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Journal--- Wuthering Heights (chapters1-9)

It*s really a complicated novel and the questions are complicated, too, that I don*t know how to start and what part to choose. I think I*d be glad to talk little about the main characters in chapters1-9.
The novel has a first-person narrator named Lockwood. He*s a tenant of Heathcliff*s Thrushcross Grange. And because of it, he could know something about Heathcliff and Catherine and their family. He describes Thrushcross Grange as a "misanthropist*s Heaven" and we know originally he came here to enjoy a hermit*s life. However, we find he became interested in the Earnshaws and the Lintons, especially Heathcliff. I think the reason he is so interested in Heathcliff is because they are a little similar--- "I felt interested in a man who seemed more exaggeratedly reserved than myself.", "I bestow my own attributes over-liberally on him. They are both passionate, but they*re used to hide their affection. However, I think Heathcliff is more unsociable and eccentric. Through chapter 1-9, he seems to be only interested in Catherine. Old Mr. Earnshaw treated him well, but he never expresses his appreciation. He seems to be cold at everything, except Catherine. I think Catherine really plays a very important role in his mind, so that once she became a lady and at last betrayed him, he couldn*t stand anymore. In fact, I feel Heathcliff is a miserable character. I think no one could stand such things: he doesn*t know who are his parents, and after Old Mr.Earnshaw*s adoption, he has a chance to have a better life. However, Hindley*s treatment to him is "enough to make a fiend of a saint" and Catherine betrayed him. So, "continual hard work, begun soon and concluded late, had extinguished any curiosity he once possessed in pursuit of knowledge, *. His childhood*s sense of superiority , instilled into him by the favours of old Mr.Earnshaw, was faded away. He struggled long to keep up an equality with Catherine in her studies and *.., when he found he must, necessarily, sink beneath his former level*. Kinds of misfortune upon him caused his miserable and argumentative life. So in the beginning of the novel, we see a almost strange and unsociable man.
Then see Catherine. Through chapters 1-9, I think I cannot understand her at all. Is she an angel or a devil? She is naughty and self-willed, she does whatever she wants to, without thinking other*s thought. I think it*s also the reason that why can she can be Heathcliff*s best companion, also enduring lover. She is unlike a lady, unlike those noble who are well-behaved. So, on one hand, she*s a cute girl, though she often makes trouble, she still is close to us. But on the other hand, after her meeting with The Lintons, she seems to become another person. As we know, during her stay for recuperating at Thrushcross Grange, she experienced another kind of life and Frances "commenced her plan of reform by trying to raise her self-respect with fine clothes and flattery. And she accepted it, became a "dignified person." Maybe the feeling of being a graceful, noble lady is good. And by contrasting, Heathcliff is vulgar--- "The contrast resembled what you see in exchanging a bleak, hilly, coal country for a beautiful fertile valley; and his voice and greeting were as opposite as his aspect--- He had a sweet, low manner of speaking, and pronounced his words as you do; that*s less gruff than we talk here, and softer." So her change may be reasonable. However, is she a girl with vanity?
What*s the really reason she married Edgar? The reasons she presented are a lot, including his appearance and wealth. But they confused me: she thought "he will be rich, and I shall be the greatest woman of the neighborhood"; It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now" , They make me think she*s the kind of woman with vanity. However, she also said that she can use the money to help Heathcliff to be better and get rid of her brother. Some words reveal her hot passion to Heathcliff, I really don*t understand her.
To me, I think it*s better to say that she loves her the most than say she loves Heathcliff.
I think in the novel, who hated and had never changed the hatred to Heathcliff is Hindley, Catherine*s brother. In fact, his hatred is reasonable. I think everyone couldn*t bear it that all of a sudden a strange child appears in your house and your father treats him better than you. "at Mrs. Earnshaw*s death, *, the young master had learned to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend, and Heathcliff as a usurper of his parents* affections and privileges,*", that*s an evidence. Frankly speaking, though he sometimes is as bad as a devil, Old Earnshaw may be responsible for it. And I don*t know why his wife*s death could change him so much, is it out of love? Or another reason?
It*s really a complicated but attractive novel, and I expect teacher*s explanation!

Ivy



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