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How Has Emily Bronte Captured Your Interest?

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HOW HAS EMILY BRONTE CAPTURED YOUR INTEREST? Emily Bronte has managed to capture the interest of her readers since her book Wuthering Heights was written in. She has achieved this in a number of ways, i.e. in the way she has portrayed the characters throughout her novel, and in the way that they develop; the way the story is told - i.e. by Nellie and Lockwood; the passionate emotions portrayed by the characters; and also the natural description - the setting, the sense of wildness and the supernatural, and the images and symbolism that are derived from these. By reading her novel, readers can learn a substantial amount about the characters involved. This is in the way she creates a first impression of them to the reader, and then allows them to develop "right in front of their very eyes". Cathy is one of the leading characters in the novel. The first impressions the reader gets of Cathy when she was young was that she was a naughty, mischievous child who was very bubbly, outgoing, and loud. Although she was naughty she was portrayed by Bronte as an angelic figure: "She had the sweetest smile and the bonniest eye". She often aggravated and provoked her father, and was both bold and defying. However she did have a good heart. "Why canst thou always be a good lass, Cathy? And she turned her face up to his, and laughed, and answered, "Why cannot you always be a good man, father? But as soon as she saw him vexed again, she kissed his hand, and said she would sing him to sleep. She is both a strong, passionate character, and almost seems to create a supernatural outlook for the reader. This passionate behaviour is brought to the attention of the reader during the novel as she grows and develops because of a number of reasons, created by first impressions of her the reader receives, one of which is her almost violent nature and fiery temper. ...read more.

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taking a liking towards them, suddenly something happens to make the reader take a step backward due to dislike of the character. For example, with Heathcliff we sympathise with him because he is a foundling, however he is a devious, cunning user and can be very selfish. Like Cathy Heathcliff is very unpredictable. This is one of his tactics. By using the element of surprise he gains control and reduces the others in the household to a position of vulnerability. He is like a pendulum swinging from side to side. Like Cathy, Heathcliff is only himself when he is with her. His true emotions are shown and exposed. With everyone else he hides his true self and is cold-hearted and "confined", but with Cathy he is a "man of emotions". When Cathy dies he does not want to let go. He wants her every minute of the day, even when she is dead he yearns for her. This is shown in the incident when Cathy returns to the Heights and appears to Lockwood. Heathcliff is upset and distresses that she did not appear to him. "Come in! Come in!" he sobbed. "Cathy, do come. Oh do - once more! Oh! My heart's darling, hear me this time - Catherine at last!" Hindley was the first son of Mr Earnshaw. He was considered to be the favourite until Heathcliff came and took this away from him. He is so fixed on revenge on Heathcliff that he doesn't realise how much he is hurting those around him, especially his son Hareton. As a result, throughout the novel Hindley has a great bitterness within him and a deep hatred for Heathcliff and this is portrayed well by Bronte. One of the main things that Hindley is bitter about, apart from Heathcliff taking his father's love away from him, is the death of his wife Francis. Francis was the only one who really loved him, and he discarded whatever other people thought about her because he really loved her. ...read more.

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Events are revealed in great detail there, but when a character leaves this immediate area, nothing is told of their situation. For example, Heathcliff left for three years. Nothing was told about this time except for the fact that he left and returned. Also, when Isabella flees to London the reader is not "taken" there. There is quite a lot of natural description in the novel. This is included purposely by Bronte as it helps to create atmosphere, at where the novel is situated - at the Grange and at the Heights, and also between the characters. A lot of the natural description is to do with the moors on which the Heights and the Grange are situated. They create an "open", ghostly, forbidding atmosphere. This conflicts with the family so close. Another thing that makes the moors so threatening is that they all appear to look the same. They are dark, cold, which make the reader feel that the moors are a very sinister, unwelcoming place. Cathy being lost on the moor is also linked in with this. There is a sense of something looming, which sets the scene for the family's tragedies. At the Heights, Bronte creates the same sort of atmosphere. Barely any of the rooms are occupied and there always seems to be a cold "drafty" feel about the place. There are not many servants apart from Joseph and Nellie. Bronte uses the Heights as a symbol of pain, suffering, and discomfort. Much abuse and tragedy takes place here. Even when this atmosphere is masked, e.g. Christmas time at the Heights with the decorations etc., it just acts as a source of contrast against the dark, sinister atmosphere, which makes it show up even more. However in contrast, the Grange where the Lintons live is warm and luxurious. It is a symbol of comfort. "... - Ah! It was beautiful - a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson covered chairs and tables, and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold, a shower of glass drops hanging in silver chains from the centre, and shimmering with little soft tapers. ...read more.

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