Through chapters 4 to 7 in Emily Bronte's, Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Catherine's characters are developed, from when they are children and inseparable to when they are adults and have to live with the pain and anguish of living separate lives where they cannot be together. The love they share is one of great passion, that is both unexplainable and all time and energy consuming for both.
Heathcliff is introduced to the Earnshaw household and the plot as a young orpahn boy plucked off the streets by Mr. Earnshaw on his way home from Liverpool. Heathcliff is immediately abhorred by his new family. He is referred as an "it" or "thing" by Nelly and as the "imp of satan", by the rest of the family. The name Heathcliff, was the name of a previous son of the family that had died at a young age. Heathcliff never really became a true member of the Earnshaw family , because he was not given the family name.
His name can be broken down in to two words, 'Heath' and 'Cliff', heath being a rugged, barren and issolated plane, and a cliff being jagged and dangerous. His image is dark and mysterious; Nelly Dean describes him as "a dirty, ragged, black-haired child." Even Catherine hates him at first as she spits on him.
Heathcliff's arrival is strongly emphasized within the novel, Bronte puts special empahsis on his omnious entry into the plot. His arrival is set late in the day after supper, Nelly Dean has the children waiting in the garden for their father, at every sound they become more excitable and expectant as their father is supposed to bring them back gifts. When their father arrives home, everything is assunder because he has no gifts. Bronte makes Heathcliffs arrival almost magical, him...