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Wuthering Heights

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Introduction

Wuthering Heights In the novel Wuthering Heights, a story about love turned obsession, Emily Bronte manipulates the desolate setting and dynamic characters to examine the self-destructive pain of compulsion. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is a novel about lives that cross paths and are intertwined with one another. Healthcliff, a orphan, is taken in by Mr. Earnshaw, the owner of Wuthering Heights. Mr. Earnshaw has two children named Catherine and Hindley. Jealousy between Hindley and Healthcliff was always a problem. Catherine loves Healthcliff, but Hindley hates the stranger for stealing his fathers affection away. Catherine meets Edgar Linton, a young gentleman who lives at Thrushcross Grange. Despite being in love with Healthcliff she marries Edgar elevating her social standing. The characters in this novel are commingled in their relationships with Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. The series of events in Emily Bronte's early life psychologically set the tone for her fictional novel Wuthering Heights. Early in her life while living in Haworth, near the moors, her mother died. At the time she was only three. At the age of nineteen, Emily moved to Halifax to attend Law Hill School. There is confusion as of how long she stayed here, suggestions ranging from a minimum of three months to a maximum of eighteen months. ...read more.

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Both Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights began as lovely and warm, and as time wore on both withered away to become less of what they once were. Heathcliff is the very spirit of Wuthering Heights. Healthcliff is a symbol of Wuthering Heights, the cold, dark, and dismal dwelling. "The authors use of parallel personifications to depict specific parts of the house as analogous to Heathcliff's face reveal stunning insights into his character."7 Emily Bronte describes Wuthering Heights having "narrow windows deeply set in the wall, and the corners defended with large jutting stones."8 This description using the characteristics of Wuthering Heights is adjacent to Heathcliff when he is illustrated having, "black eyes withdrawn so suspiciously under their brow."9 Heathcliff lived in a primal identification with nature, from the rocks, stones, trees, the heavy skies and eclipsed sun, which environs him. There is no true separation from the setting of nature for Heathcliff and the lives with which his life is bound. Thrushcross Grange, in contrast to the bleak exposed farmhouse on the heights, is situated in the valley with none of the grim features of Heathcliff's home. Opposite of Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange is filled with light and warmth. "Unlike Wuthering Heights, it is elegant and comfortable-'a splendid place carpeted with crimson, and crimson covered chairs and tables, and a pure white ceiling bordered by gold'."10 Thrushcross Grange is the appropriate home of the children of the calm. ...read more.

Conclusion

The setting throughout the novel often corresponded with the characters emotions. It is best symbolized "in a passage about nature's obviousness to Heathcliff's grief over Cathy's death. A symbol for tears lurks in the image of 'the dew that had gathered on the budded branches, and fell pattering round him'."15 Even though Heathcliff was a hardened person, Catherine's death truly devastated him. Heathcliff's emotions also corresponded with nature when he disappears into a raging storm after hearing Catherine say that it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff. Emily Bronte gives a brief description of Catherine's actions after it is brought to her attention that Heathcliff heard what she said. Catherine, going out to the road in search of him, 'where heedless of my expostulations, and the growling thunder, and the great drops that began to plash round her, she remained calling, at intervals, and then listening, and then crying outright."16 This description symbolizes the relationship and the internal bond that the characters of Wuthering Heights had with nature. It is Bronte's remarkable imagination, emotional power, figures of speech, and handling of dialect that makes the characters of Wuthering Heights relate so closely with their surroundings. Emily Bronte's style of writing is capable of drawing you into the To view the rest of this essay you must be a screwschool member click here to become a member. ...read more.

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