Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Chapter 33

The story of Heathcliff's death followed some events. Catherine and Hareton annoyed Joseph having removed trees and planted a flower garden. Joseph reported to Heathcliff with threats that he could leave. Heathcliff also realized that Catherine and Hareton's love made his plan untenable. Catherine believed Hareton would defend him, unlike in the past when she was all alone. Heathcliff shouted at the two who stood their grounds accusing Heathcliff of taking their money. Heathcliff lost his mind and grabbed Catherine's hair. Hareton pleaded with Heathcliff to forgive just one time. The next day they all ate dinner in silence. Later Mrs. Dean and Heathcliff remained to converse. Heathcliff complained of a "poor conclusion" he observed that Hareton had the personifications of his youth with all the degradation, pride, hopes and anguish.


The chapter represents the past and the future. Joseph the Christian hypocrite has a low opinion of women. Joseph threats on the destruction of trees are not addressed. Cathy’s ghost represents the past. The future is represented by Hareton and Catherine. In a way, the love between Hareton and Catherine compares with the previous relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy in their youth.

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