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Ch 5: Wuthering Heights Characters

About This Chapter

The ''Wuthering Heights'' Characters chapter of the ''Wuthering Heights'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the major and minor characters appearing in this novel. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts regarding the characters of ''Wuthering Heights''.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the roles and importance of each of the characters in Wuthering Heights will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about this novel's characters. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the characters portrayed in Wuthering Heights
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with Wuthering Heights Characters chapter exam.

Why It Works

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction makes topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the characters of Wuthering Heights for a standard English literature course. Topics covered include:

  • An overview of the family members
  • A analysis of Heathcliff, including his desire for revenge, madness and death
  • Edgar Linton's character
  • A description of Catherine Earnshaw
  • Catherine and Heathcliff as kids and their relationship
  • The relationship between Catherine and Edgar
  • The roles of Cathy and Isabella Linton and
  • Nelly Dean, Hareton Earnshaw, Hindley Earnshaw and Mr. Lockwood in this book
  • The characters of Joseph, Zillah and the Narrators
  • A comparison of Edgar and Heathcliff and of Catherine and Cathy
  • The significance of names in this book

24 Lessons in Chapter 5: Wuthering Heights Characters
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Wuthering Heights Family Tree

1. Wuthering Heights Family Tree

Think your family is a lot to handle? Try the families of 'Wuthering Heights'. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Lintons and the Earnshaws, and then we'll see where Heathcliff fits in.

Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Revenge

2. Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Revenge

Heathcliff is a character in Emily Bronte's ''Wuthering Heights''. His Romantic and Byronic traits lead him to seek vengeance. We will look at his primary relationship and how it provides a metaphor for the natural world versus the civilized world.

Heathcliff's Madness & Death in Wuthering Heights: Analysis & Quotes

3. Heathcliff's Madness & Death in Wuthering Heights: Analysis & Quotes

At the end of Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights,' Heathcliff, the novel's dark, brooding antihero, undergoes a huge attitude shift before dying suddenly. This ending can be tricky to unpack, so let's take a look.

Examples of Heathcliff's Cruelty & Brutality in Wuthering Heights

4. Examples of Heathcliff's Cruelty & Brutality in Wuthering Heights

If you are reading 'Wuthering Heights', you may have noticed how horribly Heathcliff behaves sometimes. He does several things within the novel that make several readers really dislike him. Read this lesson to find out why.

Critical Interpretations of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights

5. Critical Interpretations of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights

It is not surprising that critics debate the character of Heathcliff in Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'. There are many ways to interpret this interesting and complex character.

Edgar Linton in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Concept

6. Edgar Linton in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Concept

Most people associate the novel 'Wuthering Heights' with the brooding character of Heathcliff. But Edgar Linton is an important figure in the novel, too. In this lesson, we will learn about his role and analyze his character. A short quiz will follow.

Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights: Description & Character Analysis

7. Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights: Description & Character Analysis

Catherine Earnshaw, the female protagonist of Emily Bronte's ''Wuthering Heights,'' is one of the most enduring female characters in literature with her passionate nature in life and haunting presence in death.

Catherine & Heathcliff as Children in Wuthering Heights

8. Catherine & Heathcliff as Children in Wuthering Heights

As children, Heathcliff and Cathy initially adore each other in Emily Bronte's ''Wuthering Heights.'' Things take a turn as they mature, and as his dark passion counters her boundless energy for living. In this lesson, we'll look at the two characters and their personalities as children.

Catherine & Edgar's Relationship in Wuthering Heights: Analysis & Quotes

9. Catherine & Edgar's Relationship in Wuthering Heights: Analysis & Quotes

The marriage of Catherine Earnshaw and Edgar Linton rocks both families, but the reasons why Catherine chose Edgar are what really breaks the heart of Heathcliff.

Catherine & Heathcliff's Relationship in Wuthering Heights: Analysis & Quotes

10. Catherine & Heathcliff's Relationship in Wuthering Heights: Analysis & Quotes

Middle-school angst has nothing on the love story of Catherine and Heathcliff in Emily Bronte's famous novel ''Wuthering Heights.'' Heathcliff drives his love to the point of illness and death, but never gives up on her ghost.

Hindley Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights: Description & Character Analysis

11. Hindley Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights: Description & Character Analysis

Hindley Earnshaw is a real jerk. He's both a model for and the cause of Heathcliff's terrible rage and desire for vengeance in Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights.' Here's how.

Cathy Linton in Wuthering Heights: Description, Character Analysis & Quotes

12. Cathy Linton in Wuthering Heights: Description, Character Analysis & Quotes

Cathy Linton is an important figure in Emily Bronte's ''Wuthering Heights''. Although her character endures a great deal of hardship, she ultimately grows to represent hope in an otherwise bleak tale.

Hareton Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights: Description, Character Analysis & Quotes

13. Hareton Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights: Description, Character Analysis & Quotes

His mother dies shortly after his birth. His dad's a sloppy drunk. Heathcliff hates his guts. Hareton Earnshaw is the punching bag of Wuthering Heights, and it's mostly not even his fault. Let's meet this unlucky fellow.

Linton Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Quotes

14. Linton Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Quotes

In ''Wuthering Heights'' by Emily Bronte, Linton is Heathcliff's son, but his appearance and behavior are similar to Heathcliff's enemy, Edgar Linton. In this lesson, we'll analyze Linton Heathcliff's character.

Isabella Linton in Wuthering Heights: Description & Analysis

15. Isabella Linton in Wuthering Heights: Description & Analysis

Isabella Linton is a complex character in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. She begins as a spoiled brat who has tantrums about puppies, but ends up a strong woman who seeks to protect her family.

Nelly Dean in Wuthering Heights: Characteristics, Analysis & Quotes

16. Nelly Dean in Wuthering Heights: Characteristics, Analysis & Quotes

She's the maid in the middle of the action. Ellen 'Nelly' Dean, narrator of most of Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights,' is thoughtful and opinionated. Let's jump in and meet her.

Mr. Lockwood in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Quotes

17. Mr. Lockwood in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Quotes

In Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights', Mr. Lockwood hears an intricate and interesting tale after he rents a home from Heathcliff. Lockwood, like the reader, stands outside the story and tries to comprehend the strange story he hears from Nelly Dean.

Zillah in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Quotes

18. Zillah in Wuthering Heights: Character Analysis & Quotes

Zillah is a minor, but intriguing character in Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights.' Zillah narrates part of the story, and her name may serve as a reminder of the unusual relationships at the center of the novel's plot.

Joseph in Wuthering Heights: Description & Quotes

19. Joseph in Wuthering Heights: Description & Quotes

In 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte, the long-time servant, Joseph, symbolizes what happens when religion and hatred mix. In this lesson, we'll learn more about Joseph.

Narrators of Wuthering Heights: Reliability & Analysis

20. Narrators of Wuthering Heights: Reliability & Analysis

In this lesson, we will be thinking about the idea of reliability in narrators. We will also be applying some of these ideas to Emily Brontë's novel, Wuthering Heights, in trying to determine whether the novel uses reliable or unreliable narrators.

Comparing Catherine & Cathy in Wuthering Heights

21. Comparing Catherine & Cathy in Wuthering Heights

Beautiful, smart, and temperamental are all words that can be used to describe both Catherine and Cathy. In this lesson, we will compare Cathy Linton Earnshaw to her mother, Catherine Earnshaw Linton from ''Wuthering Heights'' by Emily Bronte.

Comparing Heathcliff & Edgar in Wuthering Heights

22. Comparing Heathcliff & Edgar in Wuthering Heights

Although Heathcliff and Edgar are polar opposites who exist in Wuthering Heights as foils to each other, they do have one very important thing in common.

Significance of Names in Wuthering Heights

23. Significance of Names in Wuthering Heights

One of the ways that Emily Bronte make characterizations in ''Wuthering Heights'' is through her use of names. In this lesson, we will learn more about how the names are used in this novel, and how they reveal something about the characters.

Wuthering Heights Character List & Flashcards

Wuthering Heights Character List & Flashcards

Love and ghosts and jealousy and devotion and anger abound in Emily Brontë's 'Wuthering Heights'. To know and love this novel means knowing and loving the complex characters that live on today in Brontë's only published novel.

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