EN 216 Week 10 Notes
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Wuthering Heights Day 3 Chapters 12Vol 2 Chapter 3 Etiology o The origin of words ontology o the philosophy of being, the philosophy of words o People in literary criticism frequently use this word to describe the ontological or etiological dissonance or slipperiness You never quite get to the heart of the matter. Are we in Hell in this book because these characters keep negating one another? After all, opposition in truest friendship (Blake) but these characters cannot respect another’s “otherness” o Blake’s “eternal” and “devouring,” these folks attempt to overshadow one another, to slurp up a soul and consume it, instead of relishing one’s opposition to another. “The fatal attraction” o Heathcliff and Catherine have a toxic relationship and as they pine for each other and are separated it just gets worse. This relationship is toxic because they are in purgatorial pining land forever and ever. o Is there a better example of posthumous existence than Catherine’s before she actually dies in childbirth? She is changed utterly. o Is it a mighty and romantic love that the less capable of feeling cannot understand, and thus condemns? Or is it just toxic? The relationship is beautiful in a sense that their reason for living is each other. However, they hurt everyone in their paths and lives and destroy everything that they touch in their affection for each other. Is there a place for compassion inside of romantic love? o Is Emily Bronte taking us through Christian love? o It is deep in the human condition to hide oneself from the eyes of love. Other people won’t really understand Catherine and Heathcliff’s love. o Nelly can’t feel compassion for Heathcliff after Catherine’s death because she finds his reaction too strong, she’s frightened by it. She’s appalled as he bashes himself across the trees. o Isabella can’t find compassion for Heathcliff because she hates him—she can’t even see his humanity. Catherine’s insanity—is it real? o She said that if they created a love triangle, she would kill herself. What power does she have? None! Only the power to die. o If it is real, it surely is still manipulative. She goes crazy because no one is paying her any attention. It’s her way of regaining control of the situation once again. Her insanity perhaps comes at realizing that she has no control? o She’s able to regain her senses long enough to condemn Nelly for telling Edgar in the first place. Catherine’s funeral o Edgar places his hair in Catherine’s locket, then Heathcliff replaces his hair with Edgar’s, then Nelly comes in and braids the two men’s hair together and puts it back. o Nelly is always airbrushing, always correcting, but always toward moralistic ends. She acts as God. o She’s buried to be buried by the moors so much, she wants so much to get back there and she was not buried there. Yet, the moors crept in. The vegetation crept in so she was able to rest where she wanted. The moors got into this place of Christian pity. o Here burial parallels the struggle between her love for Edgar and her love for Heathcliff. She’s buried in the churchyard, and yet the moors creep in, constant struggle between Heathcliff and Edgar for her soul. Heathcliff’s inscape o An amazing moment where he’s describing to Nelly what Catherine’s loss would do to him compared to Heathcliff, how he loves her and how she affects him. “Two words would comprehend my future—death and hell—existence, after losing her, would be hell. o pg. 148. Heathcliff and Catherine’s interaction o It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for the whole book—Nelly’s in there which is kind of weird. o Nelly sees four distinct impressions of the color blue when they get together, their love literally hurts each other. Catherine tears his hair out Their reunion is almost animal. They can’t get enough of each other but they’re also causing each other physical pain. With Heathcliff, Catherine is wild, but Edgar she is civil, what society expects. o Who is she at heart? Nelly believes her soul mirrors Heathcliff’s (and we get evidence of that in her tempers) but social construct keeps her from being her true self. o Isabella often terms Heathcliff as not even a man, he’s a devil, he’s a fiend! He doesn’t follow the rules of society or the rules of humanity. Isabella o Even though she might be the only redeemable, normal character, she is completely swallowed in the darkness. o She too is finally given to a nature of lashing out that isn’t characterized as the nature of a Linton. Heathcliff took away Isabella’s ability to develop a character. He destroyed her so she becomes a shadow of hate, a shadow of Hindley. But can we blame him? Isabella blinded herself, Heathcliff was never dishonest with her. o Her goodness is destroyed by the toxicity within the pages of the novel. o Isabella’s willful blindness is her downfall, Heathcliff never tricked her. And yet, what were her options? Who would she have married? Nelly’s view of death o She sits with the dead, she sees the smile on Catherine’s face, and it brings a peace that no other condition of Catherine’s could’ve brought. o She even finds it selfish that Edgar wants her back, as he could see her struggle and she now knows that she found comfort. Edgar should put her above himself! o She also believes that it’s better that Catherine is dead rather than be a burden to those all around her. Perhaps this isn’t as harsh as we would think. Catherine’s death has brought peace for her and for the Lintons. Heathcliff doesn’t wish for peace, and Catherine haunts him.