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Wuthering Heghts - Portrayal of Love

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Comment on Bronte's portrayal of love in the extract from pg 115-118? Bronte's portrayal of love is this extract seems to be very strange, in the way she counteracts. She shows a side of love from a caring side, and a side of love from an aggressive side, by combining the two, we come up with the clear picture of Heathcliff and Cathy, Heathcliff being the aggressive type and Catherine the caring type. The reader knows this by the previous encounters of the characters. Lexically, the choice of words Bronte uses to portray the love is very well done. She uses soft words to portray this sort of love, "...Bestowed kisses upon", Bronte selected this to sound soft, the Sibilance in Bestowed and kisses emphasise the softness of the "kisses" and creates a tone of gentleness, and is ...read more.

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"Are you possessed with a devil, her pursued savagely", this shows a harsher side towards the love, this definitely reflects the character of Heathcliff. "Savagely" carries negative connotations, almost sounds inhumane and animalistic which again reflects Heathcliff's character. The counter act also creates confusion as the reader is puzzled as to why Bronte does this, it is due to the gothic themes she tried to create where as gothic themes usually carry mystery and this is what Bronte tried to accomplish. Syntactically, we see a lot of sentence structure that is put together very strangely. "Oh, Cathy! Oh my life!...", the repetition of the "oh" emphasises Heathcliff's pain as here suffers from losing Cathy, the exclamatory also emphasises the pain further as it really forces the tension between Heathcliff and Cathy towards the reader. ...read more.

Conclusion

The first we see is "That is not my Heathcliff...", the possessive determiner "my" emphasises the fact that Heatchliff has changed, Cathy refers to the younger Heathcliff as that was her Heathcliff which she happily interacted with. It alerts the reader to also refer back to the novel and to see how Heathcliff's character has changed as the plot continues. It is also used relating to the line mentioned above with the syntax. "You, of your own will, did it, I have not broken your heart - you have broken it...", again the repletion of the "you" emphasises how Heatchliff blames Cathy for the pain they have suffered, the blames solely relies on Cathy and the anger from Heatchliff is also displayed as it is forced on Cathy and she has no choice but to accept the blame. ...read more.

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