The text that I have chosen is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. This text has many key moments which influence my understanding of the general vision and viewpoint.
The language and description of the harsh brutal landscape of the moors prepares me, the reader for the stark vision and viewpoint that emerges in this novel.
A key moment which influenced my understanding of the general vision and viewpoint is in chapter nine. In the kitchen Nelly meets Catherine. She is anxious to confide in Nelly, who is not very sympathetic as she believes Catherine to be spoilt and headstrong. Edgar, she learns, has proposed and been accepted. But Catherine is unhappy about her decision and feels that it is wrong.
Up to this point in the novel the general vision and viewpoint had been quite optimistic in my opinion, until Catherine’s conversation with Nelly. Throughout the novel I feel very sympathetic towards Heathcliff as all he desires in Catherine as he is deeply in love with her. It breaks his heart to hear that Catherine doesn’t wasn’t to marry him. There is no doubt that Catherine influenced Heathcliff’s desire for revenge and vengeance.
Catherine believes that marriage to Heathcliff would degrade her. Heathcliff has been sitting quietly in the kitchen, unknown to Catherine. At this point Nelly saw Heathcliff leave, but did not inform her young mistress. After Heathcliff’s departure Catherine speaks of the depth of her love for Heathcliff, which resembles, she says, “the eternal rocks beneath”. She hopes that marriage to Edgar Linton will resolve her terrible dilemma, allowing her to remove Heathcliff from the degrading position to which Hindley has condemned him. We as readers believe that Catherine and Heathcliff would have made their relationship work let alone get married, if only he stayed a little longer to hear Catherine’s deep feelings about him.
When Catherine discovers from Nelly that Heathcliff has gone, and how and when he left, she is very...