Possible psychological disorders Catherine portrays and how?

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In the novel 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte, the author shows us a girl,Catherine, who is very mixed up and disturbed. Children often think the answer to all their problems is freedom, but this is not so. Children rail against rules, restrictions, restraints and boundaries. They will test these to the limit, but deep down - although they don't know it - they are deriving security from knowing those boundaries are there. As long as the boundaries are fair and justly set, they will derive no harm from them. Children thrive in an atmosphere of understanding, care and firm but gentle discipline. Catherine's environment is unstable and unpredictable. One minute she has the freedom of the open moors and a laissez-faire regime. This is psycholgically bad for children as it leads to deep down fears of their own power. Next, she has non-understanding, non-empathetic and unreasonable limits set on her by unsuitable people such as ancient menservants or religious zealots! Some of this comes from Emily Bronte's own bereavement.

mkcapen1 | Student

This is one of my favorite types of questions.  Catherine has grown up in a masculine setting with few limitations set on her freedom.  As a child she is impertinent and spunky.  She has the undivided attention and devotion of Heathcliff.  Her mother is deceased, and she has a female care giver in Nelly.

Catherine exhibits symptoms of mood disorder.  She is often stressed and torn mentally.  Often times people with mood disorders have an onset causes by environmental circumstances.  The stress can result in symptom eruption.

Catherine's moods fluctuate between violent behavior outbursts to tears and deep sadness.  There s no physical resolution to her emotional turmoil.  Mental illness manifests itself inward the more she tries to cope with her ambiguous feelings for the Heathcliff and Edward.

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