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Introduction

Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte, born in 1818 at Thornton, a bleak village near Bradford, is the author of the controversial book Wuthering Heights, a story that focuses on the light and dark sides of life, a story of love and hatred, kindness and malevolence. The author, Emily Bronte, focuses on the story of the passionate but foul Heathcliff and how he rose from poverty to the richest man in the neighbourhood. Bronte lived in the moors and I believe this inspired her to write Wuthering Heights and its settings. I believe she would also have been inspired by the make-believe world of Gondal, which she and her sisters created as children. They wrote many poems and stories about Gondal and its magical surroundings. As a child Bronte had many sisters and a brother, so she was never in need of extra excitement or playmates. She was often to be seen walking to moors with her brother and sisters, as Cathy was often seen roaming the moors with Heathcliff. Bronte was happiest at home in Haworth, she had the freedom to roam the moors, and think with only her beloved dogs to bother her. She immersed herself in her imagination. When her brother, Bronwell, died at the age of 30, in 1848, Bronte caught a cold that rapidly turned to tuberculosis and she died 3 months later. After Bronwells death Bronte seemed to give up on life and lost the irreplaceable ability to immerse herself in her imagination, without this she had no will to live. ...read more.

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able to get a job or be respectable later in life, it's even worse than the beatings or making Heathcliff a stable boy. Although Heathcliff and Cathy's friendship still stays strong throughout this, Cathy even tries to teach Heathcliff what she learns for a short time. The only real punishment Hindley can find for Cathy and Heathcliff is that they are separated. One day, as Cathy and Heathcliff were roaming the moors, they come across The Grange. Cathy and Heathcliff looks in though the window and see two small children; two small children fighting over a puppy, in this moment Bronte shows us the wildness of Cathy and Heathcliff - laughing at young Edgar and Isabella for arguing over an insignificant thing. But Bronte shows us that Edgar and Isabella represent civilisation and social life - something Cathy and Heathcliff know nothing of. Inside the Grange is very spectacular and grand, very different from Wuthering Heights; Bronte makes a point of showing us how dilapidated Wuthering Heights has become under Hindley's reign. Here Cathy is taken ill and stays at the Grange for some weeks. When Cathy returns she approaches Heathcliff. Heathcliff, expecting a warm welcome from Cathy after the torment Hindley has put him though in her absence, is greeted by a snotty well dressed child, her hair in ponytails. She says to Heathcliff, "oh, aren't you dirty". Bronte here shows the influence higher class has had on Cathy, and Heathcliff does not like it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Cathy is now showing signs of a major illness and Bronte shows the different reactions the men have to her illness, Edgar becomes withdrawn and is calm and quite, but Heathcliff is passionate and roars at Cathy showing his never-ending love. Before Isabella leaves she comes back for one last confrontation with Edgar, to beg for forgiveness. She is greeted by a cold harsh man, not unlike Heathcliff in his vocal manner. Edgar dismisses her, and Bronte shows us that Edgar can be as harsh and cruel as Heathcliff too. Edgar cuts all bonds between Isabella and himself. When Cathy Eventually dies, giving birth, both Edgar and Heathcliff react in different ways, Heathcliff wails and rampages about, while Edgar becomes very quite and secluded. Cathy is buried in the moors by Bronte, this shows us where her heart truly was, roaming with Heathcliff and playing all day long. This book is focused upon one man, Heathcliff, and all the opposites around him. Edgar and Heathcliff are clearly two opposite men. Heathcliff was born into poverty and has had to crawl in gutters and live like a slave under Hindley's rule; Edgar however has lived like a prince all his life and has always got everything he asked for. The only thing these two men have in common is their love for Cathy, both men clearly despise the others love for her. These two men could never become friends as they are too different mentally and physically, they were destined to loath each other and fight over Cathy's love. English James Sampson ...read more.

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