Wuthering Heights Character Analysis

Submitted By IndigoIzzie
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Novel: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I am analysing: The portraying of a character but will add some detail on my opinion of atmosphere.
Characterisation: I have chosen to write about Heathcliff’s character.

Heathcliff...is associated with evil and darkness from the beginning of the novel. "I felt his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows." Is what Lockwood had said after first encountering the company of Heathcliff and witnessing his behaviour. When Lockwood sees Heathcliff's garden (perhaps a symbol for Heathcliff) "the earth was hard with a black frost and the air made me shiver through every limb" When we see Heathcliff when he is first brought into the Earnshaw household, he is immediately associated with evil, "though he’s as dark almost as if he came from the devil." All these quotes just go to show that Heathcliff, from the beginning has been portrayed as the dark, brooding man and the use of all those metaphors just help to give the reader an image of not just how his appearance is but also how his soul is displayed as to look.
Mrs. Earnshaw gives orders to "wash IT and let IT sleep with the children." The Earnshaw family do not seem to consider Heathcliff human. When he is introduced to the family, the children learn that Mr. Earnshaw lost their gifts in order to bring Heathcliff home; this realisation makes the children furious and repels Heathcliff and it then results in him being extra, unwanted baggage.
Heathcliff never has a long monologue and is always kept to simple words with powerful meanings and interpretations, you could say that Emily Bronte purposely used this structure of writing with Heathcliff to make his character very disturbed and as if he may not say a lot but his facial expressions-as described with plenty of metaphors and similes-talk for him and even then Cathy Earnshaw certainly reads him well enough and as quoted feels as