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Lockwood's Dreams.

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Introduction

Lockwood's Dreams Dreams are an important key to knowledge in the novel 'Wuthering Heights', and the dreamwork and hallucinatory elements of the text have anticipated twentieth century psychoanalytic criticism (the theories of Sigmund Freud). Lockwood's dream of the child Cathy begging to be let in is disturbing on two levels. It is grisly, and the gratuitous cruelty of him sawing her wrist against the broken glass is uncomfortable, it is also disturbing because neither Lockwood nor Heathcliff really believe that it was a dream. It therefore doubly resists integration into the rational. When you look at the previous events of the novel up to the point of the dreams, Bronte tries to build up anticipation and eeriness so that the actual dreams come as a climax to the events preceding them. You definitely tell that something is going to occur at Wuthering Heights as it is fully described with an abundance of mysteriousness and has an unnatural feel to it. When it says 'Wuthering being a provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather'. ...read more.

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The superabundance of metaphor and symbol and the lyricism of the descriptive passages, especially the dreams, have earned this novel praise for its poetic language. "This time I remembered I was lying in the oak closet, and I heard distinctively the gusty wind, and the driving of the snow; I heard, also, the fir-bough repeat its teasing sound, and ascribed it to the right cause: but it annoyed me so much, that I resolved to silence it, if possible; and, I though, I rose and endeavored to unhasp the casement." This small passage in his second dream has an adequate amount of personification to bestow this poetic language cited. These dreams add to our understanding of the life of Emily Bronte and other women in the 19th century in the very themes and locations of these dreams. The book is constantly showing references to the life and personality of Bronte, like the romantic and nostalgic references to the nature and to the moors as a pace of childhood may also be read in this context. ...read more.

Conclusion

He has no status, no social place and no property. He is only Heathcliff, never Mr. Heathcliff, or the master in contrast to Edgar Linton. Bronte rights Heathcliff to have rebellions against the social conventions of class; marriage and inheritance similarly suggest that he can be read as 'female', which suggests these qualities in the society's view of 'stereotypical' women, since endorsing such conventions only serves the interests of patriarchal culture. These dreams that Lockwood have can influence our understanding of what is to come. Now that the dreams have occurred we have understanding of the social arrangement of people and we also understand that there must be some grounds for the aloof and detached character of Heathcliff, so we can begin to value the importance of Cathy having some relevance to Heathcliff's nature and this obliges the reader think there must be an episode involving them both which scarred Heathcliff in this way. The second dream leads the reader to trust that this girl, who was in the dream, was of great significance to Heathcliff, as he moans to the plain moors in front of him for Cathy to return after 20 years, which insinuates a lingering for this girl. ...read more.

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