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Presentation on Wuthering Heights

My university project on Wuthering Heights

Alex Bardovskih

on 31 May 2011

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Wuthering Heights Is the only novel by Emily Brontë. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. Biography Emily Brontë Emily Brontë was born on 30 July 1818 in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire, to Maria Branwell and Patrick Brontë. She was the younger sister of Charlotte Brontë and the fifth of six children. The three Brontë sisters From left to right: Anne, Emily and Charlotte. Life as a writer 1844 1845 1846 Emily began going through all the poems she had written, recopying them neatly into two notebooks. One was labeled "Gondal Poems"; the other was unlabeled. Charlotte discovered the notebooks and insisted that the poems be published. Emily, furious at the invasion of her privacy, at first refused, but relented when Anne brought out her own manuscripts and revealed she had been writing poems in secret as well. The sisters' poems were published in one volume as Poems by Currer, Ellis (for Emily), and Acton Bell. The only novel 1847 Emily published her only novel, Wuthering Heights, as two volumes of a three-volume set (the last volume being Agnes Grey by her sister Anne). Its innovative structure somewhat puzzled critics. Critics on "Wuthering Heights" The success is not equal to the abilities of the writer; chiefly because the incidents are too coarse and disagreeable to be attractive, the very best being improbable, with a moral taint about them, and the villainy not leading to results sufficient to justify the elaborate pains taken in depicting it. Publicator: Spectator 18 December 1847 This is a work of great ability, and contains many chapters, to the production of which talent of no common order has contributed. Pubclicator: Examiner 8 January 1848 This is a strange book. It is not without evidences of considerable power: but, as a whole, it is wild, confused, disjointed, and improbable; and the people who make up the drama, which is tragic enough in its consequences, are savages ruder than those who lived before the days of Homer. Publicator: Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper 15 January 1848 Wuthering Heights is a strange, inartistic story. The general effect is inexpressibly painful. Publicator:Atlas 22 January 1848 Charlotte edited and published Wuthering Heights as a stand-alone novel and under Emily's real name. 1850 Introducing "Wuthering Heights" Characters Film adaptations Themes Heathcliff bitter haunted angry malicious bizarre complicated mesmerising Catherine Earnshaw pretty strong-willed wild passionate mischievous spoiled Edgar Linton tender gentle weak personality educated refined Nelly (Ellen) Dean educated clever kind-hearted faithful devoted Isabella Linton charming sensitive infantile wayward even-tempered quiet Hindley Earnshaw cruel evil tyrannical gambler Hareton Earnshaw strong rude illiterate ignorant ill-mannered Cathy Linton opinionated pretty snobbish fretful cunning clever good-tempered Linton Heathcliff ailing wicked self-centered selfish Mr. Lockwood Joseph intelligent smart handsome well-mannered rude ignorant pietistic strict self-righteous The Destructiveness of a Love That Never Changes The book is actually structured around two parallel love stories, the first half of the novel centering on the love between Catherine and Heathcliff, while the less dramatic second half features the developing love between young Catherine and Hareton. In contrast to the first, the latter tale ends happily, restoring peace and order to Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. The differences between the two love stories contribute to the reader’s understanding of why each ends the way it does. Clash of elemental forces The universe is made up of two opposite forces, storm and calm. Wuthering Heights and the Earnshaws express the storm; Thrushcross Grange and the Lintons, the calm. Catherine and Heathcliff are elemental creatures of the storm. The Precariousness of Social Class The novel is set at a time when capitalism and industrialization are changing not only the economy but also the traditional social structure and the relationship of the classes. The yeoman or respectable farming class (Hareton) was being destroyed by the economic alliance of the newly-wealthy capitalists (Heathcliff) and the traditional power-holding gentry (the Lintons). Wuthering Heights (1992) Wuthering Heights (1998) Wuthering Heights (2009) Wuthering Heights (1978) Wuthering Heights (1970)
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