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Taking into account the background of the of the author what do the remoteness and loneliness of the setting contribute to the effect of the novel,

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Taking into account the background of the author what do the remoteness and loneliness of the setting contribute to the effect of the novel, "Wuthering Heights"? Emily Bronte loved nature and spent most of her childhood on the remote Yorkshire Moors near her home in Haworth. Emily found that the Moors were a place of peace and sanctuary where she could retreat to relax and follow one of her most favourite past times, which was writing. However she knew that in a matter of seconds the Moors could change into a wild and savage wilderness. Emily chose this ever-changing setting for her only novel "Wuthering Heights". "Wuthering Heights" tells the tale of two families living in and around the bleak Yorkshire Moors near a small village, very similar to Haworth, called Gimmerton. This setting mirrors the personalities of the savage and brutal characters. These characters live in a remote and weather ravaged working farmhouse called Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights acquired it's name due to the, "atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather" The inhabitants of Wuthering Heights need to be tough to survive and only those characters born in Wuthering Heights are able to survive within it. When Hindley returns from University with his wife Frances she dies rather quickly as she cannot survive the savage weather conditions. ...read more.

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However foliage is very beautiful and rocks are not. Catherine's love for Heathcliff is everlasting and will never change whereas foliage will eventually die. In these quotes Emily uses nature to show contrast. Nature provides an important contrast when describing these relationships as it is about balance. A flower cannot grow with only water. It needs a balance of both water and sunlight. Neither of these relationships worked, as there was no balance. Catherine's relationship with Heathcliff is about excess and did not work, as their love for each other was obsessive. "Nelly, I am Heathcliff - he's always, always in my mind - not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself - but, as my own being" Catherine is telling Nelly not to talk about her separation with Heathcliff, which will be inevitable when she is married to Edgar. She cannot bear the thought of being without Heathcliff, as she is obviously obsessed with him. Their love for one another is immense and everlasting. In contrast Catherine's relationship with Edgar had no spark and was based on infatuation rather than love. Whatever love there was, was one sided. However towards the end of the novel Catherine's daughter Cathy has a successful relationship with Heathcliff's nephew Hareton. ...read more.

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This is a very common gothic element found in most gothic novels. There are also many other gothic elements, which I am sure anyone that reads the novel will notice. However the most important in this case is the remote and lonely setting which is the Moors. Without the remote and lonely setting in "Wuthering Heights" many of the most important elements of the novel would not be there. Even without one of it's most important elements such as imagery the novel would become unbalanced and would not have been as successful with Victorian audiences. Imagery using nature was not seen or heard of very much in large industrial cities such as London or Liverpool so a novel set in the remote Yorkshire Moors was inevitably going to be interesting for the inhabitants of the city to read. "Wuthering Heights" would be neither realistic nor interesting and would not have the excitement that it is famous for without it's setting. It would become boring and average and would not have made such an impact with its new ideas and scandals such as Catherine falling in love with her adoptive brother Heathcliff. However perhaps with a less savage and remote setting the characters would have been happier and most importantly the tragic yet futile love of Catherine and Heathcliff could have continued not only in their deaths but also in their lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? Claire Cram 10x1 Miss Liddle ...read more.

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