Two months ago, my school conducted an E-learning exercise, whereby students are required to stay at home to have their lessons and do their assignments online. My Literature teacher gave me an assignment on Wuthering Heights. I would like to share my work especially to those who are interested. I am still a student, so my work will be imperfect.
1) understand the Victorian notion of love and illness
2) analyse how love is presented in the novel: Wuthering Heights
3) analyse the role of illness in the novel: Wuthering Heights
|S/N||Victorian notion of love||How is this notion seen in the novel?|
|A single girl was never allowed out of the house by herself, especially in mixed company.||Catherine always went out with Heathcliff and she was known as a naughty girl.|
|Marriage was encouraged only within one’s class. To aspire higher, one was considered an upstart. To marry someone of lesser social standing was considered marrying beneath oneself.||Catherine said to Nelly Dean that it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff. Heathcliff overheard them talking and left Wuthering Heights for years.|
|Many marriages were considered a business deal, few started with love. Although as the years passed, many couples grew tolerably fond of each other, often resulting in a bond almost as deep as love.||Catherine married Edgar. However, she loved Heathcliff more. She learn to live with Edgar after years of their marriage and Heathcliff’s disappearance.|
|S/N||Illness in Victorian age||How is this reflected in the novel?|
|Diphtheria and scarlet fever, measles is easily treated by modern drugs today, but in Victorian times they were all serious illnesses and could even die from them.||Most characters in Wuthering Heights died at a young age.|
|Health was a big challenge in the 19th century since very few people knew the causes of disease, and medicine involved a lot of guesswork.
Victorians typically had a strong faith in God, which allowed them to courageously face both illness and death.
|Mr Kenneth had trouble pronouncing the cause of Heathcliff’s death.
Joseph was a religious person. When Catherine’s father died and Nelly Dean and the children wailed, Joseph asked what they could be thinking of to roar in that way over a saint in heaven.
|Early doctors could not operate, and most medicine of the early 1800s was of little, or no help.||When Catherine was sick, the doctor did not provide much help.|