WUTHERING HEIGHTS Catherine Linton Earnshaw. Ayesha Nasir Sidra Suhail Maniar Ayesha Siraj Ayesha Jamal Reja Tahir. Parameter 1 SELF. 1. the younger Catherine is shown as the character whose inner conflicts veer her towards danger. textual evidence:
Catherine Linton Earnshaw
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Nelly: Nelly’s relationship with Cathy is one filled with affection and love. Being without a mother, Nelly was the one who raised Cathy. Nelly was also the one who admonished Cathy on her reckless behavior.
She was the most winning thing that ever brought sunshine into a desolate house
Hareton: Hareton and Cathy’s relationship was firstly based on anger and ridicule but on slowly knowing each other,it turned into frienndship and blossomed into love.
Textual evidence:Earnshaw was not to be civilized with a wish, and my young lady was no philosopher, and no paragon of patience; but both their minds tending to the same point - one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed - they contrived in the end to reach it
Lockwood: Lockwood and Cathy’s relationship’s highlights were Lockwood’s obvious admiration for Cathy and her cold replies which made it clear that she had no wish to be acquainted with Lockwood.
She was slender, and apparently scarcely past girlhood: an admirable form, and the most exquisite little face that I have ever had the pleasure of beholding; small features, very fair; flaxen ringlets, or rather golden, hanging loose on her delicate neck; and eyes, had they been agreeable in expression, that would have been irresistible: fortunately for my susceptible heart, the only sentiment they evinced hovered between scorn and a kind of desperation, singularly unnatural to be detected there.
When Edgar goes to fetch her cousin Linton she escapes Thrushcross grange and mistakenly goes to Wuthering heights. There she meets Hareton and assumes him as owner. After developing friendly ties she discovers his status as not more than a servant treats him differently from then on:
‘”now get my horse,” she said addressing her unknown kinsman as she would one of the stable boys’
To which Hareton ends his kind ways by calling her a “saucy witch”
Soon after Linton enters her life as a cherished cousin whom she starts loving before even meeting as she saves the lock of hair Aunt Isabella sends her:
“I have carefully preserved it in a glass box”
Yet after his coming Heathcliff demands him under his keep and so their first meeting is very short.
A few years later Linton re-enters her life once again as she adventures out and discovers him so close by, is tempted to meet him yet under Nelly’s vigilant eye she drops meeting him but there exchange of books and letters continue. Soon they turn to love letters:
“A fine bundle of trash you study in your leisure hours,”
Nelly’s discoverence of them creates a rebellious mood on her side but on threat by Nelly to inform her father, she agrees.
There correspondence takes another turn when Heathcliff makes her feel guilty of breaking Linton’s heart and she wishes to see him once again out of care.
And so the visits continue. Her loving nature is not burdened by Heathcliff’s views and falls in love with Linton again.
This time Edgar is informed of their meetings and is ill so he wishes to hand Catherine in caring hands and so sought to establish contact with Linton.
A change comes Cathy’s way when Edgar is about to die and she sits by him but later on a visit to Linton is imprisoned at Wuthering heights and forced to marry Linton. She agrees in order to see Edgar before he closes his eyes. Her response to Linton turns bitter here as her father is more important to her.
Her life with Linton turns her bitter and even more after his death.
Nelly’s re-entrance in her life makes her pleasant and so Hareton whom she mocked easily wins her heart as Nelly says:
“You see, Mr. Lockwood, it was easy enough to win Mrs. Heathcliff'sheart”
Catherine is a strong soul who is oblivious to others’ hatred yet the events of her life, her forceful marriage to Linton and constant degradation after his death at Wuthering heights she turns bitter. In this event she contradicts her prior beliefs when she accepts Hareton and falls in love with him without thought to him being uneducated.
On the hand it is evident too that her love and care for Linton was sisterly or cousinly when says: “I love you like a brother” also she falls in love with him on his suggestions when referring to the letters she tells Nelly” I hadn’t even thought that way”. Her marriage too with Linton is a failure and ends in somehow bitterness. Hence she contradicts her very beliefs.