How Emily Bronte Introduces the Reader to the Themes of Enclosure and the Supernatural in Wuthering Heights

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How Emily Bronte Introduces the Reader to the Themes of Enclosure and the Supernatural in Wuthering Heights It took many attempts to get Wuthering Heights published and when it finally was it received a lot of negative reviews because the contemporary readers weren't ready for Emily's style of realism. A Victorian critic July 1848 from Graham's Magazine reviewed Wuthering Heights as "vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors" and described the author as, "a human being could have written such a book. without attempting suicide." Emily Bronte lived a very difficult life and was quite isolated from people she shows this in her story of Wuthering Heights. Her sisters both wrote books which were quite autobiographical, but Emily's story of Wuthering Height's was more of imagination and emotion rather then real life experiences. The novel opens with a date "1801" and is written in the form of a journal/diary using first person narration, "I shall be troubled with." This gives the book an authorial voice and it gives an in depth detail of the plot, this also allows the reader to gain a personal reflection, as well as opinions and emotions. However, this means that there could be a slightly biased view of events from the narrator towards specific characters and issues as his memory unfolds. Yet this use of first person narration creates an intimate relationship between Lockwood and the reader because the reader is allowed to feel through Lockwood. In the first beginning lines of the book there is a sense of enclosure with the description of the actual location of Wuthering Heights, "so completely removed from the stir of society." And then ... ... middle of paper ... ...lowly being drawn into their blasphemous ways. Emily Bronte subtly builds up themes of enclosure and supernatural. She does this through description and uses natural aspects of life to elaborate ideas of enclosure and supernatural. As, she uses weather and physical location a lot to create an image in the reader's mind. Wuthering Heights was the only one of Emily Bronte's books which was published and it is a metaphysical novel because she recognised the problems of her time and used these along side some of her personal experiences and created Wuthering Heights which reflects the social upheaval in England at the time Wuthering Heights was set. I think Emily Bronte effectively introduces the two themes by involving the reader. Also, the description and imagery makes the reader feel as if they're part of the story.

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