• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The opening three chapters of Wuthering Heights are very similar to chapters 5, 6 and 7 of The Woman in Black.

Extracts from this document...


Wide reading Coursework: Wuthering Heights and The Woman in Black: The opening three chapters of Wuthering Heights are very similar to chapters 5, 6 and 7 of The Woman in Black. In Wuthering Heights, there is an outsider - Mr. Lockwood - who goes to visit Wuthering Heights. Similarly, in The Woman in Black, there is Arthur Kipps, also an outsider of the evil and supernatural in Crythin Gifford, who goes to visit Eel Marshouse. The fact that they are both city dwellers, unfamiliar with the remote and desolate regions that they find themselves in, is very important to both the stories. This is because it makes them both more vulnerable to danger and evil, and it creates a chilling atmosphere for the reader, who, in turn, is an outsider. Moreover, this makes us, the readers, empathize with Kipps and Lockwood, because while reading the stories, we sense in a way the same fear and anxiety that they do, mainly because we too are not familiar with the supernatural. Also, the fact that Kipps and Lockwood are outsiders makes them na�ve and less able to handle the situation that they find themselves in. This is essential to both stories, because it helps create an engaging atmosphere, and again empathy for both characters. Chapter 5 of The Woman in Black opens with the words "No car appeared," and we soon learn than a "shabby pony and trap" appeared instead. This means that there are no gadgets, or things which give a person any control. I think this is a good element for a ghost story, because ghosts do not traditionally equate with modernism, and cars are modern. We already sense that this place is locked into a past, different time, yet at this time, and in this village, they still use the pony and cart. There is hardly any luxury or comfort in this environment. ...read more.


However, the actual ghost is Cathy's, when she seems to come to Lockwood in a sort of dream-reality, and touches his hand. Mr. Lockwood is so na�ve at first, just like Kipps, and Lockwood is especially na�ve about Heathcliff. However, as we learn later on, Lockwood realises that Heathcliff is not a very admirable character. Everything that he initially believes totally changes towards the end of the story. Mr. Lockwood is in fact totally wrong about everything at first. He is wrong about his suitability as a friend, about his ability to fit in with Heathcliff and the family, and his ability to enjoy the landscape. It is noticeable that the tone of Lockwood's narrative is so optimistic and positive, and he is so sanguine. For example, at first, Lockwood admores Heathcliff's black eyes and brows, and imagined Heathcliff to be "a capital fellow" and his black brows would signify his shy character, and yet Heathcliff is the total opposite. In fact, his black eyes and brows could point out the malice and darkness beneath him. Lockwood is not welcomed at all in Wuthering Heights, and Heathcliff is so harsh and inhospitable towards him. He tells Lockwood to "walk in" so coldly, and even worse, he says that "with closed teeth." This imagery hints a rugged, animal-like character, almost inhuman or supernatural. Heathcliff then says to Lockwood "go to the Deuce!" This basically means "get lost" or "go to hell," and it is an extremely rude thing to say to a guest. It is obvious that Lockwood is really unwanted. He is seen as an intruder into Wuthering Heights, and he only comes in through gritted teeth. As Lockwood is in the house, he notices a lot of brutal imagery. The interiors of Wuthering Heights are just as unpleasant and cruel as the people living in it. For a start, there is not hallway or passage when entering the house. ...read more.


There is a lot of description of Heathcliff with are so violent and animal-like. For example, he was questioning Lockwood while "crushing his nails into his palms, and grinding his teeth to subdue the maxillary convulsions." After having analysed the general setting and supernatural of both books, I can easily say that they have more similarities than differences. Even though there is about 150 years difference between both books, it feels as though there is only a few years between then two. The real difference that stands out between the books is an element of humour, which would be hard to succeed in The Woman in Black. The humour occurs in Wuthering Heights, when Lockwood is sarcastic and ironic at times. He doesn't take the situation very seriously at first. This tells us that one story is more intense than the other. It indicates that there is an intensity in The Woman in Black which may not be present at this point in Wuthering Heights. It is interesting to note the style and language used in both books. In Wuthering Heights, the language is self-consciously formal, to reflect the intelligence of the author. The sentences are long, there are frequent uses of semi-colons, and a lot of complex and demanding vocabulary is used, for example, words like "misanthropist" are complex, and have been chosen very carefully. This is mainly because in Victorian times, only the rich, higher-class people could read, and therefore, the books were written for them. In The Woman in Black, there are echoes of a traditional or archaic style in the language used, and there is a slight flavour of history. Susan Hill uses some sophisticated language, but it is more lucid and it's much looser and clearer than Wuthering Heights. The Woman in Black was deliberately written in a pre-modern style, with a formality about it. This is to create a gothic, historical feel. It could be possible that Susan Hill decided to do this because the best supernatural novels were written in the last century. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Emily Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Emily Bronte essays

  1. Theme of Violence in Wuthering Heights

    His violent character is shown through his actions. Catherine Earnshaw also did have a violent side. She didn't like the idea of Heathcliff and Edgar fighting for her love. She uses mental violence to hurt and manipulate people. Even when she is dying she uses mental violence to hurt Heathcliff.

  2. Trace the theme of madness and supernatural in Emily Bront->'s "Wuthering Heights".

    Women were thought of as property and were in completely under the control of their husbands or fathers and there are many examples of women who are in such a situation in the novel.

  1. Wuthering Heights

    The reader can still feel sympathy for Heathcliff. Chapter six shows the start of the slow separation of Catherine and Heathcliff. Without the protection from Mr. Earnshaw, Hindley treats Heathcliff horribly. There is a lot of evidence for this, but one of the more horrible things Hindley does is when Catherine and Heathcliff are out in the moors at night.

  2. Compare and Assess at least two of the following approaches in feminist theory, with ...

    Mary Ann Stoddart, 1842, defines the sphere of the poetess as: "All that is beautiful in form, delicate in sentiment, graceful in action will form the peculiar province of the gentle powers of women". Goblin Market can be said to have none of these qualities.

  1. Consider how Emily Bront introduces the reader to the themes of enclosure and the ...

    Also the fact that Heathcliff expresses the words "go to the Deuce" is quite atrocious and not appealing. This would immediately astonish the contemporary audience as witchcraft and mentioning the Devil was quite blasphemous and profound; this may have triggered a slight distaste towards the dreadful keeper of this dreadful house.

  2. What impression of Heathcliff emerges in The opening chapters of "Wuthering Heights"?

    By doing this Heathcliff is portrayed as reluctant to speak, so is therefore antisocial towards Lockwood. By "wincing" Heathcliff seems to find it hard and painful to speak. Again an antisocial image is portrayed, when Heathcliff "uttered with closed teeth", we as a reader have come to a conclusion that Heathcliff's personality is cold and rude.

  1. Comparing the narrative techniques used in 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Your Shoes'

    This, although at times slightly confusing allows you to get right into the characters head and find out what different characters are experiencing and their outlook on the same situation. In 'Wuthering Heights' Nelly is the principle narrator. Nelly is a good character to choose as narrator because though both

  2. What part Does Violence Play in Wuthering Heights?

    Nelly's story begins with Mr. Earnshaw returning home with a 'dirty ragged' child whom he named Heathcliff after his dead son. Hindley does not like this new arrival to his family and is jealous of the attention and love Heathcliff receives from his father. Catherine however forms a close friendship with the 'sullen' boy which

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work