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Discuss the use of shifting narrative view points and the effects achieved in “Wuthering Heights” and “The tenant of Wildfell Hall” and compare and contrast the main characters.

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Ajay Patel 10G 3rd February 2002 Discuss the use of shifting narrative view points and the effects achieved in "Wuthering Heights" and "The tenant of Wildfell Hall" and compare and contrast the main characters. There were two Bronte sisters, which two of them had written two very unusual books. They had adapted the notions for the books which they wrote from the environment which surrounded them, the cold bleak Yorkshire moors and the ethics of life which was established in the Victorian times. The two books which that had written were 'Wuthering Heights' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall '. Both books were extremely unusual because they were written by two women who had not seen or experienced brutality and corruption, yet, these were the features in both of the books. They were the daughters of a clergy man who parted from them when their mother had died. It was curious were many of their ideas had originated from, since they lived in an isolated area and in a strict household. The notion of divorce was totally unacceptable in those days, and the idea of women running away and being disobedient towards their husband was unbearable. These are some of the topics which the two stories revolve around. The two Bronte sisters who wrote their books were very brave to publish them, because they were the first books which disagreed with the ethics of the period of time when it was written. ...read more.


"Wuthering Heights" is described as: "The narrow windows are deeply set into the wall and the defended with large jutting stones... Instead of wading through heath and mud to "Wuthering Heights."" It is places were it is hard to get to and where the wind blows around and howls outside it, causing the "stunted" fir trees to "excessively slant." Nothing is cared for and everything is inhospitable. There is no warmth or nurturing. Thrushcross Grange is described in a different manner compared to Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights is in total contrast to Thrushcross Grange. The latter is a park, down off the moors enclosed by walls and parklands. The former however is in the open and subject to the harsh moor land weather. This environment has purposely been created so that it gives the characters in the story places to run to and from. The characters in the book can escape from their fears because two different environments have been created. In 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' an atmosphere like the one of 'Wuthering Heights' has not being created. The characters have no-where to run to and from, and in this finally results in the woman running always from home but eventually returning to finish her duties, even after the bad ways in which she was treated by her husband. ...read more.


Another quote to prove that Heathcliff is a disgraceful person and only cares about himself and also contributes towards the notion that he likes to corrupt his own child is, "Now, my bony lad, you are mine! And we'll see if one tree won't grow as crooked as another, with the same twist of wind." As we can see, Heathcliff is corrupting his son to be like he is, so that it will be easy to control him and so that his son will obey Heathcliff's orders. A quote to prove that Arthur has some of the same features as Heathcliff, and likes to corrupt his own innocent child is, "So the little fellow came down every evening in spite of his cross mama, and learned to tipple wine like papa, to swear like Mr.Hattersley, and to have his own was like a man." This shows that Arthur is teaching his son the wrong ethics and it also proves that he has no respect for what his wife thinks, because he is corrupting their son even though his wife disproves. These were some of the similarities and differences between the two main characters in both of the books. I believe that the two novels which were written were exceptionally well thought of and written, after considering all of the problems which the sisters were faced with. It is interesting o see where they got the ideas about, and why they decided to write about the notions which feature in both of the books. ...read more.

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