Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Chapter 18

Edgar receives an urgent letter from Isabella that she is sick and dying and needed someone to take care of her son Linton. Meanwhile, Catherine all along had never set foot out of Thrushcross Grange. She used her father's absence to discover the moors and Wuthering Heights. She met her cousin Hareton who happens to be a servant. Their dogs were involved in a fight at the moors. Catherine was embarrassed to have a cousin who is a servant. Zillah is the one who enlightened Catherine that Hareton was indeed a cousin and not Heathcliff’s son.


There are immense characters showing love and obsession, pity against the judgment in this chapter. The meeting at the moors represents freedom. The fighting dogs represent conflicting cultures and norms that are unavoidable. The dog has been used symbolically in many parts of this book. Dogs represent the end of humanity and the beginning of irrationalism. The wealthy are proud to give gifts to the poor that is why a puppy from Wuthering Heights is not welcome in Thrushcross Grange. Another reason is that puppies from Wuthering Heights are not trained compared to Thrushcross Grange pets are well behaved and treated well.

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