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Wuthering Heights Emily Jane Bronte, the author of Wuthering heights, was born on July 30, 1818. She was the fifth of six children of Patrick and Maria Bronte and the family moved to their house in Haworth (where Emily would remain for most of her life), with her family having a great influence on her life and work. During her life she encountered a great deal of death, firstly when her mother died of stomach cancer in September of 1821, leaving Emily's aunt Elizabeth to take of their household chores. Two of her sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, also died at an early age after catching TB after they and Emily and Charlotte were sent to a harsh school, Cowan Bridge. Charlotte also became ill so the two of them returned home. In 1843 Aunt Elizabeth also died. All the sisters had a hidden passion for poetry and all wrote in secret, until one day in 1845 charlotte found one of Emily's poems and the sisters confessed and decided to collectively publish a book entitled "Poems" under the pen names of Curer, Ellis and Acton Bell, but the book proved to be unsuccessful. They decided to switch to novel writing after persuasion from their brother Branwell, which led to her writing "Wuthering Heights." ...read more.


Even the name of the house, Wuthering Heights, suggests violence as "wuthering" is a local word used to describe the fierce and wild winds that blow during storms on the moors, which show s there is no protection and the house is open to endless assaults of nature. Lockwood sees the place as wild "compound order" and uncared for "grass grows between the flags and cattle are the only hedge-cutters." Heathcliffs servant Joseph is also very strange, stubborn, and unkind. He is "an old man, very old" who is very religious "the lord help us!" As Lockwood continues to describe Wuthering Heights there is a great deal more violent imagery "stunted firs..... craving alms of the sun...... defended with large jutting stones" all helping to add to the tense and dark atmosphere already building. In the house there is a "liver-coloured bitch pointer surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses." The word "swarm" again suggests a wild atmosphere and is later picked up on when Lockwood - again describing the dogs - says "the whole hive," suggesting he sees them as viscous, swarming and prone to attack, which he soon finds out, they are after they attempt to attack him! ...read more.


His language is very threatenin "I'll break the brats neck" and Hareton is obviously terrified as he "squalling and kickin in his father's arms" He takes Hareton to the top of the banister and dangles him over. As he does Heathcliff comes in just in time to catch the falling boy. As Nelly gives a sigh of relief at the boys safety Heathcliff is infact sad at the fact he saved him. "Had it been dark I dare say he would have tried to remedy the mistake by smashing Haretons skull on the steps." This is extremely violent but shows the true extent of Heathcliff's evil capabilities. Hareton's childhood has been very unhappy and even when Nelly is trying to calm him with a lullaby she sings to him a ballad called the "The Ghosts Warning," which contains ghostly imagery. Wuthering Heights is story of love and hate, good and evil. It focuses on the theme of evil and violence and after reading the novel it is clear to see that there are many influences from Emily Brontes hard life. Her bad experiences helped shape her novel which would go on to become one of the best books ever written. It helps to show that good always prevails over evil and true love can survive through anything. ...read more.

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