Wuthering heights Final Analysis

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The clouded mystery behind a novel’s meaning often makes the work more enjoyable to read. In Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, there is a mysterious aura which defines every aspect of the story. When understanding the story, the reader cannot look at Weathering Heights simply as a home, but as a necessary and unshakable part of life for the main characters. Critics argue many different theories regarding Weathering Heights and what its central theme is supposed to be interpreted as. Although the critics hold different interpretations of the novel, they all agree on the simple fact that deceit and deception both hold key roles within the story. This is not solely seen in characters like Heathcliff, but also in Emily Bronte herself in the way she presents the story. By neglecting to provide the reader with adequate explanations and conclusions of vital events in the story, the author deceives the reader into thinking that they can interpret the situations in their own way. Although it may seem that certain details are left out on purpose for the reader to fill in themselves, this is simply not the case. This is highlighted by J. Hillis Miller when he states: “This act of interpretation always leaves something over, something just at the edge of the circle of theoretical vision which that vision does not encompass. This something left out is clearly a significant detail” (369). By deceiving the average reader with these scenarios, Emily Bronte mirrors some of her own characters. The similarity between the author’s interaction with her readers and the deceptive interactions between characters are crucial attributes to the novel’s brilliance. In this way, Emily Bronte controls her audience in the same way Heathcliff control’s his... ... middle of paper ... ...ss in the end. Bronte makes this fictional setting seem plausible because she employed both of these themes in the way that she wrote her novel. By purposefully leaving major questions unanswered in the novel, Bronte deceives many readers into thinking that they have free reign in interpreting these perceived plot wholes. In fact, these are not plot wholes at all; but instead, examples of literary genius employed by Emily Bronte that are only appreciated by careful readers. She used unreliable narrators to recant stories that occurred at the Wuthering Heights and the Grange because the details did not need to be overly in depth in order for the major themes to be understood by the attentive audience. Emily Bronte’s brilliance shined through Wuthering Heights because she was able to create a very personal connection to her work by embodying the novel’s major themes.
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