Friday, 5 April 2013

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights - An A-Z post

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Wuthering Heights, now considered to be among the classics of English Literature, was the only novel penned by Emily Bronte. Published in 1847, it first appeared under her pen name Ellis Bell.

Emily was one of six children, but only four of them survived to adulthood. One of her elder sisters is Charlotte Bronte, famous for her novel Jane Eyre.

Upon first release, Wuthering Heights was met by a mixed reception, and many believed it to have been written by a man due to its violence and passion.

Wuthering Heights in A230 is studied with the theme of home and abroad in mind, one that does not seem obvious at first thought.
The 'home' refers to both homes in the story, Wuthering Heights itself and Thrushcross Grange.
The 'abroad' however, refers more to their geographic position. Mr Lockwood, the first character of the tale, is not originally from the north where the story is set, and so he feels somewhat like he has ventured abroad, to places unknown to him. This was the attitude by many people from London and the south.
Heathcliff's character is also relevant to the theme of abroad, as his origins are unknown and his travels between visits to the Heights sent him to far lands and places.

Of all the set texts, Wuthering Heights was one I was looking forward to reading. I have read it once before but I have loved the study of going deeper into the meaning and thoughts within the story itself. This is definitely going to be one of my options on the exam.

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  1. Fascinating, Great choice for E!

  2. One of my all time favorite novels, movie too! Good choice for a post.

  3. I loved Wuthering Heights when I studied it at undergrad, it's a great novel :)