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Comparing the narrative techniques used in 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Your Shoes'

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Comparing the narrative techniques used in 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Your Shoes' I am comparing the different narrative techniques used in two different books 'Wuthering Heights', by Emily Bronte and 'Your Shoes', by Mich�le Roberts. Women wrote both of these books, which adds quite a lot to the stories and makes them similar in terms of emotions and viewpoints on different subjects and situations. The author's background can have a large impact on the story as can their upbringing. Emily Bronte grew up in Yorkshire and therefore has a good knowledge of the areas superstitions, and the local dialect. She changed her name to Ellis Bell to publish the book because men used to be far more respected and accepted as authors than women. If she had kept as Emily Bronte than perhaps her book wouldn't have been as successful as it was. Mich�le Roberts doesn't have this problem because over the years women have become more and more respected as authors and perhaps their generally superior English skills make them even better than men. Both books have similar themes including love, loneliness and a presence of ghosts. The chose of narrators in the film limit them in some ways. ...read more.

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In Your Shoes we only know of a handful of characters of which the mother is the only feasible option to choose as narrator because if she had used the daughter then the story wouldn't have been the same because it then would have been about her living rough and what she was doing. The only other option that Mich�le Roberts had was to make the father the narrator. This would have worked in much the same way as the mother only she obviously felt that the mother was a better choice because more people could associate with her and her situation. The mother expresses a lot of emotion at the loss of her daughter. It has effected her in I believe much more than it has the father. The mother has just given up her life to brood and reflect on the departure of her daughter from her life. At points in the story she loses control of herself and the plot of the story is built around the mothers frame of mind. In one paragraph she was talking about the ways that she can prevent herself from letting out her fears and loneliness yet before the end of the paragraph she was questioning her sanity. ...read more.

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This technique that he uses also allows us to envisage the character of Heathcliff. For the reason that he uses so much description the story is very hard to understand and I found that I had to read that section of the story very carefully and slowly so I would not overlook anything. The only two characters who narrate directly to us the reader are Nelly and Lockwood. This technique is called duel narrating and although this isn't a brilliant example of the method of writing, it is still used. Throughout the story Catherine and Issabella also narrate to an extent. Catherine's diary at the beginning whilst Lockwood is narrating comes before the story begins. This makes the content confusing but was well used by Emily Bronte introducing some of the characters early on. Issabella's letter to Nelly fills a gap in the story and gives us knowledge to something that otherwise we would not know about because of Nelly's stance in the story. It informs us of Heathcliff's behaviour and attitude to Issabella at Thrush Cross Grange through the form of an informative letter. Emily Bronte dealt efficiently with the problem of the narrators being, at times, out of the story that comes with using a first-person narrative with relative ease. This does actually improve the book as well because it adds another viewpoint to the story. ...read more.

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