The story takes place in the early XIXth century. There are two
characters in this extract : Mr Lockwood and Catherine Linton. Mr
Lockwood is the first narrator of this novel, he was one of Mr
Heathcliff's tenants. At the beginning of the story , there were three
characters : Heathcliff, a foundling, his sister Catherine and his
brother Hindley. Catherine fell in love with Heathcliff, but was
married with Edgar Linton. So, the second character we meet here is
Catherine Linton, Edgar Linton's daughter. This extract belongs to the
end of the novel. Catherine comes back to the farm Wuthering Heights,
she tries to get in the house trough the window. Mr Lockwood, which
had read Catherine's diary, does not recognize her.
In this text, Mr Lockwood is in his bed room at Wuthering Heights, he
is alone and he had to stay in the farm because of the snow. He is
disturbed by the gusty wind and the incessant move of the fir-bough.
So he tries to stop this teasing noise, opening the window and seizing
the branch. When his fingers grabbed the branch, another cold hand
caught his. Then the context makes the text become an ambiguous
experience and we can say that this extract is set between sanity and
madness to some extents.
First of all, we will see that this text relates an ambiguous
experience. The atmosphere is gloomy : Mr Lockwood is alone in an
isolated farm, everithing is dark around him and there are many
teasing noises. So we can say that the atmosphere is quite
nightmarish. Mr Lockwood had found Catherine Linton's diary, and he
had read it. So he knows the passion between Catherine Linton and Mr
Heathcliff, the owner of Wuthering Heights. The first contact between...
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...ieve that what he is living is a hallucination, a
product of his imagination because nothing seems to be real. Maybe
that the excessive feelings mentionned are caused by Mr Lockwood's
imagination ; for the reader, the atmosphere is not very threatening.
As in many pre-Romantic novel, the nightmarish atmosphere, symbolised
by the darkness, the moor, the winter, is the source of imagination
and also of fear : imagination and extreme feelings like fear are
We could make a link between this novel from Emily Bront and the
short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, like in The Raven for example.
Indeed, Poe wrote his short stories in the same period as Emily
Bront. In The Raven, the power of imagination, the supranatural and
the unreal have also a great place, and we could note, as in Wuthering
Heights, that the feelings expressed are often excessive.
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