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Introduction Emily Bronte's life has been repeatedly reflected in Wuthering Heights. Her brother died from drinking too much alcohol which is reflected by Hindley Earnshaw as he started to drink heavily after Frances died. Her mother died of cancer and her father died of old age and grief, which is shown with Mrs Earnshaw who became ill and Mr Earnshaw who died old age and the problems between Hindley and Heathcliff. Emily's sister died of TB and pregnancy related complications, Catherine and Frances both died after giving birth to their children. Wuthering Heights was written in 1845. It was to express Emily Bronte's love and feelings. In those times women were restricted from many privileges such as writing books due to them being 'inferior'. For Emily Bronte to be able to put across her feelings in her book she had to use the pseudonym name 'Ellis Bell'. She set Wuthering heights in her home town of Yorkshire and that is why some of characters have a Yorkshire dialect e.g. Joseph. In her book she uses Pathetic Fallacy which means she changes the weather to reflect the feelings of the actors and an example of this is when Heathcliff overhears Nelly and Catherine talking and he runs away. ...read more.


This clearly shows that her first impressions of Heathcliff in this state are negative. At this point she still loves Heathcliff but likes Edgar too and tells Nelly "do not talk of our separation, it is not practical". In Catherine's room she talks to Nelly about how she love Heathcliff but she says she it would degrade her to marry him and how it would be a disgrace to marry him now. Heathcliff overhears only half of the conversation, he only hears her explaining to Nelly how it would degrade her to marry him and it would be a disgrace and then runs away but then Catherine describes her love which rooted in childhood for Heathcliff, "My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly I am Heathcliff." This speech shows how deep Catherine and Heathcliff's love for each other really is. This speech shows that no matter what happens there would always be love between them. However, Heathcliff ran away for three years and in that time he became wealthy and he became in higher class, also in that time Catherine married Edgar Linton. ...read more.


He made him a slave at Wuthering Heights and Heathcliff became dirty and looked scruffy. This pushed Catherine and Heathcliff further away due to the social class difference. Edgar also distributed to the separation by having conflicts with Heathcliff and the main fight caused Catherine to get ill and eventually die. When Edgar fought with Heathcliff and made her choose between him and Heathcliff. She went into a fit and locked herself in her room for four days without eating, she became ill and then later died after giving birth to her daughter Cathy. Heathcliff played a part in his separation with Catherine by running away for three years. As he was away Catherine married and she was having a baby. When he came back she had no choice but to stay with Edgar since they were married. Also he married Isabella who was Edgar's sister; he married her to get revenge on Edgar. Catherine also is to blame because she married Edgar and she drove herself away from Heathcliff. When Catherine says that Heathcliff broke her heart he replies "I have not broken your heart, you have broken it and doing that you have broken mine." WORD COUNT: 1,544 ?? ?? ?? ?? Wuthering Heights Coursework 1 ...read more.

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