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  1. Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights - Cathy's Narcissism and Fragmentation

    Black has resonances of an empty space, whereas a "press" could be a printing press for printing Cathy's story. Cathy's misrecognition reinforces the notion, however, that she has no story to print, since her life is empty like a black hole. Ellen says: "There is no press in the room and never was". (161) In other words, Cathy has never had a story to tell. Nonetheless, Cathy still attempts to find her own story when she runs to the window and opens it.

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  2. Discuss the forceful nature of Wuthering Heights and the different events that conspire to produce it.

    It is from Branwell that Emily might have taken the idea of the character of Heathcliff. Cathy describes Heathcliff accurately, when she says, "I'd as soon put that little canary into the park on a winter's day, as recommend you to bestow your heart on him! He's not a rough diamond--a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man." Branwell had high literary and artistic ambitions that ended up in disappointment. He was a constant source of trouble for his family. He presented Emily with first hand experience of the wretched spectacle of masculine depravity.

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  3. Compare and contrast the ways in which women writes connect 'writing' with'the body'.

    the way we will occupy them". Nonetheless her key insistence and strong view against ideologies is that "nothing is natural"2 However, to understand the fundamental themes of Wuthering Heights we have to consider this normality of the Victorian era. There were severe restraints on sexuality in the Victorian period, especially on that of woman and the higher class. We can comprehend this due to the lack of intimacy and reference to the body, in the novel, compared to that of a Post-modernism text such as Written on the Body.

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  4. "Literature is not innocent. It is guilty and should admit itself so." What does Bataille mean by this, and is he justified?

    Bataille gives this utilitarian based view of Good; it is "based on a common interest which entails consideration of the future"3. So something that is not based on a common interest, and does not consider the future and consequences of itself cannot be classed as Good, or innocent, and so must be 'bad', and therefore can be said to be Evil. Something that is Good has limits, or restraints on it, to ensure it adheres to the rules of what Good is.

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  5. Heaven, Hell and the Duality of Catherine Earnshaw

    The estate a place continuously described using terms that emphasize and establish its hellish and chaotic nature. The images constructed include obvious allusions to hell and the devil, as well as more subtle descriptions involving fire, heat, darkness, and violent weather. The narrator, William Lockwood, gives the first descriptions of Wuthering Heights, which include observations of "grotesque carvings" lavished upon the threshold and a huge fireplace that "reflects splendidly both light and heat," is home to an "immense fire," and above which are "villanous old guns" (2, 8, 3). In later portrayals, the Earnshaw estate is further established as a miserable and confining hell for its inhabitants.

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  6. How do the two houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, relate to the major characters and themes in Wuthering Heights?

    Emily Bront´┐Ż's writing works on the reader through suggestion rather than through direct explanation. She weaves in subtle indications of characters and events through weather and emotions, through buildings and boundaries and through night and day. Wuthering Heights is a stone building set on the moors. It represents the personalities of the characters that grow up or reside within it, and it is not until the end of the novel that we see lightness and happiness associated with it. Words used whilst describing the house such as wild, hostile and raw are often felt by the reader to describe the characters that live there, such as Heathcliff, Catherine, Joseph and Hareton and Hindley.

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