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A summary of the opening two chapters of Wuthering Heights.

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Introduction

The opening of the novel is started with a date (1801) and is written in first person narrative, `I have just returned from a visit to my land lord`, the novel is presented in this way to give the sense that this story is a transcript from someone's diary or memory on the events that have already occurred. This is important because it lets the feeling and emotions of the person or persons of the time and can give deeper depth to it. It can also make the emotions biased, which will give the reader certain opinions towards certain characters such as the incident between Mr heathcliff and Mr Lockwood; Heathcliff being the unwelcoming villain `walk in was uttered with closed teeth`, and Lockwood being the poor innocent gentlemen, `I hope that I have not inconvenienced you` Mr Lockwood (narrator) is presented as a vulnerable gentlemen that is almost abused by the cold unwelcoming people that seem to be maintaining a barrier towards him. There is evidence of this when he I attacked by the dogs, showing that even the dogs are unwelcoming; and all Heathcliff does to aid the man is to laugh, Heathcliff's coutence relax into a grin` The audience reading this would have ...read more.

Middle

This is very important because it shows that in the period the novel was written, a woman was presumed to do many or all of the housework and other tedious labour. The audience would have a general feeling of sympathy towards Lockwood, due to him being assaulted by the dogs and generally being frowned upon as an outsider. However myself being a reader of this novel, feel that he enjoys being in company of this peculiar family, and he seems to wish to take his mothers advice ` should never have a comfortable home`, which this surly is not. In chapter two, Emily Bronte further progresses the thought of enclosure and the supernatural by such sentences as ` bleak hill-top... the earth was hard with a black frost... the air made me shiver through every limb` which represents how ghostly an cold it was. There is also the feeling of isolation throughout the novel, there is evidence of this in the lines of `straggling... bushes` and the doors seem to be almost always locked. In the period this novel was written there was a feeling of paranoia towards the dark arts of magic, and one such myth is that if a person or persons makes eye contact, ...read more.

Conclusion

Lockwood is tired, but he can't sleep, showing he has something troubling his mind. `Oh, how weary I grew. How I writhed, and yawned, and nodded, and revived`. I believe the list is so long to show the reader how much of a struggle it was to fall asleep `sitting here within these four walls`, is also shows enclosure. `A fir tree rattled its dry cones against the panels`, which is appeal to the senses, used to drag the reader to be more involved. When Lockwood smashes the glass and reaches out, his `fingers dosed on the fingers of a little, ice-cold hand`. His struggle to pull his hand away is difficult because the hand seems to desperately wish to enter. A soft voice sobbed `let me in-let me in`,. which is use of an imperative or demand to show how this thing really would like to be inside. After he manages to release his hand he `hurriedly piled the books up in a pyramid against` the window, which is symbolic because it's a typical good vs. evil incident, as if the holy books are good, against the spirit that is evil. ...read more.

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