The Madness of "Wuthering Heights" Analytical Essay by Zildjian

The Madness of "Wuthering Heights"
A look at madness in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights, focusing on Catherine Linton and Heathcliff and the effects of madness on themselves and the people around them.
# 26183 | 1,389 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 27, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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By analyzing the novel, "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, this paper examines the effects of madness on the character Catherine Linton's health and concludes that her health problems were brought on by her temper and fits of rage. It also examines Heathcliff's sanity and how it effected his health. The paper takes into account Heathcliff's calculated revenge and draws similarities to William Shakespeare's character, Hamlet. It also shows how Heathcliff uses madness to control the character Isabella.

From the Paper:

"Madness can assume many different forms: a concept demonstrated throughout Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Through both character development and their actions, Wuthering Heights presents various forms of madness in the characters and shows how this insanity affects not only the characters themselves but also those close to them. Many characters exhibit behaviors that appear to be "mad." Some, such as Catherine, may be truly insane while others may, at times, be feigning madness as a means to control the actions of others. Heathcliff also has tendencies that make him seem insane, but is he really? At times, his actions seem to contradict themselves, leading the reader to ponder the true meaning of insanity itself."

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