The journal of Wuthering Heights


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>> Catherine's Madness
>>
From chapter evelen to chapter 12,there were two reason to make Catherine get madness.
One was, the conflict between Catherine and Heathcliff.The other was that she thought
that Edgar's listening to Catherine and Heathcliff's conversation.Both Edgar and Heathcliff
made Catherine confused so she would become more excited and even more crazy.Orignally,
Catherine was very happy for Heathcliff's returning,but when she knew that Heathcliff would
take revenge on Her and she got very surprised because she considered that Heathcliff loved
her very much and even thought that Heathcliff would take suffer with her,so she said to
Nelly, " Had I expressed the agony I frequently felt,he would have been taught to long for
its allevitation as ardently as I." Then, the conflict happened,because Heathcliff was very
angry about Catherine's marriage.Heathcliff thought that Catherine betrayed him for money
and fame so he took revenge on Catherine and Edagr by marring Isabella and he didn't love
her truly. Heathcliff's kissing,this kind of behavior caused Catherine to ask Heathcliff if
he loved Isabella or not.However, Heathcliff said " I'm not your husband, you needn't be
jealous of me!" Catherine answered," I'm jealous for you."From the words, we can know that
both of them loved each other but under the ture life, they have to do something unwilling.
From the following setence, we can feel the Heathcliff's hatre and that he would take use
of Isabella to revenge on Catherine." Meantime,thank you for telling me your sister-in-law's
secret - I swear I'll make the most of it-and stand your aside."Catherine understood
Heathcliff's mind and how Heathcliff looked the way that Catherine treated him.She knew that
the relation between Heathcliff and she has changed.Nelly's words for Catherine's quiteness
and gloomy." The spirit which served her was growing intractable: she could neither lay nor
control it."
Then, Catherine found that Edgar was willing to consider that Catherine was unfaithful
to him.Catherine was very mad.Therefore, when Heathcliff and Edgar had a fight ,Catherine
wished that Heathcliff would kill Edgar,"I wish Heathcliff may flog you sick, for daring
to think an evil thought of me!" Catherine started to get mad when Edgar required her about
which one she would choose. The Edagr's words,"I absolutely require to know which you choose.
" Catherine couldn't bear the situation any more so she said,"'I require to be alone!'
exclaimed Catherine,furiouslly.'I demand it!'Don't you see I can scarcely stand?Edgar,you -
you leave me!" From here, Catherine became a little mad,and she would do anything strange.
She would talk to herself,"No,I'll not die-he'd be glad-he dose not love me at all-he would
never lose me!"She stopped eating.Catherine was out of her mind,from Nelly' words,"Tossing
about,she increased her feverish bewilderment to madness, and tore the pillow with her teeth;
then,raising herself up all burning," "Her mind had strayed to other associations." After
this,Catherine seemed to desire for the past of her living in the Wuthering heights and she
imaged taht she was on her own house ."Oh,dear!I thought I was at home.' I thought that I
was lying in my chamber at Wuthering Heights.Because I'm weak, my brain got confused,
and I screamed unconsciously.""Oh,if I were but in my won bed in the old house!" From
the sentence, we know that Catherine felt free and comfortable in her won house.By the
way,the " mirrow " in the chpater was mentioned,it may symbolisd that Catherine couldn't
understand herself very well and she felt confused about who she was.Catherine told Nelly
that she saw a face on the black wall.In fact,the face she saw was her reflection from
mirror.However, suddenly,Catherine was reviving and her madness ended.
Catherine's madness may make us think that when a person feel heavy pressure, he or
she might use different ways to face the truth.Catherine chose the temperating madness
to get rid of the truth.Perhaps,Catherine was the character in the fiction so she would
be easy to become madness and have the right to live and think beyond the world, but in
our true life, we can't live like that. We still have to figure out the problems when
we meet and try to find the best method to solve them!


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