A Comparison of Wuthering Heights and Heart of Darkness
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness are two similar stories in the effect that they both have dual narrators and that the narrators of both are manipulated to tell stories of similar morals. They differ, however, in the narrative frames, points of view, and some personality traits of the narrators.
The dual narrator arrangement of Wuthering Heights begins with Mr. Lockwood, the naive new tenant of Thrushcross Grange. He seems to be quite the social person and goes to visit Heathcliff who is not so social and actually seems downright inhospitable. Due to weather conditions at the time (which Lockwood was not wise to go out in) Lockwood becomes stranded at Wuthering Heights where he feels quite unwelcome. While spending the night at Wuthering Heights, the curious Lockwood snoops through some books where he find things inscribed by Catherine. He hears the voice of Catherine calling, and calls for help. Heathcliff then runs after the girl who is not in fact a girl, but Catherine's ghost. Heathcliff embraces this ghost and dies with her in his arms. That pretty much sums up the narrative present and Lockwood's role as narrator. Out of curiosity (Lockwood's most important personality trait), he asks Nelly Dean questions about Heathcliff and the girl. At this point Nelly takes over the role of narrator and we shift into the narrative past.
Nelly Dean is quite knowledgeable about Wuthering Heights and the events that transpired there; however, she is blunt and opinionated. She does not fail to mention that he has taken a genuine interest in Heathcliff sinc...
... middle of paper ...
...ts we learn about Heathcliff's character in the beginning of the story. In Heart of Darkness we do not find out about Kurtz until the end. In both stories, we depend greatly on the narrators to illustrate the significance of theirs lives. While Nelly was opinionated, she was still able to illustrate the moral of the story as well as the more objective narrator, Marlow. Heathcliff took possession of both the Grange and the Heights, but lost his true love, and Kurtz had fame, jewels, ivory and the gorgeous amazon woman, but not the love of his Intended. The most important similarity, however, was held in common not only by the narrators but by the reader as well. Without curiosity the story of Wuthering Heights would not have begun, Heart of Darkness would not have continued, and the reader would not have held interest in either one.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Similarities between Heart of Darkness and Wuthering Heights Although Joseph Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness, and Emily Bronte's, Wuthering Heights, were written in different era, they do in fact share a few similarities. First of all, Heart of Darkness and Wuthering Heights compare in the manner that both novels draw on their respective author's personal experiences. Emily Bronte, who wrote in the latter Romantic Period but also had characteristics of Victorian writers, was left motherless at the age of two and spent most of her life with her father and siblings in Haworth, England.... [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
735 words (2.1 pages)
- The Narrative Structure of Wuthering Heights and Heart of Darkness Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte was first published in 1847, during the Victorian Era. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad was first published as a complete novel in 1902, beginning what is referred to as the Modernist Era in literature. Each of these compelling stories is narrated by an uninvolved character who is quoting a story told to them by a character who actually participated in the story being told. There are both differences and similarities in these effective methods of narration that reflect the styles and expectations of those times. In Bronte's Wuthering Heights, the character of Lockwood begin... [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
1147 words (3.3 pages)
- Shared Elements of The Jewel in the Crown and Wuthering Heights The Jewel in the Crown, by Paul Scott, and Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte', are romantic tragedies which share many common elements. Although written in two vastly different time periods, the shared elements reveal the continuity of romantic tragedies over time. Wuthering Heights, a 19th century realistic fiction, shares the same kind of passionate, violent and emotional characters as The Jewel in the Crown, a post colonial modernist fiction.... [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
664 words (1.9 pages)
- Novel Symbolism Paper Abnormal Symbolism of the Ghost in Wuthering Heights The ghost of Catherine Earnshaw is a very important aspect of Wuthering Heights because she represents the lack of closure between her and Heathcliff. From Catherine’s inability to tell Heathcliff that she loved him to Heathcliff’s hopefulness in the afterlife so Catherine will still exist, the lack of closure is evident in the novel. Ghosts in literature usually symbolize evil or demonic presences, while the ghost of Catherine is used to represent romance rather than evil.... [tags: literary analysis, Emily Bronte]
2042 words (5.8 pages)
- Comparison of Thrusscross Grange and Wuthering Heights Never have two more opposing places existed than Thrusscross Grange and Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights is a dwelling characterized by fiery emotions, primal passions, bitter vengeance, and blatant evil. Thrushcross Grange is a peaceful, beautiful abode which epitomizes all that is good and lovely. Emily Bronte includes these two places in the Romantic novel, Wuthering Heights, to create a contrast which furthers the overall theme of good vs.... [tags: Wuthering Heights Thrusscross Grange Essays]
777 words (2.2 pages)
- The Jealous Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights Throughout Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff's personality could be defined as dark, menacing, and brooding. He is a dangerous character, with rapidly changing moods, capable of deep-seeded hatred, and incapable, it seems, of any kind of forgiveness or compromise. In the first 33 chapters, the text clearly establishes Heathcliff as an untamed, volatile, wild man and establishes his great love of Catherine and her usage of him as the source of his ill humor and resentment towards many other characters.... [tags: Wuthering Heights Essays]
1505 words (4.3 pages)
- Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte wrote only one novel in her life. Wuthering Heights written under her pen name, Ellis Bell, was published in 1847. Although, Wuthering Heights is said to be the most imaginative and poetic of all the Bronte's novels, Emily's book was not as popular as her older sister, Charlotte's, new release, Jane Eyre ("Bronte Sisters" 408). In looking at Bronte's writings, the major influences were her family, her isolation growing up, and her school experiences.... [tags: Wuthering Heights Essays]
2233 words (6.4 pages)
- Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights 1. What techniques are used in the characterization of Heathcliff. Effects. Heathcliff is associated with evil and darkness from the beginning of the novel. "I felt his black eyes withdraw so suspiciously under their brows." (1) When Lockwood sees Heathcliff's garden (perhaps a symbol for Heathcliff) "the earth was hard with a black frost the air made me shiver through every limb." (6) When we see Heathcliff when he is first brought into the E... [tags: Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte]
981 words (2.8 pages)
- Wuthering Heights Misconceptions Victorian reviewers of Emily Bronte’s classic Wuthering Heights found it to be far too harsh and dreary for their tastes. One author, writing for the Atlas, compared Wuthering Heights to Jane Eyre saying that, “Wuthering Heights casts a gloom over the mind that is not easily dispelled” (WH 300) while Jane Eyre manages to provide some cathartic element that offers its reader a release. The same author criticizes it for its lack of realistic elements saying that a “few glimpses of sunshine would have increased the reality of the picture and given strength rather than weakness to the whole” (WH 300).... [tags: Wuthering Heights Essays]
411 words (1.2 pages)
- Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights 1) 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.... [tags: Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights Essays]
1376 words (3.9 pages)