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I need to decide on who would count as 5 major characters and 2 minor ones for an...

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cutie-fairy | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 18, 2012 at 3:57 AM via web

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I need to decide on who would count as 5 major characters and 2 minor ones for an assignment on Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Which characters should I select?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM (Answer #1)

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1 Ellen (Nellie) Dean: She is a major narrator of the story and shapes our view of the other characters. She also is significantly involved in the plot.

2 Catherine Earnshaw: She is the major love interest of both Heathcliff and Linton and very much at the enter of the story.

3 Heathcliff: Another obvious choice.

4 Catherine Linton: Daughter of Cathy and Edgar and in a sense a double to her mother. Her relationship with Hareton is part of the plot resolution.

5 Edgar Linton: The third member of the Cathy-Heathcliff love triangle. Married to Cathy, and in many ways an emblem of goodness that because it is weak in ineffective.


1 Mr. Lockwood: Important as a narrator.

2 Hareton Earnshaw: Part of the second love triangle and the plot resolution.


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eventulay | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 18, 2012 at 4:10 AM (Answer #2)

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There are many different characters in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Some of the major characters include: Heathcliff, Catherine, Edgar Linton, Cathy Linton, and Hindley Earnshaw. You could also consider the child Heathcliff and the adult Heathcliff as two different characters. The same could be true with the child Catherine versus the ghost of an older Catherine. Two minor characters could include: Mr. Lockwood (the narrator) and Ellen "Nelly" Dean (the other narrator and servant of both the Earnshaw and the Linton families). 


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