Monthly Archives: December 2014

NDB #4: Injury, Death and Sickness in Wuthering Heights

WH Cathy's death bed

Emily Bronte obviously uses episodes of injury, death, and sickness to advance the plot throughout the novel, but,how does she use “illness” as a metaphor to direct the reader’s opinion about the personalities of various characters?

Heathciff hangs Isabella’s dog. Hindley is an alcoholic. Old Mr. Earnshaw becomes an invalid and dies.

Choose one character and analyze his reaction to his/her own poor condition or analyze how one character responds to the suffering/disease/illness/death of another. Be sure to discuss what his/her reaction reveals about his/her character. Embed quotes if applicable or include specifics from the novel.

Resources? The novel and your brain–do not consult any outside sources (I have read most of them), and do not choose the same scenario as any poster before you!


NDB #3: The Reliable or Unreliable Narrator in Wuthering Heights

Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean are opposites in almost every way. A bit of a dandy and unaccustomed to the “grim and taciturn” inhabitants of Wuthering Heights, he is a sophisticated and sentimental outsider to the “ill-tempered” Earnshaws. She, however, is a shrewd, self-educated servant and has been with these families for most of her life.

To what extent do we accept Nelly’s point of view as narrator? Is her conventionality necessarily wrong or limited? Is it a valid point of view, though one perhaps which cannot understand or accommodate the wild behavior she encounters?

Does she represent normalcy? Is she a norm against which to judge the behavior of the other characters? How much does she contribute, whether unintentionally, semi-consciously, or deliberately, to the disasters which engulf her employers?

To what extent is Nelly admirable? Is she superior to the other servants, as she suggests, or is she deluded by vanity?

Is she genuinely attached to the Earnshaws and Lintons or is she selfishly detached from, even a bit jealous of, their social positions clearly above her own?

Choose one (or more) of the topic questions above. Embed two quotes from this section of WH in your response (as demonstrated in the prompt above). Quotes may not be repeated so read all posts prior to yours. Then challenge at least one other post.

Lockwood                                          Nelly

English 101 ~ Novel Discussion Board #2

Catherine has died. Edgar suffers the loss in silence; Heathcliff instinctively knows she has passed. The question of whether they really “love” each other has to be addressed. This question raises another; what kind of love–or feeling–is Emily Brontë depicting?


Dr. Stanton Peele, noted psychologist, claims:
An addiction exists when a person’s attachment to a sensation, an object, or another person is such as to lessen his appreciation of and ability to deal with other things in his environment, or in himself, so that he has become increasingly dependent on that experience as his only source of gratification.

In a well-developed response explain whether you believe Heathcliff and Catherine’s attachment is ideal love (like soul mates) or an addictive kind of love, but not both. Incorporate at least two quotes from the text to support your claim (no citations needed). You may also address the question of why she married Edgar.

Read every post! You may not use any quote that any other poster has used.