Sunday, 22 February 2009

Coursework Essay. Draft 1. (This is entirely used for external memory)

Paragraph 1: Money
In each of the novels of focus, each of the protagonists disappears for several years: Gatsby for five years and Heathcliff for three. Neither even communicates with the objects of their desire: Daisy and Cathy. When they eventually return, each of the women have married other men, implicit in each case that they do not truly love them, they married them for a secure life because of their wealth. However when Gatsby and Heathcliff return they are both much richer than either of the husbands. The women both welcome back their protagonist back into their life once they are reunited with them. Gatsby takes his time of making his presence known to Daisy; he buys the house on the opposite side to the river on hers, invites people around in bog fancy parties, hoping to attract Daisy to them, and then himself, like a moth to a flame. However, when Daisy doesn’t appear on her own, he asks Nick Carraway, the narrator, to organise a meeting between them. From that point on their affair begins. When it ends, and Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband, discovered what Gatsby really did to get all his money, and it was dirty money, the affair ends. But before that, Nick noticed something in Daisy’s voice but he couldn’t quite put his finger on it, but Gatsby did. “Her voice is full of money”[1] he explained to Nick. This could explain Gatsby’s motivation in the first place for becoming associated with dirty money: he knew that Daisy was almost obsessed with money, she more than wanted a secure home, it was for the material goods that came with it, and he may have thought that if he could provide this, then she would love him back.
It’s never quite explained as to how Heathcliff got his money, although it’s implied it was similar to Gatsby’s dirty money. His motivation for running away to achieve this was when he overheard Cathy tell Nelly Dean it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff. Nelly Dean being the woman retelling her story to master of the house, Lockwood, the narrator narrating her story, that this was taken out of context, and she also spoke about how she knew her feelings for the man who had proposed to her would change, like the seasons, but she would always love Heathcliff. This was, unfortunately, the part Heathcliff didn’t overhear. Naturally this has angered him, so when he returns he sets about getting his revenge on everyone who wronged him, possibly even Cathy.

“When Heathcliff returns, he immediately sets about seeking revenge on all who have wronged him. Having come into a vast and mysterious wealth, he deviously lends money to the drunken Hindley, knowing that Hindley will increase his debts and fall into deeper despondency. When Hindley dies, Heathcliff inherits the manor. He also places himself in line to inherit Thrushcross Grange by marrying Isabella Linton, whom he treats very cruelly. Catherine becomes ill, gives birth to a daughter, and dies. Heathcliff begs her spirit to remain on Earth—she may take whatever form she will, she may haunt him, drive him mad—just as long as she does not leave him alone. Shortly thereafter, Isabella flees to London and gives birth to Heathcliff's son, named Linton after her family. She keeps the boy with her there.

Thirteen years pass, during which Nelly Dean serves as Catherine's daughter's nursemaid at Thrushcross Grange. Young Catherine is beautiful and headstrong like her mother, but her temperament is modified by her father's gentler influence. Young Catherine grows up at the Grange with no knowledge of Wuthering Heights; one day, however, wandering through the moors, she discovers the manor, meets Hareton, and plays together with him. Soon afterwards, Isabella dies, and Linton comes to live with Heathcliff. Heathcliff treats his sickly, whining son even more cruelly than he treated the boy's mother.

Three years later, Catherine meets Heathcliff on the moors, and makes a visit to Wuthering Heights to meet Linton. She and Linton begin a secret romance conducted entirely through letters. When Nelly destroys Catherine's collection of letters, the girl begins sneaking out at night to spend time with her frail young lover, who asks her to come back and nurse him back to health. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Linton is pursuing Catherine only because Heathcliff is forcing him to; Heathcliff hopes that if Catherine marries Linton, his legal claim upon Thrushcross Grange—and his revenge upon Edgar Linton—will be complete. One day, as Edgar Linton grows ill and nears death, Heathcliff lures Nelly and Catherine back to Wuthering Heights, and holds them prisoner until Catherine marries Linton. Soon after the marriage, Edgar dies, and his death is quickly followed by the death of the sickly Linton. Heathcliff now controls both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. He forces Catherine to live at Wuthering Heights and act as a common servant, while he rents Thrushcross Grange to Lockwood.”-Spark notes.
[1] Gatsby – page 115