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Joseph: A Character From Wuthering Heights

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Joseph: A Character From Wuthering Heights Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights is a novel that depends heavily on descriptive writing in order to illustrate details of her characters inner thoughts and beings. Language functions as a social and sexual mediator in this novel, and performs many additional functions. Language is the tool that through the narrator Nelly the reader hears how the story of Wuthering Heights unfolds. Identity through writing is the goal for most authors and in Wuthering Heights Bronte succeeds admirably. This essay will discuss how all of these issues raise awareness and emphasize one of the novels least dramatic characters, Joseph, and also his attitude and behaviour and also how Emily Bronte presents him in her book. Joseph is first introduced to the reader when Lockwood encounters him, "Joseph take Mr Lockwoods Horse, and bring up some wine" Heathcliff says to Joseph, giving the reader the impression of Joseph being a servant working for Heathcliff. ...read more.


The heavy Yorkshire accent also helped in the process of isolating Joseph from the other characters. You can sometimes almost hear him bellow as you read. 'By making Joseph speaks in a strong Yorkshire dialect, Emily Bronte suggests the remoteness of the Heights from civilisation, and makes her story seem more authentic, rooted in a traditional way of life' according to the York Notes on Wuthering Heights. At times the broad dialect also makes Joseph seem rather an absurd figure, as in his outrage at Catherine and Heathcliffs treatment of his religious views "miss Cathy's rive th' back off 'The Helmet uh salvation' um' Heathcliffs pawsed his fit intuh t' first part uh "T" Brooad Way to Destruction!"". This absurdity rubs off on to his rigid views on sin and damnation, underlining the limitations of his judgemental attitudes to other characters. Josephs strong accent helps establish a contrast between the locals at the Heights and the civilised world of Lockwood and the Grange, thus in my opinion balancing the book in the sense of not lacking anything. ...read more.


His cantankerousness and obsequity " Maister, maister, he's staling t' lantern" shouts Joseph, his lack of charm, and his cruelty "... Hey dog! Hey wolf, hold him, holld him!" His narrow mindedness, lack of generosity e.g. when Lockwood asks Joseph to tell Nelly Dean who he is, Joseph replies "Nor-ne-me! Awill hae nou hend wit", him being a hypocrite " you scandalous old hypocrite!" says Cathy, would probably best summarise the character Joseph from what one gathers from the first three chapters however our view of Joseph we must remember is influenced a great deal by Lockwoods dream and narration, Catherine's diary and also Nelly Deans narration but in a less aggressive manner, thus one must interpret all of these views to ones own understanding of the novel, and in my opinion Josephs character should be left a mystery as Lockwood did and to not go into further depth and detail because after all something's are best to be left a mystery but unlike the main characters which have to be analysed accurately. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Hamed Shojanoori ...read more.

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