History Literature / WutheringHeights

11th Apr '18 10:47:48 AM The10thGeek
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* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler:After Heathcliff's rivals have all died and he's ruined his and their children's lives, he finds he has [[RevengeFeelsEmpty no satisfaction]]. What's more, when Catherine (II) and Hareton begin to break free from his restraint and fall in love with each other, he goes into a VillainousBreakdown.]]

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* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler:After Heathcliff's rivals have all died and he's ruined his and their children's lives, he finds he has [[RevengeFeelsEmpty [[VengeanceFeelsEmpty no satisfaction]]. What's more, when Catherine (II) and Hareton begin to break free from his restraint and fall in love with each other, he goes into a VillainousBreakdown.]]
7th Apr '18 12:28:10 PM k410ren
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Edgar is blond in the novel, but is played by the dark-haired Andrew Lincoln in the 2009 version.


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* OffscreenCrash: Right after Heathcliff follows Catherine (I) into a room at the very end of the 2009 version, a loud banging is heard, as Hareton and Cathy appear while running through the house. It's either from Hareton slamming a door or from [[spoiler:Heathcliff shooting himself in the head]].


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* WindowWatcher: The 2009 version ends with Heathcliff and Catherine (I) as ghosts through an upstairs window, watching Cathy (II) and Hareton leave Wuthering Heights.
3rd Apr '18 7:08:30 PM nombretomado
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* GorgeousPeriodDress: The 1939 film moves the action forward from the late 18th century to the mid 19th century, because the latter period was all the rage in Hollywood films of the time (e.g. ''GoneWithTheWind''). This allows Merle Oberon's Cathy to wear sumptuous hoop-skirt gowns once she becomes Lady Linton and there are ball scenes at Thrushcross Grange (no balls occur in the novel) that showcase the fashion even further. The 1940 film of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', also starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier, makes the same change too.

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* GorgeousPeriodDress: The 1939 film moves the action forward from the late 18th century to the mid 19th century, because the latter period was all the rage in Hollywood films of the time (e.g. ''GoneWithTheWind'').''Film/GoneWithTheWind''). This allows Merle Oberon's Cathy to wear sumptuous hoop-skirt gowns once she becomes Lady Linton and there are ball scenes at Thrushcross Grange (no balls occur in the novel) that showcase the fashion even further. The 1940 film of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', also starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier, makes the same change too.
30th Mar '18 9:36:13 AM Fichistas1952
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* ImColdSoCold:
-->'I heard distinctly the gusty wind, and the driving of the snow; I heard, also, the fir bough repeat its teasing sound, and ascribed it to the right cause: but it annoyed me so much, that I resolved to silence it, if possible; and, I thought, I rose and endeavoured to unhasp the casement....'I must stop it, nevertheless!' I muttered, knocking my knuckles through the glass, and stretching an arm out to seize the importunate branch; instead of which, my fingers closed on the fingers of a little, ice-cold hand! The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it, and a most melancholy voice sobbed, 'Let me in - let me in!' 'Who are you?' I asked, struggling, meanwhile, to disengage myself. 'Catherine Linton,' it replied, shiveringly....'I'm come home: I'd lost my way on the moor!'
29th Mar '18 6:41:21 PM Pamina
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* BitCharacter: Lockwood doesn't do a whole lot in the story, despite being the narrator at the beginning.

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* BitCharacter: Lockwood doesn't do a whole lot in the story, despite being the narrator at the beginning.beginning and the end.
20th Mar '18 7:59:23 AM rocketman0739
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* BrotherSisterIncest: Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw are NotBloodSiblings but obviously LikeBrotherAndSister, thus giving their love affair an additional level of forbidden passion (not to mention slight awkwardness on part of the reader). See also Surprise Incest below.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw are NotBloodSiblings but obviously LikeBrotherAndSister, thus giving their love affair an additional level of forbidden passion (not to mention slight awkwardness on part of the reader). See also Surprise Incest SurpriseIncest below.



* DefrostingIceQueen: Cathy (II) finally defrosts [[spoiler:with a little help from Hareton.]]

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* DefrostingIceQueen: Cathy (II) finally defrosts [[spoiler:with a little help from Hareton.]]Hareton]].



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Heathcliff fought all his life to get even with the cruel, rich Hindley. By the end of it, Heathcliff is now the cruel rich guy oppressing Hindley's son, Hareton.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Heathcliff fought all his life to get even with the cruel, rich Hindley. By the end of it, Heathcliff is now the cruel cruel, rich guy oppressing Hindley's son, Hareton.



* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Mr. Lockwood, who thinks Heathcliff is "a capital fellow." And Isabella, who thinks Heathcliff is is a good man to marry.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Mr. Lockwood, who thinks Heathcliff is "a capital fellow." And Isabella, who thinks Heathcliff is is a good man to marry. Partially excusable by Heathcliff's Byronic personal magnetism.



* ItIsDehumanizing: Heathcliff refers to little Linton as "it" and his "property" when they first meet.
* {{Jerkass}}: Oh so many: Joseph, Hindley Earnshaw, Heathcliff, Catherine, Linton...

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Heathcliff refers to little Linton as "it" and his "property" when they first meet.
meet. In her story, Nelly refers to the young Heathcliff as "it."
* {{Jerkass}}: Oh so many: Joseph, Hindley Earnshaw, Hindley, Heathcliff, Catherine, Linton...



* OneSteveLimit: Averted, much to the confusion of many a school English student.

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* OneSteveLimit: Averted, much to the confusion of many a high school English student.



* OnlySaneMan: Nelly Dean and, at least compared to the other characters, Edgar Linton. Mr. Lockwood might also count, choosing to [[spoiler:leave Thrushcross Grange for London]] rather than get involved with such strange people, but his role in the plot is minor.

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* OnlySaneMan: Edgar Linton and possibly Nelly Dean and, at least compared to the other characters, Edgar Linton.(depending on your estimate of her as an UnreliableNarrator). Mr. Lockwood might also count, choosing to [[spoiler:leave Thrushcross Grange for London]] rather than get involved with such strange people, but his role in the plot is minor.



* RescueRomance: Deliberately averted, and even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]—Nelly hoped Lockwood or some other gallant rich man would save Cathy (II) from Heathcliff by marrying her.

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* RescueRomance: Deliberately averted, and even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]—Nelly hoped averted—Nelly hopes Lockwood or some other gallant rich man would will save Cathy (II) from Heathcliff by marrying her.her; Lockwood [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the literary quality of this proposed solution and leaves town.



** Catherine (II) and Hareton, not after a BreakTheHaughty process for a Cathy and a [[SheCleansUpNicely makeover]] for Hareton.
** Catherine (I) physically slapped Edgar. He proposes soon after. May not be a true example, as Catherine was in love with someone else.

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** Catherine (II) and Hareton, not after as part of a BreakTheHaughty process for a Cathy and a [[SheCleansUpNicely makeover]] for Hareton.
** Catherine (I) physically slapped Edgar. He proposes proposed soon after. May not be a true example, as Catherine was in love with someone else.



* SugarAndIceGuy: Mr. Lockwood. Not to any of the other characters, but he describes himself as a misanthropist, and notes that he has never been able to express his love verbally, and even drove away a woman he loved because of this.

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* SugarAndIceGuy: Mr. Lockwood. Not to any of the other characters, but he describes himself as a misanthropist, misanthrope and notes that he has never been able to express his love verbally, and even drove away a woman he loved because of this.



* WealthyEverAfter: After all the mess they've been through, [[spoiler:with Heathcliff's death Catherine (II) and Hareton inherit respectively Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights, get married and settle in the former, the wealthiest of the two]].

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* WealthyEverAfter: After all the mess they've been through, [[spoiler:with Heathcliff's death Catherine (II) and Hareton inherit respectively Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights, get married married, and settle in the former, the wealthiest nicer of the two]].
19th Mar '18 12:30:37 PM rocketman0739
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Nelly's story is one of a terrible, unchecked, all-consuming passion--that between Heathcliff, a mysterious foundling brought to Wuthering Heights as a child, and Catherine Earnshaw, his spoilt, flighty, and wild-spirited foster sister. The two became inseparable friends and later fell in love. Their love, though passionate, was cruelly thwarted by Hindley Earnshaw, Catherine's brother and Heathcliff's sworn enemy, who resented Heathcliff as an interloper in his father's affections and, upon inheriting the estate, spitefully turned Heathcliff into a downtrodden slave. Catherine's own desires for social mobility and class see her marry her decent and devoted, but seemingly weak, neighbour Edgar Linton, even as she insists that her one true love is and always will be Heathcliff. Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights in bitterness, only to return several years later, having made his fortune elsewhere and determined to crush those who thwarted his one chance at happiness--as well as all their relations.

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Nelly's story is one of a terrible, unchecked, all-consuming passion--that passion—that between Heathcliff, a mysterious foundling brought to Wuthering Heights as a child, and Catherine Earnshaw, his spoilt, flighty, and wild-spirited foster sister. The two became inseparable friends and later fell in love. Their love, though passionate, was cruelly thwarted by Hindley Earnshaw, Catherine's brother and Heathcliff's sworn enemy, who resented Heathcliff as an interloper in his father's affections and, upon inheriting the estate, spitefully turned Heathcliff into a downtrodden slave. Catherine's own desires for social mobility and class see her marry her decent and devoted, but seemingly weak, neighbour Edgar Linton, even as she insists that her one true love is and always will be Heathcliff. Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights in bitterness, only to return several years later, having made his fortune elsewhere and determined to crush those who thwarted his one chance at happiness--as happiness—as well as all their relations.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Deconstructed--the love between Catherine and Heathcliff is passionate but is between two people who are rather sociopathic and the fact they don't get an non-conforming HappilyEverAfter leads to nothing but the ruin of the lovers and almost everyone around them.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Deconstructed--the Deconstructed—the love between Catherine and Heathcliff is passionate but is between two people who are rather sociopathic and the fact they don't get an a non-conforming HappilyEverAfter leads to nothing but the ruin of the lovers and almost everyone around them.



* AmoralAttorney: A dying Edgar Linton sends for Attorney Green to ensure Heathcliff won't be able to touch his daughter's property. [[spoiler:He was five minutes too late; to Edgar's and Nelly's horror, Heathcliff already had him in his pocket.]]

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* AmoralAttorney: A dying Edgar Linton sends for Attorney Green to ensure Heathcliff won't be able to touch his daughter's property. [[spoiler:He was five minutes too late; to Edgar's and Nelly's horror, Heathcliff already had him in his pocket.]]



** Some scholars speculate that Healthcliff is actually a vampire.

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** Some scholars speculate that Healthcliff Heathcliff is actually a vampire.



-->'''Cathy''': My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff’s miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and ''he'' remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it. --My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I ''am'' Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being. So don’t talk of our separation again: it is impracticable; and--

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-->'''Cathy''': My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff’s miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and ''he'' remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it. --My —My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I ''am'' Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being. So don’t talk of our separation again: it is impracticable; and--and—



* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Following his wife's death, Hindley becomes ''pretty'' unstable; attempting to murder his newborn son, later raving to Isabella about how he plans to kill Heathcliff and even briefly threatening her as well.]]

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* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Following his wife's death, Hindley becomes ''pretty'' unstable; attempting unstable—attempting to murder his newborn son, later raving to Isabella about how he plans to kill Heathcliff Heathcliff, and even briefly threatening her as well.]]



* HowWeGotHere: The story begins with most of the events already taken place. The novel and many adaptations begin with Lockwood meeting the principle characters, seeing Catherine (I)'s ghost in a nightmare, and then learning the full story from Nelly Dean. However, a few adaptations simplify things by [[AdaptedOut removing Lockwood]] and framing the flashbacks in a different way:

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* HowWeGotHere: The story begins with most of the events already taken place. The novel and many adaptations begin with Lockwood meeting the principle characters, seeing Catherine (I)'s ghost in a nightmare, and then learning the full story from Nelly Dean. However, a few adaptations simplify things by removing [[AdaptedOut removing Lockwood]] and framing the flashbacks in a different way:



* InnocentBlueEyes: Isabella, who is very innocent of Heathcliff's true nature until she marries him and truly believes he is TroubledButCute. Cathy Linton notably ''doesn't'' have these eyes while she otherwise takes after her father's side of the family.

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* InnocentBlueEyes: Isabella, who is very innocent of Heathcliff's true nature until she marries him and truly believes he is TroubledButCute. Cathy Linton notably ''doesn't'' have these eyes while she otherwise takes after her father's side of the family.



* LoveMakesYouEvil[=/=]LoveMakesYouCrazy: The two are mixed together. More precisely, ''rejection'' makes you crazy. While Heathcliff was never an angel, he was not--to begin with--as bad as he became after Catherine decided to marry Edgar Linton. [[spoiler: After she dies, he becomes even worse.]]

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* LoveMakesYouEvil[=/=]LoveMakesYouCrazy: The two are mixed together. More precisely, ''rejection'' makes you crazy. While Heathcliff was never an angel, he was not--to not—to begin with--as with—as bad as he became after Catherine decided to marry Edgar Linton. [[spoiler: After she dies, he becomes even worse.]]



* MagicalRealism: Implied. Heathcliff is sometimes compared to a [[TheLegionsOfHell demon]], and there are some... ''Odd'' coincidences involving ghosts and the weather. Nelly even finds herself thinking Heathcliff may be a demon, but quickly reminds herself he is human with feelings like everyone else.

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* MagicalRealism: Implied. Heathcliff is sometimes compared to a [[TheLegionsOfHell demon]], and there are some... ''Odd'' ''odd'' coincidences involving ghosts and the weather. Nelly even finds herself thinking Heathcliff may be a demon, but quickly reminds herself he is human with feelings like everyone else.



* OnlySaneMan: Nelly Dean; and Mr. Lockwood, to an extent, as he chooses to [[spoiler:leave Thrushcross Grange for London because he doesn't want to be involved with such strange people]] after he hears the story.

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* OnlySaneMan: Nelly Dean; and Dean and, at least compared to the other characters, Edgar Linton. Mr. Lockwood, to an extent, as he chooses Lockwood might also count, choosing to [[spoiler:leave Thrushcross Grange for London because he doesn't want to be London]] rather than get involved with such strange people]] after he hears people, but his role in the story.plot is minor.



* RescueRomance: Deliberately averted--Nelly hoped Lockwood or some other gallant rich man would save Cathy (II) from Heathcliff by marrying her.

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* RescueRomance: Deliberately averted--Nelly averted, and even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]—Nelly hoped Lockwood or some other gallant rich man would save Cathy (II) from Heathcliff by marrying her.



-->'''Heathcliff''': Come in! come in! Cathy, do come. Oh, do--once more! Oh! my heart's darling! hear me this time, Catherine, at last!

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-->'''Heathcliff''': Come in! come in! Cathy, do come. Oh, do--once do—once more! Oh! my heart's darling! hear me this time, Catherine, at last!
19th Mar '18 12:41:39 AM Pamina
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* LoveMakesYouEvil[=/=]LoveMakesYouCrazy: The two are mixed together. More precisely, ''rejection'' makes you crazy. While Heathcliff was never an angel, he was not--to begin with--as bad as he became after Catherine decided to marry Edgar Linton. After she dies, he becomes even worse.

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* LoveMakesYouEvil[=/=]LoveMakesYouCrazy: The two are mixed together. More precisely, ''rejection'' makes you crazy. While Heathcliff was never an angel, he was not--to begin with--as bad as he became after Catherine decided to marry Edgar Linton. [[spoiler: After she dies, he becomes even worse.]]
17th Mar '18 12:17:29 PM Pamina
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* GorgeousPeriodDress: The 1939 film moves the action forward from the late 18th century to the mid 19th century, because the latter period was all the rage in Hollywood films of the time (e.g. ''GoneWithTheWind''). This allows Merle Oberon's Cathy to wear sumptuous hoop-skirt gowns once she becomes Lady Linton and there are ball scenes at Thrushcross Grange (no balls occur in the novel) that showcase the fashion even further. The 1940 film of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', also starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier, makes the same change toos.

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* GorgeousPeriodDress: The 1939 film moves the action forward from the late 18th century to the mid 19th century, because the latter period was all the rage in Hollywood films of the time (e.g. ''GoneWithTheWind''). This allows Merle Oberon's Cathy to wear sumptuous hoop-skirt gowns once she becomes Lady Linton and there are ball scenes at Thrushcross Grange (no balls occur in the novel) that showcase the fashion even further. The 1940 film of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', also starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier, makes the same change toos.too.
17th Mar '18 12:15:53 PM Pamina
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* GorgeousPeriodDress: The 1939 film moves the action forward from the late 18th century to the mid 19th century, because the latter period was all the rage in Hollywood films of the time (e.g. ''GoneWithTheWind''). This allows Merle Oberon's Cathy to wear sumptuous hoop-skirt gowns once she becomes Lady Linton and there are ball scenes at Thrushcross Grange (no balls occur in the novel) that showcase the fashion even further. The 1940 film of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', also starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier, makes the same change toos.
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