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Emily Bronte - 'Wuthering heights' 1847.

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The female writer Emily Bronte wrote the novel 'Wuthering Heights' in 1847. Bronte's father had influenced Emily with his well-known poetry and imagination. Bronte's childhood could have also played a part in writing her novel as she used to live in the moors herself before her mother died. The North Yorkshire moors where 'Wuthering Heights' is set is a bleak, desolate and solitary place. The area was very inaccessible and it would have taken days to get to neighbouring small towns as the only method of transport was by horseback or by horse and cart. As the moor was so remote there was a limited social life and close friendships were only usually between other family members. The women of those times were expected to be married at an early age and also bear children soon after marriage. However, many women died during or soon after childbirth as the medical knowledge was very poor. Death at an early age was also not uncommon. If a mother died then it was normal for an unmarried female relative to look after the children and take the late mother's place in the home. The social classes were separate at the time the novel was set and marriage was usually within a social class. ...read more.


This shows the sheer power of the machine gun and how dangerous the situation is for Andres. It is also evident that four armed men unnecessarily beat Juan, it was uncalled for, as Juan was unarmed. He was punched and kicked into the security car. Watson uses words like 'accelerate away in a wild sweep' and 'tyres howling' to emphasise the movement of the car and create images for the reader. Watson also mentions 'dust shooting from the rear wheels' this helps enhance the speed and power exerted in the situation. Another important incident of brutality is when Andres is being interrogated and tortured in the 'House of Laughter' Watson starts the paragraph where Andres has been trust into the interrogation room and gives a description of the room around him. The images creates by the reader are destroyed as the sentence that follows shuts the images off. 'Before a hood was dropped over his head' Watson continuous to add how Andres's wrists were handcuffed behind his back. These actions enable the reader to know Andres is helpless and unable to even see what is happening to him so he cannot defend himself. Also these actions help create an image of Andres's isolation because he is in darkness. When Andres vocally resists by mentioning the Constitution, 'A fist from nowhere hurled him over, dark to dark, head and shoulder on to the cold stone.' ...read more.


Both "Talking in Whispers" and "Wuthering Heights" include brutality. However, "Talking in Whispers" contains more physical brutality. This was more apparent due to the control of the military and the torture incidents when Andres is being interrogated. The killings and shootings emphasise the power that General Zuckerman has. As a result of this power and disrespect for human rights that psychological brutality is also inflicted. The restrictions, curfews and disappearances all create an element of fear, fear of being the next one to be killed and the risk of losing your family. The type of psychological brutality in "Wuthering Heights" is different. The brutality in this novel is more to do with social status than fear. It is apparent when Heathcliff's "father" dies and Hindley makes Heathcliff live as a servant. Hindley could not accept him as an equal he was seen as a "gypsy". This type of verbal insult, a long with when Cathy said, "It would degrade me to marry him", hurts people's minds rather than their body. Yet, "Wuthering Heights" also shows physical brutality such as when Hindley fought with Heathcliff when they were young and when Heathcliff beats his wife. Also, his treatment of Hareton is not very kind. In conclusion, both novels contain brutality but both concentrate on different aspects, and because of the setting, the reasons and effects are different. 2 4 ...read more.

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