Wuthering Heights

Text Name: Wuthering Heights
Form: Written text, novel
Composer: Emily Bronte (author)
Summary: A man named Lockwood rents a manor house called Thrushcross Grange. He meets his landlord, Heathcliff, and Nelly Dean, Heathcliff’s housekeeper, who live four miles away in the manor of Wuthering Heights. Nelly tells him the story of Heathcliff, from when he was poor, helpless orphan boy, to his descent into someone malevolent, revengeful, bitter, cruel. By the end of Nelly’s recount, Lockwood is appalled and ends his tenancy at Thrushcross Grange. 6 months later, he returns to visit Nelly, and learns of Heathcliff’s death, and the novel ends with Lockwood visiting the graves of Catherine and Heathcliff.
Focus character: The novel revolves around the story of HEATHCLIFF. The entire plot is driven by his actions in seeking revenge, and the reader is engaged by the desire to understand him and his motivations. We hope that his cruel and sinister behaviours simply conceal his virtues, and that he is actually a fiercely devoted and loving hero…however, we learn that this is not the case. We embark on his both physical and inner journey, sympathising with him, and masochistically insisting on seeing him as a romantic hero, even after his gratuitous malevolence.
  * Narration- The story of Wuthering Heights is told through flashbacks recorded in diary entries, and events are often presented out of chronological order—this allows the reader to piece the story together themselves, with each chapter filling in the gaps a little more. This keeps the reader wanting to know more, and makes the impact of the journey more intense.
  * Foiling- The novel is structured around two parallel love stories, the first centering on the love between Catherine and Heathcliff, with the second featuring the developing love between young Catherine and Hareton. These two romances foil each other, contrasting the relationships even more. The differences between these two love...