Poster¡G Maxine Y.C. Huang at 9:24:41 4/29/98 from c549-1.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
Course: Introduction to Literature
Name: Maxine Y.C. Huang
Topic: Ordinary things are not the same as usual
In this novel, Wuthering Heights, there are some common things, which appear again and again. Although they can be easily found in our daily life, and sometimes we probably seldom pay attention to them. They play important role in this novel.
Windows, could be the most "prevailing" image in the novel. In chapter three, page twenty. At the window, Mr. Lockwood has frightful encounter with Catherine's ghost. Here window could be a kind of boundary between life and death. Cathy' s ghost wants to get back to the world of life; her lonely ghost wants to get along with Heathcliff again. Although the window is so thin, Cathy' s ghost still can't broke it and get into the world of life successfully. And. This also appears how difficult it is for Cathy to stay with Heathcliff again.
In the same chapter, but in page twenty-five. The first two lines, "He got on to the bed, and wrenched open the lattice, bursting, as he pulled it, into an uncontrollable passion of tears." Though, Heathcliff can open the visible window for Cathy, the invisible "glasses" still lay between he and she. So, this shows the unchangeable line which separate them still exists. Although Heathcliff becomes rich, he has no power to rescue Cathy and their love.
Then, in chapter six, page forty. "We crept through a broken hedge¡Kunder the drawing-room window." In this sentence, window appears again. Here, in my opinion, window still plays a role as a boundary. The boundary of wildness and cultural; strong character and weak nature. In side the window; Edgar and Isabella live in a comfortable and soft condition. They grow in a well-decorated house, and this sort of surroundings forms their delicate character. Out side the window, standing Heathcliff and Cathy. They are not belonging to that kind of environment.
From chapter one to chapter fourteen, fierce "dog" appears two times. One is in chapter one, page four; the other is in chapter six, page forty-one. The former showing of dogs stands for Heathcliff's defense for his privacy, his inner world, and his entrust to people. The latter one shows the common people's unaccepted attitude toward Heathcliff and Cahty's relationship. Well, I think there is still one I forget. In chapter six, page forty-one, Edgar and Isabella are afraid of a little dog! I think the dog might be a symbol as violence. Edgar and his sister are well-educated children. So their scare of the dog shows their loth attitude toward not well-cultured people.
In chapter twelve, page one hundred four. The mad Cathy can't know her image in the mirror. Here mirror stands for the reflection of one's self. The series of frustrations might due to Cathy's unfamiliarity to herself. After she loses everything she has, her self-esteem is deeply hurt. She is not what she was; she is not the little princess again. Everyone seems to turn his or her back to her¡K
Besides, the different surroundings of Withering Heights and Thrushcross Grenge also have special meaning. In chapter one, page four, the second complete paragraph. Mr. Lockwood makes a clear description of Heathcliff's dwelling. And, in chapter six, page forty. "ah! it was beautiful--- a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson- covered chairs," this is the decoration of Trushcross Grenge. And, the two extreme scenes tell me why Heathcliff and Cathy are so different from Edgar and Isabella. Different environments can develop different people, and this is also a good clue for me to have an advanced knowledge of their nature.
It is really necessary for me to pay attention to any small hint to learn novel well.
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