Tabby is brought to the imposing Seldom House as a maid, but has no responsibilities--and soon she's frightened by the ghost of the maid before her. Tabby soon finds out that her true job is to be a playmate and nanny figure to a young boy brought to the house, a boy who insists he's the young master and must be obeyed. The boy is Heathcliff, and the secrets of the house turn out to be far more sinister than Tabby could ever have realized.
Mores on the Moors: The aristocrats in the upper class had all of the power and the poor working class served them. The characters in the novel feel the need to raise their social status and in most cases they either fail at doing so or end up depressed and alone.
In this essay, I discuss important characters within the novel and how their desire for power motivates or hinders them to change their social status. Heathcliff changes his social status the most and seeks to dominate everything and everyone throughout the novel.
He starts as a nameless orphan on the streets of Liverpool. Fortunately, a respected gentleman Mr. Earnshaw takes Heathcliff away from Liverpool to the countryside in northern England and raises him as his own. Earnshaw elevates Heathcliff from the lower class to the aristocratic class as a country gentleman.
He is opposed to the new world he lives in because he comes from a completely different background than the Earnshaws.
Heathcliff is compelled to participate because of his desire to impress Mr. Earnshaw and to remain his favorite. The residents of Wuthering Heights immediately reject Heathcliff, but his child-like desire to be accepted makes him want to participate in their lives even though he receives a profusion of physical and emotional abuse.
However, the abuses that he endures create a desire in him to upgrade his social position. Heathcliff soon realizes that he needs to improve his station.
When Catherine rejects Heathcliff because he cannot advance her socially, he leaves Wuthering Heights to change into a wealthy gentleman. He returns to prove to Catherine that he can be a powerful and respected member of society. His love for her consumes him and he obsesses over her to prove himself to her.
His obsession with Catherine represents his desire for power and status. Garofalo argues that Heathcliff sees Catherine as a possession: Her death causes him to spin out of control and become even more obsessed with power. Now that he has nothing left, he feels a need to be wealthier and more powerful.
When Catherine was alive, he had two things to focus on: After she dies one half of his reason for living is gone, which motivates him to be as powerful as he can. This need for money and power causes him to acquire a need to exercise control over everyone in his life.
Heathcliff wants to dominate everything and everyone around him. Because of these desires, Heathcliff does anything to acquire more power, including using and abusing those closest to him.
He uses the Lintons to accomplish this. He exploits Isabella Linton to gain more money and land.
He believes that by marrying her, he will collect the Linton inheritance when Edgar dies. He sees her as an asset to use at his disposal because of her youth and naivety when they marry.
He manipulates his son Linton by forcing him to marry Catherine Linton when his inheritance plans with Isabella backfire. Her high born status means that she does not have to work for her social class like Heathcliff.
She is an incredibly narcissistic character because she only thinks of herself and does everything to better her station regardless of the feelings of others.
She does not think of why she loves Edgar and only cares about being the lady in the neighborhood with the highest social status. She makes a selfish decision and leaves Heathcliff, who represents a non-society based relationship that would lower her social status, and marries Edgar because she knows he can elevate her on the social ladder because the Linton family has a higher level of respect in society than the Earnshaw family.Apr 10, · Sales of Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte's classic gothic novel set on the Yorkshire moors, have quadrupled over the last year thanks to its appearance in the cult teenage film Twilight.
8 Comments to “The strange cult of Emily Brontë and the ‘hot mess’ of Wuthering Heights” Catherine Czerkawska July 21, at pm No bad thing to describe it as a ‘hot mess’.
A year later, Emily was dead, from consumption, aged just Charlotte wrote later: "Stronger than a man, simpler than a child, her nature stood alone." A note on the text. Wuthering Heights, A Novel by Ellis Bell, was published by Thomas Newby in December , three months after Jane Eyre.
Several reviewers, impressed by the force of the book, believed it had been written by a man.
I can say that Emily Bronte knew what she was doing when approaching the issues of the Wuthering Heights. The antagonic play between nature and culture in Bronte’s vision were of great impact at the time and I could say that this is a reason why Wuthering Heights is a literary masterpiece.
The Brontës were masters of using genre to enhance their work while offering innovative changes to the English gothic novel.
However, film adaptations of their novels, specifically of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, err towards traditional and conservative historical romance and moody gothics on screen. This does a disservice to the source. The Absent Mother in Wuthering Heights, in: (ed.) Peterson, Linda, Wuthering Heights (with biographical and historical contexts, critical history and essays from five contemporary critical perspectives), Boston New York: Bedford Books of St.