EN 216 Week 12 Notes
EN 216 Week 12 Notes EN 216
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Wuthering Heights Day 6 Notes I. Heathcliff’s suffering a. Pg. 323234, Heathcliff expresses to Nelly that Catherine’s presence has been everywhere ever since she’s been gone. b. Heathcliff had nothing to live for anymore, all he wanted was already dead. i. Even revenge no longer suited him, he felt nothing and saw the fruitlessness of his endeavors. c. Heathcliff sees the beginning of the end. i. His bliss kills him, it doesn’t satisfy his soul. ii. His anticipation for death “swallows” him d. Heathcliff’s heaven is one where he can be with Catherine. i. It doesn’t matter how he’s buried, he’ll be dead and so will Catherine and they will be together. II. Envy a. So much of this book is about envy, and how you dispose of it, how you allow it not to plague your life. b. Lockwood clears up that he is not envious, he’s emulous. III. Selfish Love a. Is selfish love always bad? i. Heathcliff could never realize that other people were searching for happiness, or he didn’t care. ii. Perhaps not, Catherine and Heathcliff were selfish above what society expected. 1. Societal expectations really are extremely limiting, perhaps Catherine’s and Heathcliff’s love was an escape from that. b. Was Catherine selfish in marrying Edgar? i. Catherine wants someone who loves her more than she loves herself. Heathcliff provides her with this ego boost. ii. She plays games with both Heathcliff and Edgar because she loves being chased. IV. Wuthering Heights Day 3 Notes I. Is love penance? (pg. 285) a. Is pity always on a fast train to revulsion? i. How much can we excuse Linton, and more so, Heathcliff, for their behavior due to the events of the past? 1. If both of these characters are simply a product of their raisings, can we blame them for their manipulation and behaviors? b. Catherine is repulsed by Linton—she sees him upon the heath, gasping for breath, and doesn’t even offer him berries. c. Does she offer him love as penance? i. Perhaps she felt badly for being mean to Linton (for not giving him pity when she could’ve) and gives him her love as a way to make up for it. II. Linton and Catherine: goodbyes a. He uses emotional manipulation to gain authority over her. i. He plays upon her pity, upon her sympathy, to get her to care and stay with him. b. We have to think about Heathcliff’s influence upon Linton, though. How have Heathcliff’s condescending comments formed Linton’s character? i. pg. 253254. c. Even Linton’s manipulation is not his own: he does it out of fear of his father. i. Heathcliff is the grand manipulator, his son’s manipulation of Catherine stems from Linton’s own insecurities. III. Nelly: does she take an active role in the Lintons’ and Heathcliff’s destruction? a. She states that in that instant, she cannot help but feel at fault for her and Cathy’s current situation (trapped in Heathcliff’s house) i. But, in the next sentence, she quickly makes it clear that of course she shared no culpability, but that her imagination allowed her to think so. IV. Pity: Pg. 275 a. Catherine bends down and asks Heathcliff for attention, for mercy. b. Her begging for pity only pushes Heathcliff to repel her more. He looks upon her and his sympathy is not stirred, on the contrary—he’s repelled by her begging. c. She asks him if he never loved anybody in all his life, as he stares at the child of the one woman who he did love. i. And yet, the love he had for Catherine was never really returned. V. Heathcliff and hate a. Heathcliff hates those who are afraid of him. b. He willingly accepts the role of villain cast upon him (I didn’t poison the tea, although I was the one who poured it). i. Or maybe he cast it upon himself? Is he accepting the role or merely pronouncing the person he knows himself to be? VI. Is Wuthering Heights a cathartic experience? a. Not yet. Hopefully with time, as the story progresses, but so far there has been much more tension building than release. b. The little bits of humor offer moments of catharsis. VII. Linton a. For all of his milk bloodedness he has a strain of his father. b. He takes pleasure in his father beating Cathy, he wants to be a figure of power and he wants authority and control over his wife. VIII. You are your locality a. Cathy has the same urges her mother did for the moors, to explore the places she’s grown up. b. When you are cut off from that locality, that place where you grew up, you will wither. c. Place plays a role in forming your identity. d. pg. 248—Cathy describes Linton’s ideal day versus her own. i. What would the environment be? Linton’s is the embodiment of peace, quiet, and stillness, while Cathy’s wanted a living world, where every aspect of her environment seemed alive. ii. Both of these places revealed the character’s inscape, and of course, they do not match. iii. These character’s spirits identify with the type of environment they would want to surround themselves in. IX. The class system a. Does Hareton embody the American Dream? He attempts to lift himself up when he shows Cathy that he can write his own name, and she laughs at him again. b. This perpetuates class differences and limits mobility. It denies Hareton of his efforts, of the pride he should take in himself for attempting to better himself.
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