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Wuthering Hieghts-How effective are the first three chapters as an opening to a novel?

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Wuthering heights by Emily Bronte How effective are the first three chapters as an opening to a novel? My essay is about how the first three chapters of wuthering heights are effective as an opening to a novel. The story of Wuthering Heights opens with Lockwood, a tenant of Heathcliff's, visiting the home of his landlord. Lockwood visits wuthering heights twice in the first chapters. In the second trip to wuthering heights Lockwood is forced to stay overnight at the heights because the weather on the moors is to bad to walk back to thrushcross grange which is about 4 miles away. When Mr. lockwood is shown to his room he has a weird super natural dream when he encounters the ghost of Catherine Linton, who used to live at the heights, but Lockwood does not know anything about her yet, this strange dream makes him curious to the inhabitants of wuthering heights. Back at Thrushcross Grange when he is recuperating from his illness from the 4 mile walk back from the heights, Lockwood begs Nelly Dean, a servant who grew up in Wuthering Heights and now cares for Thrushcross Grange, to tell him of the history of Heathcliff. Nelly narrates the main plot line of Wuthering Heights. The writing style of this book is very interesting, the author Emily Bronte grew up in a place quite like wuthering heights, though the book is not based on anything to do with her life, however Because she lived in such a distant place she would not know much about the outside world, just like in the book when the characters really only know the grange and heights and the moors surrounding them. ...read more.

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Catherine Linton was about 18 when she died, but the reader would think she was older, which is the same with Heathcliff, because of his character and how evil he is throughout the book that he is also quite old, but when he dies he is only 37. This actually shows that because of Emily Bronte not being very sociably herself she did not no how other people her age, and younger people behaved in society. In Wuthering Heights, the outside setting is quite astonishing, In the first paragraph of chapter one, the external setting is being described by Lockwood, he describes a beautiful country, by which he means the moors, 'so completely removed from the stir of society', even though the reader can probably imagine this beautiful countryside it does bring to mind that the setting of wuthering heights can be so surreal, and horrifying at times, 'completely removed from the stir of society' could mean that the moors which wuthering heights are set on are lawless and isolated. Throughout the book the outside setting e.g., the weather, changes a lot, from sunny to cold and wet, however even in sunny weather wuthering heights still seems to have a gothic and creepy element surrounding it. When lockwood visit's the heights for a second time when he is forced to stay there the night, there are more gothic related things inside wuthering heights, in chapter Mrs. Heathcliff threatens Joseph with what she says is witchcraft, then lockwood has a weird supernatural dream which I mentioned earlier in the essay about the ghost of Catherine Linton. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although at the end of this chapter it seems as though Lockwood is not going to return to Wuthering Heights he is just as intrigued as the reader of the novel. In the next chapter there is a bit more action, however it is caused by Lockwood being a fool like in the first chapter. The chapter ends with Lockwood being forced to stay overnight, so now he will be able to get to know the house and characters better, therefore so will the readers, which will certainly mean they will carry on reading the book. The novel is quite interesting but I do not think the three chapters I have read are really that effective, the first chapter did not interest me at all, I thought it was just to vague and didn't have anything that would really grab my attention. What did intrigue me was the use of language because I have never read anything set in the 19th century before Wuthering Heights. I think it is only the third chapter that really gets the readers attention, because some interesting has happened and that there is more to the heights than meets the eye. In this day and age what I think make people actually read the book is because it is a classic, people want to know what is so great about wuthering heights, and I know that this book is totally different to other books written at the same time, the characters in the novel are very intriguing and elaborate, therefore I think that is the main reason that people will read on to the end of Wuthering Heights. ...read more.

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