Analysis Of The Wuthering Heights Novel English Literature Essay

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a. The book is about the lives of a family living in Wuthering Heights. b. The book is about Whutering Heights the owner of Whutering Heights is Mr. Earnshaw he lives there with his son and daughter. He brings home an orphan boy named Heathcliff, his son Hindley was not happy he took the child home. Hindley hated Heathcliff. His sister, Catherine, however, shows a natural attraction for Heathcliff, she loves him more than herself. One day Catherine and Heathcliff go to Thrushcross Grange to look for a house to live. They were not admitted because of the wild appearance of Heathcliff. Catherine told the housekeeper Nelly Dean that she could never marry Heathcliff because he's socially below her. When Heathcliff finds out Catherine told the housekeeper they couldn't marry because of him he leaves. Catherine marries Edgar Linton while Heathcliffe is gone. They live a comfortable life on Thrushcross Grange. When Heathcliff returns he visits Catherine. Edgar is jealous of Heathcliff and tells everybody his appearance is making Catherine ill. Catherine died giving birth to her and Edgar's child named Cathy. After the death of Catherine, Heathcliff marries Edgar's sister Isabella. Together they have a son, named Linton. After the death of Hindley, his son Hareton and Heathcliff stay in Whutering Heights. After seeing Cathy, Linton feels the same way her mother did with Heathcliff, she feels very attached to Linton. Cathy discovers that Linton is living in Whutering Heights, her father (Edgar) forbid her to see Linton but she went to visit him secretly. Heathcliff forces Catherine to marry Linton but she dies short after there marriage. Edgar dies too. Cathy despites her grief and falls in love with Hareton. Finally Heathcliff dies and feels reunited with Catherine.


Heathcliff: Found, and presumably orphaned, on the streets of Liverpool, he's taken to Wuthering Heights by Mr. Earnshaw and taken care of by the rest of the family. He and Catherine later grow close, and their love becomes the central theme of the first volume; his revenge and its consequences are the main theme of the second volume. Heathcliff is considered the hero in the book but he's not actually a hero.

Catherine Earnshaw: First introduced in Lockwood's discovery of her diary and etchings, Catherine's life is almost entirely detailed in the first volume. She seemingly suffers from a crisis of identity, unable to choose between nature and culture (and, by extension, Heathcliff and Edgar). Her decision to marry Edgar Linton over Heathcliff is because of the culture difference between Heathcliff and Catherine.

Edgar Linton: Introduced as a child of the Linton family, who reside at Thrushcross Grange, Edgar is the owner of Wuthering Heights there's a huge difference with Heathcliff and Catherine, and the former dislikes him. Because of his status, Catherine marries him and not Heathcliff.

The story takes place in Wuthering Heights in England. And at a residents called Thrushcross Grange.

The story takes place in the end of the 17th century, it's because of the importance of status between man en women. A woman like Catherine can not marry a man like Heathcliff because of the social differences, another reason why I think it takes place in the end of the 17th century is because they travel by horse. The time of the story is from the beginning of there lives till there death, I think it's about 60 years because they al die young. The story is told chronologically. The author does not use flashbacks.

Lockwood: is the narrator of the book, he comes to rent Thrushcross Grange from Heathcliff to escape society but finally decides he prefers company rather than end up as Heathcliff.

The title of the book is Wuthering Heights the greater part of the story takes place at Wuthering Heights, so that's where the title comes from.

I think the author wants to tell a story about "forbidden love" not be able to marry anyone you want. In the end of the 17th century a woman could not marry a man below her status like with Catherine and Heathcliff.

Leesbeleving en evaluatie

I liked the book, I wanted to read a classic book. Sometimes I found it very hard to read, especially the parts where Joseph was talking, because the author wrote exactly what he is telling, his accent is sometimes a bit confusing. But that made it also very real, and funny. I wouldn't recommend it really much because it is a difficult book with al these characters and al the different things that happen, that could be confusing. So I would recommend it to people who really like to read and people who are really good at English. I don't have a part in the book I'd like the most, but a big development in the book is when Heathcliff leaves. This quote is about Catherine telling what she believes will happen with her marriage and her relationship to Heathcliff. It's before Heathcliff leaves, I think it's very sad how she thinks about her live with Heathcliff. "Nelly, I see now, you think me a selfish wretch; but did it never strike you that if Heathcliff and I married we should be beggars? Whereas, if I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brother's power?"

I found it very disappointing that Catherine dies during the birth of her daughter.

4. Achtergrond informatie en bronnen

Wuthering Heights is a gothic novel, and the only novel by Emily Brontë. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte.

The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centres (as an adjective; wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them.

Now considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights met with mixed reviews by critics when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty.[1][2] Though Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was generally considered the best of the Brontë sisters' works during most of the nineteenth century, many subsequent critics of Wuthering Heights argued that its originality and achievement made it superior.[3] Wuthering Heights has also given rise to many adaptations and inspired works, including films, radio, television dramatisations, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, ballet, opera, role-playing game, and song.

A peace of introduction from the book it self: Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë did of tuberculosis in 1848 at the age of thirty. The story of her life, like that of her brother and sisters, has long since taken its place among the great literary legends of Britain and possesses an almost mythic quality. The originality and intensity of her imagination, which led her to produce a novel unique in English literature, provide a fascinating subject for critical inquiry and psychological speculation. She was the daughter of an Irish clergyman whose background was Methodist but who was himself firmly of the Church of England. In1820 he became perpetual curate of Haworth, Yorkshire, and thus for his children home became a somewhat bleak northern parsonage on the edge of the moors. Emily was his fifth child. The two eldest had died in early childhood; the third was Charlotte, the only one of the Brontë to become a successful writer in her own lifetime tough even she, by far the longest lived of all her generation of Brontës , only lived to the age of thirty-nine)

Early reviews of Wuthering Heights were mixed in their assessment. Whilst most critics recognised the power and imagination of the novel, many found the story unlikeable and ambiguous. Released in 1847, at a time when the background of the author was deemed to have an important impact on the story itself, many critics were also intrigued by the authorship of the novels.H. F. Chorley of the Athenaeum said that it was a "disagreeable story" and that the 'Bells' (Brontës) "seem to affect painful and exceptional subjects". The Atlas review called it a "strange, inartistic story", but commented that every chapter seems to contain a "sort of rugged power". It supported the second point made in the Athenaeum, suggesting that the general effect of the novel was "inexpressibly painful", but adding that all of its subjects were either "utterly hateful or thoroughly contemptible".

The Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper critique was more positive, emphasizing the "great power" of the novel and its provocative qualities; it said that it was a "strange sort of book-baffling all regular criticism" and that "[it is] impossible to lay it aside afterwards and say nothing about it". Although the Examiner agreed on the strangeness, it saw the book as "wild, confused; disjointed and improbable". The Britannia review mirrored those comments made on the unpleasant characters, arguing that it would have been a "far better romance" if the characters were not "nearly as violent and destructive as [Heathcliff]". The unidentified review was less critical, considering it a "work of great ability" and that "it is not every day that so good a novel makes its appearance".

I agree with the with the critics, it could be a more romantic story, but that makes the book rather unique.