people around them challenged their love. Frederick and Catherine are placed against significant odds in this novel. They must survive the obstacles of World War I. ...
-Catherine is worth admiring for her strong love. She can not only overcome the boundaries of social class to approach Heathcliff but also overcome that of death and life to love him with all her heart even it means sacrifice herself for the sake of Heathcliff. “And if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn’t have thought of it” or she will never accept to marry Linton if it is not for helping the one she loves. If she marry Linton, she can “aid Heathcliff to rise” and place him out of her brother’s power. When taking about Heathcliff, readers can feel her warmth, passion and sincerity in every word. She speaks her mind and shares her heart-felt feeling. Her instinct tells her that Heathcliff is the reason for her existence. She totally sympathizes with him and sincerely believes that his misery is hers also. It seems to her that there are just two of them in the world. She does not care even if the world around her is destroyed provided that heathcliff still stays alive. But if he dies, the world will stop. In other words, her life is just meaningful with H. Her love for Edger is like “leaves on tree”, which can changes its shape. Whereas her love to H is like rock, which implies an unchangeable and long-lasting love. In fact, they are two but one person.
-When H left is the time when her love is represented most strongly. She behaves wildly as if she is totally a different one that time. Although it is going to rain with thunder and very dark as well, Catherine “kept wandering to and fro, from the gate to the door”. The repeat in rhythm of this sentence indicates the mixture of her feeling. She can’t stay still and wait for him. In his mind is the conflict of fearing to lose him forever and worry for the safe of the man. She does not at all care for herself “refusing to take shelter, and standing bonnetless and showl-less and catch as much water as she could with her hair and clothes”. Some may think that her behavior is unacceptable and so wild. However, in my opinion it is totally natural because that is the way she is. She is behaving right to her true characters. Put yourself in her case and you will see how suffering she is that time. H is her life, her soul and the only reason for her existence. The moment he leaves her is the time she loses everything. She agrees to marry Edgar is because of him and she does not care about social status is because of him. And now he disappears which somehow means she is losing herself. Her behavior, as a result, is a normal reaction of one who seems to have nothing left to lose. In other words, her feelings that moment are that of a person who is too hurt to feel anything. The way she acts shows that she forgets who she is: a mistress. I really admire this girl for her love because not every one can have such thing in their life.
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2.On the other hand, Catherine is a selfish, dishonest, indifferent and unconventional person to certain extent.
-It is undeniable that she accepts to marry Edgar for the sake of H. However; there is another reason in it, which is to help do good to her family. Since her father death, her family is in the hand of his brother whose wife’s death makes him really awful. He is always drunk and feels completely lost which brings the whole family to the age of collapse. As regards to the Linton, they are a wealthy and respectable family belonging to upper class in the society. Considering the fact, Catherine accepts to marry Edgar not because she loves him but because she wants to take advantages of his wealth for her own purpose and interest.
-In addition, she does not show any care to Edgar who is going to be her husband. The way she talks about him shows her indifference and selfishness. She just cares about herself and H without realizing that what she is doing to Edgar is unacceptable. Back to the conversation between Catherine and the housekeeper, when being asked about how she loves Mr. Edgar, she just gives short and insincere answers “because he is handsome and pleasant to be with”. She pays more attention to the surface of things when she mentions clintion’s physical appearance. Above all, she loves him because “he is handsome, and young, and cheerful, and rich” and finally loves her. Love comes at the end of the list which shows that Catherine does not care much about his true feeling, she just care about his family’s background and his appearance. The more she thinks of H and cares for him the less she does with Mr. Linton, which is so unfair and selfish of her. Edger is nobody to her but the means to help her carry out her plan. Catherine’s decision makes three of them including herself, H and E all suffering.
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-She accepts to marry Linton which means she betrays her love and cheats her future husband. To certain extent, she hurts both men at the same time.
-In that time, women are supposed to devote to family, perform all duties in their house. However, Catherine is unconventional in her own independent thinking. Once the wedding takes place, Catherine should be caring, faithful to Edgar. She has to adjust herself to the new environment. Any relationship with H is forbidden. Judging from her talk, the housekeeper is doubtful about whether she will be successful in caring out the task of a wife or not. It is likely that she will cause a lot of disasters in her family if she does not get rid of her way of thinking. She firmly believes that after her wedding, she can continue the relationship with H “ who is to separate us, pray? They will meet the fate of Milo” and her husband –to-be is considered an easily leaded man in her eyes “Edgar mus shake off his antipathy, and tolerate him, at least. He will, when he learns my true feelings towards him”. How can a husband tolerate his wife for her unfaithfulness, let alone her lover? She is not only unconventional but also unreasonable.
The more we admire Catherine for her love to H, the harder it is to sympathize for her behavior and selfishness in the whole story in general and chapter 9 in particular. Above all, we have to admit that Catherine is the most successful character created by the author in the entire story. The way Emily describes Catherine’s thinking process and the way the author uses the surroundings to make clear the emotional state of the main character contribute greatly to the success of the story through which give fame to the author herself. In conclusion, thanks to Emily Bronte readers can have good chances to enjoy a lovely work of art and to understand more about a certain period of English history and English literature as well.
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