Character Profiles’ CriteriaParameters:1)Characters conflict with/ related to ...Self, others, environment, destiny2)Characters either submit or rebel to changes3)Narrators’ tone- attitude towards him/her
Self conflict• She falls drastically in love with Heathcliff although she knows that her brother Edgar Linton will cut all ties with her• She runs away from Wuthering heights because she realizes that she has a failed marriage• She also wants a future for her child which is another reason for running away• She feels guilty for not heeding her brother’s advice. (she writes a letter to Nelly Dean) “*Isabella+ abandoned them under a delusion, *Heathcliff+ answered; picturing in me a hero of romance, and expecting unlimited indulgences from my chivalrous devotion. ”
Conflict with others• Edgar cuts off all ties with her as soon as she elopes with Heathcliff• She marries Heathcliff under a wrong impression and finds out that he has married her only as means of revenge. He abuses her verbally and physically• She dislikes Catherine for warning her that she should not marry Heathcliff
Relation to Enviroment• “I bounded, leaped, and flew down the steep road; then, quitting its windings, shot direct across the moor, rolling over banks, and wading through marshes: precipitating myself, in fact, towards the beacon-light of the Grange. And far rather would I be condemned to a perpetual dwelling in the infernal regions than, even for one night, abide beneath the roof of Wuthering Heights again.” This is the mention of Nature in Wuthering heights relating to Isabella when she runs away from Wuthering Heights to Thushcross Grange .
Relation to her Aspirations and Destiny• PurposeShe is used as a means of revenge and tyranny by Heathcliff• AspirationsShe runs away from Heathcliff for the betterment of her unborn child. She wants a bright future for her child and feels that in Wuthering heights Heathcliff will prove as a source of hindrance.• Self- actualizationIsabella goes through two processes of self actualization, one when she realizes that she wants to marry Heathcliff cutting off all ties with her family. Second when she realizes that she made a mistake in following her heart. She realizes her marriage is failing and that she is in danger if she continues her realtionship with Heathcliff.
ChangeIsabella does not submit to the conflicts she goes through:• Although she has a conflict with her brother she follows her heart and marrys Heathcliff.• She does not listen to Catherine’s and Edgar’s warnings and advice.• She courageously decides upon taking action of running away from Heathcliff although she knows this will cause more conflicts between the residents of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange• She contradicts herself when she decides to run away from Heathcliff when in the first place she marrys him with her own will.
Narrator’s Opinion on Isabella• “She was at that time a charming young lady of eighteen; infantile in manners, though it possessed of keen wit, keen feelings, and a keen temper, too, if irritated.”• Nelly mostly speaks of Isabella as a character who has made a foolish mistake but has realized it.• Her tone when speaking of Isabella is of pity and sympathy in regard to the way she is treated at the Heights- based on situations
Reliabilty of Narrator• Nelly is a reliable narrator as she works in the Grange where Isabella resides.• Nelly is positive towards Isabella-her attitude is kind and caring.• Considers her to be spirited, foolish, not afraid to rebel against change