Wuthering Heights

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  1. Dirt –

    Mr. Lockwood’s visit to Heathcliff is queer;
    the misplaced conceptions of his neighbor as well-
    The impetuous visit begins the entire tale.
    Lockwood, unhinged, draws out the House’s jeer.

    Mr. Earnshaw saves Heathcliff without conceit.
    returns late from his journey to the city with Heathcliff in tow;
    something that does not belong in the status quo.
    Heathcliff is introduced as a dirty orphan of the street.

    Catherine Earnshaw visits, brought down from her perch.
    She speaks down words that jest, but hurt.
    Has a laugh, gets a frown, her dress soiled with dirt.
    he, Shunned by Earnshaw like a sinner at church.

    WHOA! Nelly! She feels as though she is equal.
    Though play as kids should, not is the case.
    As Lockwood is unlocked, put in his place
    Misplaced, he bothers Nelly to fill curiosity’s pail.

    Misses Dean has the studious wherewithal
    to see over the whole of the story,
    the dirt that has accumulated in past years’ glory.
    Lockwood, hypocrite, misplaced socialite with gal.

    I chose to begin in rhyme to display how the dirt theme plays through the story in various disguises. The filth that Mr. Earnshaw introduces to the family, like a plop of mud in a water pail, contaminates the whole of its contents and no matter if transferred to another pail, the spoilage follows, tainted and bitter to expectations.

    Upon the introduction of Nelly Dean to the narrative, Lockwood pronounces himself a fool. The beginning of chapter four shows how he carries on within his thoughts to unravel the mystery he has found, so to reveal the “dirt” that now contaminates his mind.
    “What vain weather-cocks we are! I-who had determined to hold myself independent of all social intercourse, and thanked my stars that at length I had lighted on a spot where it was next to impracticable; I-weak wretch, after maintaining till dusk a struggle with low spirits and solitude-was finally compelled to strike my colours; …” (p. 62)
    And throughout the narrative Nelly, as if a school’s dean guiding the study of its attendees, spills out the filth of her witness the lessons she thinks she has taught to correct a wrong of her betters. Up to the current point, chapter 24, Nelly continues with her righteous lessons informing Edgar of Cathy’s wanderings to Wuthering Heights. The contamination, whether dirt, viral infection, poisonous words of negativity, or weather, continues to spread in her wake.

    “Mr. Linton was distressed more than he would acknowledge to me. In the morning, Catherine learnt my betrayal of her confidence, and she learned also that her secret visits were to end.”

    Dean, eh? One who teaches? The one whose job to clean the dirt from a home does a pretty bang up job. I wonder how she would react to reproof and lessons of righteousness from Lockwood as the narrative?

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