Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Chapter 6

Hindley returned from college to attend the father's funeral. He surprised family members when he responded with a wife called Frances. Frances hated Heathcliff and tried in vain to befriend Cathy.  Hindley became the new master, and he was ruthless towards Heathcliff. He forced him into becoming a servant denying him the education that would enable him to lead a better life. Hindley choice of making Heathcliff work on the farm became a perfect opportunity for Cathy and Heathcliff to bond because Hindley was a poor supervisor. Cathy would sneak out of the house and join Heathcliff frequently.

Heathcliff and Cathy fell in love. One evening they decided to spy on their neighbors on Thrushcross Grange the Lintons. Heathcliff and Cathy scared Isabella and Edgar who were fighting over a puppy. The commotion woke up their parents who thought Heathcliff was a thief out to rob them their rents collection. Mr. Linton let out a bull-dog which attacks Cathy before the servant called the dog, on recognizing the neighbors. Heathcliff was rejected and sent away because of the way he looked dark hair and skinny stature. Heathcliff and Cathy were separated affecting their relationship. Cathy was taken care of, and she developed a liking for Edgar.


Cathy and Heathcliff are the violent, abusive savages that respect no culture or authority. They are manipulative. The social status mean nothing to them they are vengeful. The dog bites indicated wrong environment or wrong associations that lead to Heathcliff's second rejection a powerful motivator for revenge. The moor represents freedom from social contracts and rules. It is a safe place where all are equal. Curiosity to spy on neighbors leads us to the other side of Thrushcross Grange community. A sub theme shows that leaving workers unattended there is risk of low productivity. The second rejection Heathcliff suffers because of his social class implies befriending people of a different class don’t give one a license to be like them.

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