Catherine Earnshaw Linton

  • Hindley''s sister
  • Heathcliff's adoptive sister
  • Raised at Wuthering Heights, mostly by her father until he passed. Then Hindley took over the house.
  • She's 15 when she first visits Thrushcross Grange. She gets bitten by a dog and ends up staying there for 5 weeks.
  • When she returns to Wuthering Heights she is more reformed and polite.
  • She is in love with Heathcliff but plans to marry Edgar Linton.
  • Moves to Thrushcross Grange and lives there for 3 years until Heathcliff returns.
  • She falls ill and then finds out she is pregnant with Cathy.
  • In current time we know she has passed and is a ghost at Wuthering Heights.

Feelings about Catherine

  • Manipulative- Adopts two identities, tries to make situations work out for her, and doesn't take account other's feelings.

"...and led her to adopt a double character without exactly intending to deceive anyone." -pg.61

Had good intentions- Is marrying Edgar while she is truly in love with Heathcliff, and in her mind she thinks she will be able to help Heathcliff.

"...he is more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lighting, or frost from fire." -pg.72

"...if I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brothers power." -pg.73

  • Stubborn with a strong, unpredictable temper- in several situations she overreacts, and her emotions get out of control, and refuses to accept the fact that she is not always right.

"...{she} drew her fury on to his unlucky head: she sees his shoulders, and shook him until the poor child waxed livid." -pg.65

  • Has aspirations for herself- She knows she's capable of having a better life, and she's willing make sacrifices to achieve her goal

Questions for the character

  • Why doesn't she tell Heathcliff she loves him?
  • What motivates her anger?
  • How does she die?
  • Why does she go insane?


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