Emily Bronte was born in Thorton, Yorkshire, in 1918. Wuthering Heights wasBronte’s only book; however, she died in 1848 and never knew of the book’ssuccess.
It is said by many to be the finest novel in the English language.Just before she dies, Catherine Earnshaw gives birth to a beautiful baby girlnamed Cathy. After Catherine married Edgar, heathcliff becomes jealous andmarries Edgar’s sister, Isabella. Isabella then gives birth to Heathcliff’s sonLinton. Wuthering Heights, by Wmily Bronte, is a novel full of contrast betweenCatherine and Cathy and Heathcliff and Linton.
While Cathy is growing up, the reader begins t see the contrast between cathyand her mother. Catherine is a typical Earnshaw, having dark hair, and dark eyes.While her daughter’s characteristics are the exact opposite. Cathy has blondehair, fair skin, and irrestibly brilliant eyes.Catherine and Cathy is emotional aspects also contrast a great deal.
YoungCathy’s emotions are calm, while her mother’s rage, and are as unpredictable asa storm. Catherine’s emotions are so passionate that she is unable to controlthem. To the point of causing her own death. Before she dies, she says thatshe wants both Heathcliff and Edgar to suffer-Edgar, because he never understoodheraffection for Heathcliff; and Heathcliff, because he never understood whyshe married Edgar. Cathy has a mind of her own and some of Catherine’swillfullness.
She is also capable of great sympathy towards Linton, whom shemarries and finally Hareton Earnshaw.Heathcliff is a strange mix-ture of the refined and incouth; slovently, yetdresses and acts like a g gentleman. While being dark with the look of a gypsy,he is quite handsome.
His son, linton resembles his mother, Isabella, as he isblonde, pretty, feeble, adn effeminate. It is ironic thtat Heathcliff’s sonshould be so weak and sickly that he dies at the age of seventeen.Although Heathcliff is his father, Linton displays none of Heathcliff’scharacteristics. Heathcliff is a character full of brutality. Heathcliff showsthis brutality on several occasions.
The most graphic occasion is afterCatherine’s funeral, when Hindley threatens him with a knife. Thisconfrontation ends up with Heathcliff kicking and pounding Hindley’s head intothe floor. Linton has his father’s capability for violent temper, but notphsical strength. Linton shows his each of phyiscal strength when Haretonthrows him and Catherine out of the room. Linton becomes furious saying hewould kill Hareton.
This brought on a coughing fit in which blood gushed fromLinton’s mouth, causing him to fall to the floor.Bibliography: