What do we learn about Heathcliff’s character from Pg 12 - the
entrance of Heathcliff (paragraph 2) to Pg 13 “my amiable lady”.
How typical is this of elsewhere in the novel?
This extract is taken from the beginning of the novel, chapter 2. In
this chapter we begin to pick up on the uncomfortable atmosphere in
Wuthering Heights and a further insight into the characters and their
Heathcliff’s entrance on page 12 causes a plea of shelter from Mr.
Lockwood. He says “You see sir, I have come according to my
promise!”. This emphasises Heathcliff’s status of power in the WH and
the constant need to please and treat him with respect. This
exclamatory sentence shows us Mr. Lockwood naivety to the situation in
WH, more emphasise is provided for this characteristic in Mr
.Lockwood’s inability to understand the danger of the moors, which in
turn leads the reader to believe that he may not understand the danger
This extract intrigues readers through the desire to understand
Heathcilff. His obvious rudeness to assist in Mr. Lockwood’s safe
journey to his abode shows us how much he has changed since refusing
to leave Catherine in the care of the Linton’s at Thushcross Grange in
chapter 6, “I refused to go without Cathy” (pg 51). This unbelievable
contrast between the young Heathcliff and the master we are introduced
to is Emily Bronte’s method to draw us in to the inner consciousness
of his character through this obvious inner conflict we are being
presented with. His body language is deeply described throughout the
novel which not o...
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...r Linton told him he was “incurable”. Again another
factor from the past that has now become true. In my opinion its
almost as though HC has given in to these accusations he was
surrounded by in the past.
The atmosphere in the house is described as “an austere silence”,
“grim” and “taciturn”. Mr Lockwood is left to believe that this is
their “every day countenance”. Similarly to how Nelly blaming HC for
the atmosphere he unintentionally carried with him from his arrival at
Wuthering Heights, “from the beginning he bred bad feelings in the
house”. In the past HC was used as a scapegoat and an easy target for
the others to blame him, now the conclusions can be made that HC is
the reason for this “cloud” that surrounds the present day, and he has
spread his past “incurable” nature on to all those that surround him.
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