It was also interesting that moors come into play when the author discusses Catherine's grave. Catherine is buried "in a corner of the kirkyard, where the wall is so low that heath and bilberry plants have climbed over it from the moor." She, in death, like in life is characterized by the tangled, dark and gloomy moor. This is apparent by the placement of her grave and somewhat scorned love with Heathcliff.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Much of the first 16 chapters of Wuthering Heights centers around a description of the love between Catherine and Heathcliff. Nelly, the principle narrator of the novel, seems to condemn them for the passion between them. Their love is sometimes portrayed as immoral and brutal according to Nelly. Their love seems to mirror another theme in the story; moors. After looking up the definition to this word that appears so often in the story, I came to this conclusion. Moors are basically tangled grassland, usually very hilly. They are much like a marsh or swamp area. Many times they are characterized as dark, wet, gloomy, tangled areas that do not sustain much life. This comes to characterize Heathcliff and Catherine's love. It is complicated, tangled, and stagnant. I think that this is why Nelly condemns their relationship for much of the first 16 chapters. She, like the reader, realizes that it will never work although they do share an obvious love for each other.