Wuthering Heights Character Analysis

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He is jealous of Edgar and he decides to leave Wuthering Heights. He spies on a conversation between Catherine and Nelly where the young Earnshaw states that “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…” (74) missing the last part of her speech where she confesses her love for him. Catherine is in love with Heathcliff but her intention is to marry Edgar, alleging that he is handsome, wealthy, respectable and because he loves her. She is conscious of Heathcliff’s lack of proper education and manners and states that “I shall like to be the greatest woman of the neighbourhood, and I shall be proud of having such a husband.”(72) Heathcliff would not make her a proud wife although she deeply loves him. This revelation causes a breaking point in...

Nelly narrates how she “was amazed, more than ever, to behold the transformation of Heathcliff. He had grown a tall, athletic, well-formed man(…) His countenance was much older in expression and decision of feature than Mr Linton's; it looked intelligent, and retained no marks of former degradation. A half-civilized ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire, but it was subdued; and his manner was even dignified: quite divested of roughness, though stern for grace.”(89) His absence was caused by a financial and educational growth. Here we can see how important the concept of the gentleman meant to the Victorian society and men. Heathcliff is conscious of Edgar’s physical and personal attributes, which were the main reason why Catherine married him, and he decides to change his own qualities in order to prove her...

Heathcliff discovers that Catherine is a married woman and lives with her husband at Thrushcross Grange, she did not wait for him. Catherine realizes that her true love is “now worthy of anyone's regard, and it would honour the first gentleman in the country to be his friend” (92) but it’s too late to be with Heathcliff even if she wanted to. Heathcliff deeply hates Edgar for marrying Catherine and when she confesses to him that Isabella Linton is secretly in love with him he develops a plan to destroy the Linton...
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