Journal of Wuthering Heights

Chapter1-4  (Valerie)

In Wuthering Heights, we could constantly see many descriptions of nature in the text while reading.  Emily Bronte has wonderfully employed the nature not only to give vividness to the story, but also to reach certain purposes.  Firstly, the nature was used to show and give a hint about the characteristics of specific places or characters.  For instance, in Chapter I, Wuthering Heights was described to be expose in a stormy weather surrounded by stunted firs and gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs as craving alms of the sun.  From here we learned that Wuthering Heights, the title of the book, and what the novel is about, was not going to be an agreeable but wild and mysterious place.  And as we kept on reading, we soon found out that the house was as violent as the stormy weather around it.  Besides, there was no life and warm in Wuthering Heights just like those weak trees outside the house.  Moreover, the moors, bogs, gaunt thorns suggested that the place was somehow dangerous and hard to approach.
     Then in Chapter II, the day when Lockwood paid his second visit to Wuthering Heights, there was a terrifying snowstorm which forced him to stay at the Heights.  I think the writer was trying to tell us that something was going to happen.  Therefore, here the nature functioned as a predictor and a warning of an important event ------ the apparition of Catherine's ghost, which was the reason and start for all revelations about Wuthering Heights.
     In Chapter III, Heathcliff opened the window asking Catherine to come into the room.  However, nothing appeared but only wind and snow whirling wildly through.  I think the snow and wind were some kind of symbols too that represent Catherine.  The coldness of the snow made me think of Catherine' s ghost since she was not a living person.  And the snow was accompanied by wild wind because even she was dead; her rebellious personality would never be gone.
     Finally, in Chapter IV, Nelly Dean begun to tell her story starting with "one fine summer morning" a state of time rarely used to describe Wuthering Heights.  But soon we could see that all those peaceful days was only before the arrival of Heathcliff, since he was the cause of all hatred, revenges and misfortunes.  And we could see from another remarkable detail that Heathcliff arrived at he peaceful family in a dark unpleasant night.

Chapter5-8  (Sukie)

 In chapter 5, page 36, we can see the weather is bad when old Mr. Earnshaw is going to die. ' A high wind blustered round the house, and roared in the chimney: it sounded wild and stormy, yet it was not cold,' The weather there is predicting there is a bad thing going to happen (Mr. Earnshaw's death). And in the page 37, when Nelly went to find the doctor, there's raining outside. There the weather reflects Nelly and the children's mind (shed tears), they are very sad.
In chapter 6, page 39, when Catherine and Heathcliff went out of the house, Hindley ordered that don't let them in. It was raining outside so Nelly was very worry about them, the rain reflects Nelly's feeling--worry and sad.
In the very begining of chapter 8, page 54, it said 'On the morning of a fine June day, my first bonny little nursling, and the last of the ancient Earnshaw stock, was born.' There's a new born baby in Wuthering Heights--Hareton, it's a good news. That's the weather is calm and nice on that morning.
In chapter 8, page 58, when Heathcliff asked Catherine if she is going out, she said she wasn't, it's raining outside. The rain reflects her mind, she didn't know what to do. She was sad for she didn't want to made Heathcliff unhappy, on the other side, she also didn't want to disappointed Edgar.

Chapter9-12  (Flora)

In chapter 9, "It was a very dark evening for summer: the clouks appeared inclined to thunder, and I said we had better all sit down; the appraoching rain would be certain to bring him home without further trouble."  The scene of bad weather demonstrates the stuggle and anxiety in Catherine's  heart and also suggests that Heathcliff's leaving brings about a lot of changes in Cathrine's life.
     In chapter 10, "It was not the thorn bending to the honevsuckles, but the honeysuckles embracing the thorn."  It gives me a idea of Catherine's hegemony and spoiledness, and other people's tolerance to her.  "They sat together in a window whose lattice lay back against the wall, and displayed, beyond the garden trees and the wild green park, the valley of Gimmerton, with a long line of mist winding nearly to its top (for very soon after you pass the chapel, as you may have noticed, the sough that runs from the marches joins a beck which follows the bend of the glen).  Wuthering Heights rose above this silvery vapour; but our old house was invisible---it rather dips down on the other side."   In Catherine's mind, Wuthering Heights seems to be further and further and almost to disapper.
     In chapter 12,"Bonny bird; wheeling over our heads in the middle of the moor.  It wanted to get to its nest, for the clouds touched the swells, and it felt rain coming.  This feather was picked from the heath, the bird was not shot---we saw itsnest in the winter, full of little skeletons."   The statement is the memory of Catherine and Heathcliff's childhood.  "And that wind sounding in the firs by the lattice.  Do let me feel it ---it comes straight down the moor---do let me have one breath."  Catherine is very eager to escape from the prison of her mind and to return to the free surroundings where she can run and wander as she likes.  After she is mad, she pours out what is in the depth of her mind.  "I wish I were out of doors---...I'm sure I should be myself were I once among the heather on those hills..."  The sentence proves that Catherine is very jealous of her life when she was little.  She understands herself very much.  As long as she can return to the nature, she can be alive and energetic.

Chapter13-16  (David)

Finally, the cold and violent weather is past. The south wind and warm sunshine dissolve the accumulative snow. Everything has woken  up already. You can see thousands of ocular flowers blooming in the garden and the birds sing the songs on the woods. The all creations come to live again. And the patient , Catherine, that got the "brain fever" has become better and recovered the physical strength a little bit. Getting out of bed, she can go outside to breathe the flesh air , enjoy the soft and warm sunshine and this fine spring days.

Chapter17-20  (Leon)

As we all know from the article that this a very depressing novel.And almost all the
characters in this novel are weird and not so friendly,even sometimes full of hate
and being hostilely towards others.
According to the novel,we can tell that the setting of the novel is at the northern
part of England.The knowledge we learned from geography told us that the weather
or climate there is not that good,also the soil there is very poor it cannot grow any-
thing valuable.Bogs and moors are often seen in the story.Besides cold and misty weather,they also have poor land bad soil ,too.
Because of the environment in the northern part,the people had to live a hard life,
they are much tougher than the people in the south .Therefore ,I think the characters'
emotions are somewhat controled by the wild environment around them .
Throughout the novel ,the cruel waether and the rough surroundings are mentioned
in almost every chapter in this book .So in my humble opnion ,what the writer was trying to do is to give us a direct image about how the settings or the nature in York-
shire effects or perhaps controls the way how these characters act in someway .
In this novel ,there are many other subjects we can talk about ,but we choose to seek the deeper meaningor what does nature have to do with ''Wuthering Heights" .Well
in my point of view ,I think we could say that it's the story's basic .It explains why are
the characters grumpy and solitary .