Presentation on theme: "Our extract: pg 288 to 291. We’re inclined to feel sympathy for Heathcliff- “Nobody loves you- nobody will cry for you, when you die!” He is portrayed."— Presentation transcript:
We’re inclined to feel sympathy for Heathcliff- “Nobody loves you- nobody will cry for you, when you die!” He is portrayed as a passionate character, bordering insane- “I’ll have her in my arms again! If she be cold, I’ll think it is this north wind that chills me; and if she be motionless, it is sleep.” He is a troubled character-”Disturbed her? No! She has disturbed me, night and day, through eighteen years-incessantly-remorselessly-.” Aggressive- “ ‘You shall be sorry to be yourself presently,’ said her father-in-law, ‘if you stand there another minute.’ ”
Catherine doesn’t respect or likes Heathcliff. - “He’s your son. But I’m glad I’ve a better, to forgive it.” Catherine is not afraid of him, despite Heathcliff’s violent speech. Nelly has a motherly relationship with Heathcliff. She is not afraid to give him a scolding- “ ‘You were very wicked, Mr. Heathcliff!’ I exclaimed; ‘were you not ashamed to disturb the dead?’ ” Nelly still sees him as a savage, due to use of the word, “wicked.”
“Catherine spoke with a kind of dreamy triumph.”- Juxtaposing behaviorism, as dreary is associated with sadness, and to be triumphant is positive. “Draws pleasure from the grief of her enemies.”- Paradox idea of sadness being the cause of her happiness. “She scornfully withdrew.”-Use of short sentences replicates sharpness of Catherine's movements. Contradictory diction used to describe Catherine represents her unstable nature, like a storm. Reflects the late Catherine’s qualities as well.
Use of dashes within disjointed speech shows that he struggles to talk about the painful topic. Lack of connectives shows that he is-to-the point. “She showed herself, as she often was in life, a devil to me! And, since then, sometimes more, and sometimes less, I’ve been the sport of that intolerable torture!”- Contradictory, as he describes love of his life as a devil, and says that loving her is torture. “Relinquished by labor of agony and turned consoled at once: unspeakably consoled.”- Contradicting, as he finds consolation in agony. Heathcliff’s juxtaposing diction mirrors Catherine’s. Diction portrays complexity of Heathcliff and late Catherine’s relationship.
Use of old English- “yesternight” meaning yesterday night. Use of intense diction and plosive sounds- “casting back a look that cut my heart.” Cutting also refers to when the late Catherine cut her hand on the window. Shows her refusing to let go of her hold on Heathcliff.
Constant references with Catherine and the earth. – “she had been dissolved into the earth.” Emphasizes that she is a woman of nature, untamable. Reference of how Catherine and Heathcliff used to in the dirt. Theme of nature portrays the advancing of time and development of feelings- “The day she was buried there came a fall of snow. In the evening I went to the churchyard. It blew a bleak as winter –” With advancing of time comes theme of renewal.
Religious references to death. - “Lonely, like the devil, and envious like him?” Direct references to Catherine’s death. Mention of graves and coffins. Theme of death gives a realistic edge.
During the 18th century, gothic novels were a craze. Wuthering Heights has gothic elements. Heathcliff has, “a strong belief in ghosts”. Shows his dismissal of the fact that Catherine has left him and the mortal world. Supernatural theme corresponds with the motif of renewal- Catherine,“enters into the spirit of her new family.” Supernatural elements could merely be hallucinations- “I was wild after she died.”
Repetition of “nobody” and “dead”. As if he was thinking aloud. Repetition for clarification. Repetition for emphasis.
“It blew bleak as winter.”-Soft ‘b’contrasts with the harsh image of winter. “A sudden sense of relief flowed”- Sibilance represents sound of water flowing. Relief is compared to nature.
“Heathcliff is me.”- Catherine is being submissive. They are both, “Children of the storm”. Soulmates- becoming each other, as one. Sacrifices her identity and becomes Heathcliff.