S-Cool Revision Summary

S-Cool Revision Summary

Ways of Seeing

It is a love story of immense emotional and imaginative force. Catherine and Heathcliff' are united in death.

It is a powerful evocation of place - the moors.

It is an exploration of two contrasting worlds and moral orders, represented by Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights.

It is a tale of revenge, which knows no bounds.

Above all it is an original novel, both in theme, style and structure.

Characters

Heathcliff
Copyright S-cool Kindred spirit to Catherine
Copyright S-cool Passionate
Copyright S-cool Bullied and degraded by Hindley
Copyright S-cool Brutal, cruel and sadistic
Copyright S-cool Rejects conventional Christian morality; often described in diabolical terms
Catherine
Copyright S-cool Passionate, strong-willed
Copyright S-cool At home on the moors
Copyright S-cool Believes in union with Heathcliff after death
Copyright S-cool Self-centred
Copyright S-cool Betrays her love for Heathcliff by marrying Edgar
Copyright S-cool Cruel
Copyright S-cool Extreme, hysterical
Nelly Dean
Copyright S-cool Loyal to her employers and acts in their best interests
Copyright S-cool Warm, approachable, confidante
Copyright S-cool Lively storyteller
Copyright S-cool Represents the common sense viewpoint and normal standards of behaviour
Copyright S-cool Self-righteous, lecturing others on their responsibilities
Copyright S-cool Critical of others
Copyright S-cool Decided in her views but can be swayed
Edgar Linton
Copyright S-cool Gentle and loving husband and father
Copyright S-cool Civilised
Copyright S-cool Loyal to Catherine's memory; observes annual ritual of visiting her grave
Copyright S-cool Over-protective of his daughter
Copyright S-cool Weak
Hindley
Copyright S-cool Capable of affection in relationship with Frances
Copyright S-cool Jealous of Heathcliff and determined to gain vengeance
Copyright S-cool Violent and cruel in treatment of Heathcliff
Copyright S-cool Lacks self-discipline
Cathy
Copyright S-cool Strong-willed like her mother but affectionate, loving and loyal like her father
Copyright S-cool Spirited
Copyright S-cool Determined, with a strong survival instinct
Copyright S-cool Sensitive to those she cares for
Copyright S-cool Can be devious in getting her own way
Hareton
Copyright S-cool Embodies best qualities of his parents
Copyright S-cool Displays ancient Earnshaw character - strong, tough, resilient, spirited, proud
Copyright S-cool Sensitive, feels deeply, capable of strong attachments
Copyright S-cool Boorish, uncivilised, and violent
Linton Heathcliff
Copyright S-cool In need of affection
Copyright S-cool Combines Isabella's weakness and Heathcliff's cruelty
Copyright S-cool Timid
Copyright S-cool Unable to sympathise with anyone else; self-pitying
Copyright S-cool Manipulative, dishonest, and deceptive
Lockwood
Copyright S-cool Educated, civilised, representative of outside world
Copyright S-cool Keen observer
Copyright S-cool Sensitive to mood of people and place
Copyright S-cool Vain, self-conscious
Copyright S-cool Out of place in his surroundings
Copyright S-cool Tends to jump to conclusions

Major Areas of Study

Thrushcross Grange v. Wuthering Heights

Isolation

Imprisonment

Heaven and Hell

Love and Marriage

Revenge

Books

Sample Questions

Comment on the significance of books in the novel.

How true do you find Charlotte Bronte's description of Nelly Dean as a "specimen of true benevolence and homely fidelity"?

Using Chapter 15 as a starting point, consider the nature of the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff.

How far and in what ways does Chapter 31 both reflect the central issues and contribute to the development of the novel?

What do you find interesting about the structure of the novel?

Show how Emily Bronte is able to convey atmosphere successfully.