Essay on Wuthering Heights: Child's Emotions vs. Adult Emotions

830 Words Mar 26th, 2005 4 Pages
Child Emotions vs. Adult Emotions
By Andrea Lee

All appearances said that Catherine Linton was as grown up as she could be, she was married and quite past the age when one is considered an adult. But, if one would look just a little farther, they could see that in all her rebelliousness she is maintaining a carefully constructed façade, created to look adult while she spends hours of time dreaming about the childhood that she wished would last forever.

When we first see Catherine enter Nelly's story she selfishly wanted the gift that her father promised her despite the fact that her father had gone out of his was to help a little boy that was all alone in the world. This is the first view of the selfish little girl emotions that
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As Catherine continued to grow her relationship with Edgar Linton grew as well, she seemed to all to love him like a teenager would but she was still plagued by emotions that didn't quite fit her age. She had fits of anger as shown on page 86 of the book. "…sobbed out complaints against ‘wicked aunt Cathy,' which drew her fury on to his unlucky head: she seized his shoulders, and shook him till the poor child waxed livid, and Edgar thoughtlessly laid hold of her hands to deliver him. In an instant one was wrung free, and the astonished young man felt it applied over his own ear in a way that could not be mistaken for jest" she was having a temper tantrum that is commonly associated with small children who have them when they cannot have their way.

Just a few pages later on page 99 has another bout of childish thinking when she says she could "…aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brother's power." This was a foolish statement because she had no way to know if Edgar would give her any money to do so, especially since he never seemed to like Heathcliff very much. To just assume that she is going to get what she wants is childish and immature.

Even after she is married she continues to feel childish emotions. When Heathcliff shows up in the book again after being gone for several years she begins to show the emotions of a love or best friend again, she just wants to be with him no matter how her own husband feels about

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