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Heathcliff goes away and comes back 'transformed' in 'WutheringHeights '. What other 'transformations' are there?

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Introduction

Questions on Wuthering Heights in relation to the books on the parsonage shelves. Heathcliff goes away and comes back 'transformed' in 'Wuthering Heights'. What other 'transformations' are there? There are many transformations throughout 'Wuthering Heights', namely that of the older Cathy who in chapter 7 returns from Thrushcross Grange transformed into a lady. This follows Heathcliff and Cathy's run away trip to the Grange to see what it was like, during which Cathy was bitten by one of the dogs on the ankle. When she returns she is a more 'dignified person' dressed in finer clothes and lady like in her appearance and actions. This makes Heathcliff ask if he can be made decent, and the next day the Lintons are invited to Wuthering Heights, allowing all four of the children to meet. In chapter 8 Frances Earnshaw dies of consumption and this event marks the rapid decline of Hindley into dissipation. This transformation of the strong, bully Hindley, whose treatment of Heathcliff fires Heathcliff's revenge throughout the story, is now transformed into a drunken fool. Hindley subsequently loses his property through gambling to Heathcliff, therefore losing all power that he once had. Isabella's character also goes though a transformation in the book. In chapter 10 we see a rather silly Isabella infatuated with Heathcliff, an intense fascination that leads to marriage. She soon realises that Heathcliff has not married her for love but rather for revenge, and proceeds to treat her with little care or attention. ...read more.

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The next time we see the use of a letter, is again from Isabella as she writes to inform Edgar that she is dying. As requested he brings Linton, her son, back to the grange. In the love affair between the younger Cathy and Linton, we see letters used as the only form of correspondence between them. Eventually they are discovered by Nelly who burns them and demands that Cathy should stop sending and receiving them, or she will inform Edgar of their correspondence of which he is sure to object. The first Gothic novel. What Gothic touches are there in Wuthering Heights? Perhaps the best known of all Gothic novels. What features of the genre does it exhibit? (I have chosen to combine these two questions due to their similar nature) Gothic - Adjective, concerned with supernatural or horrifying events. The first incident that takes place in 'Wuthering Heights' that complies with the definition of a Gothic incident, is that when Lockwood has to stay the night at WutheringHeight Heights. Lockwood sleeps in a forbidden, secret room, and encounters the ghost of Catherine, much to Heathcliff's distress. In the second of his dreams he hears a knocking on the window, which he presumes is a branch knocking on the window. He reaches out of the window and grabs the branch which turns out to be a hand that grabs tightly and won't let go. ...read more.

Conclusion

The magazine contained reviews and new writing. What might a contemporary reviewer have had to say about Wuthering Heights? Compared to other writers of this time Emily Bront� uses coarse language and imagery which would have been new to a reader of this time. However, I would imagine the reviews would have praised the novel for its imaginative use of language and character, and originality as a novel of this kind was rare for this time. However, I would imagine reviewers would have mixed reactions to the dark potency of the novel. Which at times can produce imagery such as Isabella's hanging dog and a knife being thrown at her while trying to run away. This is a satire on The Mysteries of Udolpho. Where does Emily Bront�'s use of humour suggest that she, also, likes to parody the gothic genre. Although not obvious to all readers, there are elements that exist within 'Wuthering Heights' to suggest that Bront� is using humour suggest a parody to a gothic genre. Such as the broad Yorkshire accent given to Joseph, who could be described as a 'Bible Basher', this broad accent creates an absurdity to everything which he speaks. Although the humour is not shared by myself, other elements of Gothic parody arise in the stereotypical way the horror scenes are constructed. With ravaging lightning, blustering gales in a battered farm house in the middle of the moors some would argue this is a parody of the gothic novel. ...read more.

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