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Comment on the way a sense of place is created in the first chapter of "Wuthering Heights"

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Comment on the way a sense of place is created in this passage. In your answer, focus on: 1. Bronte?s narrative voice 2. Bronte?s language choices Mr. Heathcliff, a surly, ?dark-skinned? man living in a manor called Wuthering Heights - ?wuthering? being a local adjective used to describe the fierce and wild winds that blow during storms on the moors. The use of the noun ?dwelling? is used rather than house ? why? This could be because maybe Mr Heathcliff doesn?t like living here or maybe it?s a farm house. The passage from the first chapter is spoken in the voice of Lockwood, represents the mysterious figure of Heathcliff, using first of many attempts in the book to explain of Heathcliff; his character and motivations. ...read more.


range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.? By describing the "stunted firs," "gaunt thorns," and the ?limbs? which are all stretched one way, "as if craving alms of the sun", the author evokes a harsh, windswept landscape in our imagination. You can almost feel the north wind whipping about the cliffs. The house is filled with ?quantity of grotesque carving lavished? suggesting that it has lots of decorations. The word ?grotesque? could also mean gargoyle ? a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal. The place sounds very old as ?one stop brought us into the family sitting-room, without any introductory lobby or passage? suggesting there is no passage or lobby in this house. ...read more.


Not only has Bronte used sound imagery, she has also used colour imagery to set the scene: ?the floor was smooth, white stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade?. In this quote, Bronte appeals to the two senses - touch and sight; the floor was ?smooth?, ?white stone? the chairs ? primitive structures, paint green??, with all this use of colour imagery, the reader can sense that a place is being created. Bronte uses a variety of figurative language and imagery to create a sense of place which helps the reader to picture a vivid place. The reader can imagine the description that she has used and now that Lockwood is our narrator throughout the book. ...read more.

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