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  1. Wuthering Heights

    Catherine is torn between her love for Heathcliff, her desire to be a gentlewoman and her decision to marry the genteel Edgar Linton. This drags almost all the characters in conflict with Heathcliff. Heathcliff's arrival at Wutherng Heights, Hindley's abusive treatment of Heathcliff and Catherine's firt visit to Thrushcross Grange, set the major conflicts in the motion. Catherine and Heathcliff are brought up as brother and sister but they fall deeply in love since childhood. Their love for each other grows as time passes till it becomes undesirable and over the top.

    • Word count: 1554
  2. Wuthering Heights

    By the end of this chapter, the reader has slightly changed their view of Heathcliff. We see love and compassion deep in Heathcliff's soul that is shown when the name Catherine is mentioned. Heathcliff's character encourages sympathy and repulsion. We can tell that Heathcliff is in agony, after the appearance of her ghost. He calls out her name, pleading for her to return 'once more'. However, we also discover his cruelty and his calculating and manipulative side. The next chapter shows an important part of Heathcliff. Nelly Dean, the housekeeper, is introduced. She begins to tell Lockwood about Heathcliff and his history.

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  3. Like mother Like daughter.

    She wished that she had had just one. "Pretty Linton! I wish you were my brother." Catherine enjoys life and loves her life at Thrushcross Grange where she is happy and lives in a loving atmosphere, which results in her becoming a caring and loving young lady. Cathy showed her loving and caring side when she consented to marry Linton so that she could stay by her father's side and nurse for him while his illness overcame him. Catherine had much more sense about her than her mother did; she knew right from wrong and could effectively control her emotions and her temper, even when confronted be beings such as her tormenter Heathcliff.

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  4. Wuthering heights

    Emily Bronte's life came to an abrupt end when she died of tuberculosis, at the age of 30, on the 19th December 1848. Only after her death, did Wuthering Heights give Emily Bronte recognition for the enthralling novel, when Thomas Cautley Newby quite rightly published it under her name. The opening 3 chapters produce a very powerful view on Wuthering Heights, also the main characters, plus brief descriptions of things from Mr Lockwood, him being the narrator, at the beginning of the story.

    • Word count: 750
  5. Contrasting Places Reveal Flaws

    Wuthering Heights mirrors the emotion flaws of its inhabitants, who are Passionate, revengeful, strong willed, and uncultivated. Since their childhood days in the Moors surrounding Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Catherine had a passionate love for each other. Catherine testified to her companion Nelly Dean, "I am Heathcliff." In her opinion they were so in love and so intertwined that "Whatever [their] souls are made of, his and [hers] are the same." However Catherine's passion was not expressed solely. Heathcliff was so filled with passion that after Catherine's death he begged her to "be with [him] always," he wanted Catherine to haunt him so that he could never be "without [his] soul."

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  6. 'Mrs Penniman's character is to some extent a mere caricature' in Henry James' 'Washington Square'.

    Henry James shows Mrs Penniman to tag along to the Dr's household, possibly for this reason, she originally joined the household temporarily whilst she searched for "unfurnished lodgings" but she chose to settle " herself with her brother and never went away". She is in fact described as the " fifth wheel", she is always there, most often when not needed, always meddling with the outcome of events, she should really be a minor character but she continuously interferes. Mrs Penniman really is seen as a caricature when she is being a meddler, as she so often is.

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  7. Does Henry James present Catherine Sloper as that of a conventional character in the early chapters of 'Washington Square'?

    As a result of this, his love for Catherine seemed to be slight and limited. Dr Sloper was disappointed of his daughter before his wife died, showing that she really didn't stand a chance. To add to the idea that she didn't have much of a chance of becoming loved like she should be, Dr Sloper's opinion on women in general wasn't particularly great, his opinion on the female sex, wasn't exalted. His opinions of his daughter help to argue the point that she is unconventional.

    • Word count: 881
  8. What Impressions Of Bath In 1800 Does Jane Austen Create In The First Eight Chapters Of Northanger Abbey?

    It also says, "Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way." This is an example of Jane Austen's sarcasm as she is poking fun at Catherine. Catherine has such a vivid imagination and lack of reality due to the amount of novels that she reads that she sees herself as some sort of heroine. Jane Austen is saying that she must have thought that this was the beginning of an amazing adventure. The beginning of chapter two says Catherine is "About to be launched into all the difficulties and dangers of six weeks residence in Bath."

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  9. Compare and Assess at least two of the following approaches in feminist theory, with illustration from two of the Victorian texts you have studied: Anglo-American Feminism; French Feminism

    (Victorian Women's Poets, Page 13) Feminist theory is segregated into separate view points of feminism as a whole; French Feminism analyses literature from a perspective of a psychoanalytic view, drawing upon the work of Lacan to highlight view points. It helps to analyse the ways in which women are positioned in society in the text and how they can be perceived to be repressed. Marxist Feminism takes its inspiration from how the women can be perceived to be oppressed in literature. American feminism analyses literature from a textual expressive view point.

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  10. Is the Tragedy in Return of the Native and Wuthering Heights due to the author's presentation of the characters or social influences?

    When Clym finds out why Eustacia didn't open the door to his mother he puts all the blame on her. He says, 'You had another man in the house with you - you sent her away to die - the inhumanity - the treachery - do not touch me - stand away and confess'. This shows how disgusted Clym is with his wife and how he doesn't want her anywhere near him. The dashes in the quote emphasise how angry Clym is that he is struggling to say how he feels.

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  11. How does Heathcliff's obsession with Catherine manifest itself?

    Heathcliff, since the incident at Thrushcross Grange, has almost let himself go because Catherine, his companion, had been taken away from him. Despite Catherine remarking how, 'dirty', he looks, Heathcliff is determined to try to impress Catherine which demonstrates his growing obsession. Heathcliff compares himself with Edgar which shows how low his self - esteem is at this point in the narrative. However when Edgar insults Heathcliff's efforts, Heathcliff loses his temper and throws the tureen of hot apple sauce over Edgar, prompting Hindley to beat Heathcliff.

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  12. Emily's Bront's Wuthering Heights

    Heathcliff and Catherine wander beyond the secure gates of Wuthering Heights to a large estate owned by Edgar Linton, Thrushcross Grange. They are spying through one of the windows and are caught by Linton. That difference is almost immeditely underwritten by Mr. Linton's emphatic assertion of race difference. As soon as Catherine and Heathcliff are caught, Mr.Linton takes one look at Heathcliff and defines him as a criminal solely on the basis of his appearance, exclaiming that "the villain scowls so plainly in his face, would it not be a kindness to the country to hang him at once, before he shows his nature in acts, as well as feature?"

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  13. Consider how Emily Bront introduces the reader to the themes of enclosure and the supernatural in the opening three chapters of Wuthering Heights

    She died of Tuberculosis in late 1848. She caught a cold at her brother, Branwell's, funeral in September. Her novel "Wuthering Heights" reflects on her life, as she lived a rough life living in a small house with two sisters in the moors. Moving on the opening of this prestigious novel opens with a specific date, 1801. This specific date "1801" is a similar to a diary so it would make the reader feel more intimately enclosed with Emily Bront�; plus the use of her heavy vocabulary and description makes me feel quite involved with the book and it's characters, yet it cleverly ties you into her grasp so you feel you have to carry on reading.

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  14. Wuthering heights

    Heathcliff is described as an outcast to the rest of the family. At first the children, Hindley and his younger sister Cathy, detest the dark skinned Heathcliff. "Hindleys blows" signify that this brutal child, Hindleys expresses cold and unwanted feelings towards him indulging treacherous behaviour. Catherine on the other hand detests him as much as her brother, she indicates this peevishness by "grinning and spitting" at Heathcliff. The children also show disagreement further on in the night by pursuing that "they will not have him in bed with them or even in their room".

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    Hareton Earnshaw, son of Frances and Hindley Earnshaw has a small but important part in the novel. Belonging to the second generation of characters, he personifies the passionate nature of the Earnshaws and yet is warm and gentle. Hareton is of a warm and, considering his situation, a very genial disposition. He owns his own share of the wild passions that are so common to the Earnshaws, but is forced into a life of subjugation. He is quite intelligent, but is made to lead a life of an ignorant by Heathcliff, who after Hindley's death denied him any further education.

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  16. Compare how the natural world is used symbolically by Hardy and Bronte in The Return of the Native and Wuthering Heights.

    Both novels are realistic and both novelists use the concept of the theory that nature controls the fate and destiny of mankind. Therefore this assignment will compare the power of the natural world in 'The Return of the Native' and 'Wuthering Heights'. Thomas Hardy primarily uses the Heath to symbolise human nature. "The sombre stretch of rounds and hollows" is symbolic of the dark and brooding side of human nature with its many emotional ups and downs. Being "mysterious in its swarthy monotony" is synonymous with the stillness and mystery that is part of human nature.

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  17. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront, symbolism is used continuously throughout, making it a brilliant, gripping story. In this essay I will be explaining how Bront uses it, like using physical appearances of each person to emphasise their character.

    All these brilliant techniques and devices create a great, powerful story of love and revenge. Firstly I will explore the ways that the buildings and settings of the book and where we first meet or see the characters emphasise their personalities and emotions. Wuthering Heights for example is an isolated, dirty, 'off the beaten track' and sequestered place to live. The way Bront� describes the house supports the way that Heathcliff is, "...wall...jutting stones...wilderness...crumbling." Heathcliff as a person resembles this, he is a wild, free untamed spirit. Wuthering Heights itself portrays an image of Heathcliff because it is a dark, gothic, secret and mysterious building.

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  18. Methods Emily Bronte uses to engage the interest of the reader in the early chapters of the novel Wuthering Heights.

    with the appearance of 'a dark skinned gypsy' yet 'in dress and manners a gentleman'. (Wuthering Heights ch1, p5). The details given of the setting and of Mr. Heathcliff are stimulating, maintaining the interest of the reader. Lockwood delivers the narrative in the first three chapters as a static character not intrinsic to the plot. This style of narrative allows the plot to develop with an eyewitness account retold by means of Lockwood's diary which enables the reader to share Lockwood's experiences as they occur.

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  19. What impression of Heathcliff emerges in The opening chapters of "Wuthering Heights"?

    Another impression of Heathcliff which emerges is that he is antisocial and reluctant to meet with Lockwood. This impression emerges to the reader because, when Lockwood, Heathcliff's guest, reaches out to shake his hands, Heathcliff pulls away and his "fingers sheltered themselves". The reason an antisocial and reluctant image emerges is because is it pleasant to shake somebody's hand and when Heathcliff does not the reader assumes that he is not a social person. Also Heathcliff says very little, when asked a question by Lockwood, Heathcliff replies with a "nod".

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  20. Compare how the natural world is used symbolically by Thomas Hardy and Emily Bronte in The Return of the Native and Wuthering Heights

    Here we see Hardy describing human characteristics to things not human by referring to the "face" of the heath and highlighting the ways in which it affects the people that live on and around it by describing the extent that its colour and mere presence can lengthen or shorten the days or even make the dawn seem late. The place of Egdon Heath and its importance in, not only the characters' but Hardy's imagination is implied in these opening passages.

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  21. Trace the theme of madness and supernatural in Emily Bront->'s "Wuthering Heights".

    However, his relationship with Catherine is as strong as ever. One day, they both escape Hindley and wander to Thrushcross Grange, hoping to tease Isabella and Edgar Linton, the snobbish children who live there. Catherine is bitten by a dog and forced to stay at the Grange for five weeks during which Mrs Linton makes her a "proper" young lady. When she returns, Catherine is infatuated with Edgar Linton and this gravely complicates her relationship with Heathcliff. When Frances dies while giving birth to a boy named Hareton, Hindley sinks to the depths of alcoholism and his behaviour towards Heathcliff grows even crueller.

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  22. What do we learn about Heathcliff's character from Pg 12 - the entrance of Heathcliff (paragraph 2) to Pg 13 "my amiable lady".How typical is this of elsewhere in the novel?

    This extract intrigues readers through the desire to understand Heathcilff. His obvious rudeness to assist in Mr. Lockwood's safe journey to his abode shows us how much he has changed since refusing to leave Catherine in the care of the Linton's at Thushcross Grange in chapter 6, "I refused to go without Cathy" (pg 51). This unbelievable contrast between the young Heathcliff and the master we are introduced to is Emily Bronte's method to draw us in to the inner consciousness of his character through this obvious inner conflict we are being presented with.

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  23. What do we learn from this passage about the relationships in the Carbone family?A. Catherine is too familiar with Eddie now after she has

    A. Catherine is too familiar with Eddie now after she has grown up. Beatrice tells her not to wander around the apartment in her slip, and that shocks and saddens Catherine - the stage directions say, She is at the edge of tears, as though a familiar world had shattered.

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  24. Examine why the first critics of Wuthering Heights thought the novel was subversive and shocking

    that Ellis Bell was actually female, many Victorians viewed it as gothic as this category was associated with women. Bronte also uses dual narration, which was practically unprecedented when she wrote Wuthering Heights. Moreover, the fact that Nelly narrates more than Lockwood although she is a woman, contradicts the norms of Victorian society. One theme that Bronte addresses in Wuthering Heights is the different gender roles and equality of the sexes. In the Victorian age, women were usually viewed as inferior to men. Life was based on the stereotypical view that women were emotional and weak, whereas men were strong and of higher intelligence.

    • Word count: 2565
  25. How does Emily Bront use different setting to illustrate important ideas in "Wuthering Heights"?

    "And planted ourselves on a flowerpot under the drawing-room window." The fact that they have flowerpots is a big difference from Wuthering Heights, is shows that nature has been civilised by man. Wuthering heights has thick walls with reinforced corner stones, this suggests that it needs to be defended from nature. Emily Bront� uses personification to show how desolate and windswept the house is. "indeed; one may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house; and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun."

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