A Descriptive Analysis: Nelly and Edgars beliefs about Catherine

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Wuthering Heights, a novel by Emily Bronte is full of lies, love, deceit, and hatred revolving around a family residing a few miles apart in Northern England across the Moors. The proverbial soap opera has several characters, but in this essay, I shall focus on three of the characters; Catherine Earnshaw-Linton, the most controversial, Nelly, and Edgar. Catherine has always had a tragic life and is eventually married by Edgar, who views her in a different way compared to Nelly. According to the novel, Catherine is seen as a control freak that can use any means to pass across a point. In this essay, I shall discuss on how Edgar views his wife, Catherine, as someone that can use intellect as well as her emotions to prove a point; which is alarming to him, and the way Nelly views Catherine as a dramatic lady that uses her emotions to pass a point.

Edgar sees his wife as someone that can use emotions and intelligence to pass across a point. Catherine uses her power of emotions to control Edgar; she knows too well that he loves her deeply and uses this to her advantage. Cathy is a lovely angel in Edgars eyes until the pinching incident with Nelly and Catherines outburst of rough, untamed temper. The event alarms and confuses Edgar but does not repulse him from Catherine entirely. Initially, she was in love with Heathcliff but ended up marrying Edgar because of his status, and prospects. After their marriage, they surprisingly get along well; Catherine had "seasons of gloom and silence" (Bronte 92), and on Heathcliffs return it is evident Edgar is not happy.

In chapter 9 of the novel, Nelly and Catherine are having a conversation in a room without knowing that Heathcliff is present. Catherine knew Edgar loved her deeply, but her love for Heathcliff was undying. She opted to use her influence on Edgar to ensure he became successful in future; "Every Linton on the face of the earth might melt into nothing before I could consent to forsake Heathcliff!" (Bronte 82). It is evident from the phrase that Catherine is a dramatic lady and will stop at nothing to use her emotions to achieve her goals. Nelly tries to understand why Catherine loves Edgar, and she boldly confesses she is with him for material gains.

Comparing Nelly, and Edgar it is evident that both know that Catherine uses her emotions to get what she wants from anyone. Edgar notices Catherine is intelligent in the way sh handles her affairs but feels alarmed when she feels uncomfortable in front of both him and Heathcliff. Additionally, when he visits her, Catherine chases away Nelly in an inhuman way, and it gives him the chills, but being in love he lets the entire episode pass. Nelly, on the other hand, considers Catherine dramatic since she goes beyond the ordinary to achieve her goals. Nelly knew where Catherines heart belonged and even questions her only to receive an unexpected response; "I have no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff, now; so he shall never know how I love him (Bronte 81).

In conclusion, Nellys view of Catherine being dramatic and using emotions to pass a point is verifiable. Moreover, Edgars view of his wife as an intellect being who uses emotions to achieve her goals is right. Catherine, despite not giving her soul to her husband uses him to ensure Heathcliff meets his goals. Catherine uses her emotions to ensure things go her way no matter the sacrifice; she does not consider giving in sexually to Edgar as a betrayal to Heathcliff as long as he succeeds and her soul belongs to him.

Work Cited

Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. 1st ed. 2016. Web. 28 June 2016.

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