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Transcript of Wuthering Heights
Born 1818, Northern England
Extraordinary use of literary devices and grammar
Adaptations turn the plot into a love story with amiable characters
written by Emily Brontë
Endured tragic loss of family at a very young age
Abondoned her law career to move back to the
moors in Yorkshire, England
The three remaining Bronte sisters all became writers.
Emily died of tuberculosis in 1848; age 30.
Rests with her mother, father, sisters and brother in the family vault at the Church of Saint Michael and All Angels in Haworth, West Yorkshire, England.
Victorian Era: the reign on Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Emilt Brontë wrote Wuthering Heights in 1847
Many country people moved to town to make more money.
Example of Heathcliff running away
Marriage was based on social status not love
Wuthering Heights has never won any awards
AS HEATHCLIFF SEEKS REVENGE ON
THE EARNSHAW FAMILY & THE LINTON FAMILY
A love based on a childhood bond
Nelly narrates Wuthering Heights
"From the hour she came downstairs till the hour she went to bed, we had not a minute's security that she wouldn't be in mischief. Her spirits were always at high-water mark, her tongue always going—singing, laughing, and plaguing everybody who would not do the same. "
"Mr. Heathcliff forms a singular contrast to his abode and style of living. He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire."
C & H grew up playing together in the moors of Northern Yorkshire
Heathcliff adopted into Earnshaw family
Catherine falls in love with her foster brother
A young, irresistible love which some say symbolizes freedom.
“Nelly, he [Heathcliff] is more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
- Catherine (Wuthering Heights P. )
United as one in marriage
Catherine & Edgar Linton
Catherine becomes older and realizes she needs a secure and rich lifestyle like Linton's
C & E have a child, named Catherine Linton
The plot unravels beautifully...
Major Themes following the Novel:
destructiveness of social class
madness from greif
violence and abuse
Hamlet vs. Heathliff
Hunt for revenge
main characters obsessively in love with a beautiful girl
causes characters to go mad
death from a broken heart
betrayal by affair
Forms of Characters
Lockwood sees Catherine's ghost in her old bed chamber
Hamlet meets the ghost of his father who asks for revenge
C & H said to haunt the moors of Wuthering Heights
King Hamlet haunts Castle Elsinore & Gertrude's bedchamber
"Wuthering Heights is a strange sort of book,—baffling all regular criticism; yet, it is impossible to begin and not finish it; and quite as impossible to lay it aside afterwards and say nothing about it. "
-Douglas Jerrold’s Weekly Newspaper
My personal favorite was the 1992 version by Peter Kosminksy
Sparked outrage in Southern England due to it's rash plot
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