Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë BRONTË USES IMAGERY EFFECTIVELY TO EMPHASISE THE CHARACTERS OF HEATHCLIFF, CATHERINE AND LINTON AND THEIR COMPLEX RELATIONSHIPS IN THE NOVEL. DISCUSS THIS STATEMENT ---------------------- In the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, symbolism is used continuously throughout, making it a brilliant, gripping story. In this essay I will be explaining how Brontë uses it, like using physical appearances of each person to emphasise their character. I will also be writing about the way she describes the settings and how they are built or decorated to again enhance or create analogies of each character. Brontë not only uses these but also by cleverly making what each person says and how they say it, makes it be symbolic of what they are like. The weather and the atmosphere that they live in creates a picture of what is going on at certain points in the novel, like if characters are in an argumentative mood the weather will be dark which symbolises that state of mind. At the more poignant points in the text Brontë even refers to the supernatural or to natural phenomena to emphasise or illustrate the deep emotions of that person. Many metaphors and similes are used and also heaven and hell to symbolise the extreme parts of the story. All these brilliant techniques and devices create... ... middle of paper ... ... situations like the characters have been in. The most effective part of the story for me was the speech between Nelly and Cathy, where Heathcliff hears Cathy say that it would degrade her to marry him. This part appealed to me because it made me think about what could have happened if he had heard the rest of the conversation and if it would have been a good novel. I thought that it would most probably not have been very gripping or even that good if it were to have happened. Although it didn’t happen it still could keep the story as being powerful and evocative. I think that Wuthering Heights is about love but there are many other genres’ that it could be, Revenge Spiritual or even a book about the Supernatural. Whatever the type if the storyline remained it would again still be an intensive, emotive novel.

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