To What Extent Do You Agree with the View That Cathy Is Morally Ambiguous Character in Wuthering Heights?

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Upon attempting to answer a question like this, it is important to consider the definition of the phrase 'morally ambiguous'. Are we judging morality upon the expectations of society? If so, are we considering modern day society or or the much more religious and conservative Victorian society which Bronte experienced? In both cases, however especially the society contemporary to Bronte's time, morality was seen as something black and white, evil and good were entirely mutually exclusive. Evil was a potent force which intended to hurt and destroy, against the expectations of society which were usually based on Christian views. On the other hand, to be good was to act in a charitable and caring way for others, displaying the qualities of a faithful Christian. In this way, it could be said that to be 'morally ambiguous' is to merge the two; to integrate good and evil into a personality to such an extent that it is not possible to label such a person as one or the other. There are different types of morality which seem to be contrasted with each other in the novel. Joseph represents one of these: the conventional, institutionalised notion of morality based on religion and the word of the bible. From Catherine’s point of view, this sort of morality is seen as restrictive and forceful. Joseph regularly tells young Catherine and Heathcliff to ‘think o' [their] sowls’, as they giggle and have fun during bible readings. Aside from this, the first we hear from Catherine is the words etched into her bible about the days she has spent with Heathcliff. This shows a disregard for religion and a fixation with the moors and her relationship with Heathcliff which is of greater importance to her than conventional morality, and shows how she does not seem to abide by society’s Christian values. Her relationship with Heathcliff is made further transgressive by the fact she is
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