PRACTICAL SESSION 10. Reading Fiction: Wuthering Heights
1. Read the following text three times and take notes for each reading.
Emily Brontë (1818-1848)
First Reading: I haven’t understood very well the general idea of the poem. I have had some problems with the general idea of the poem.
Second reading: I have understood better the idea of the poem but having problems with the meaning of some key words.
Third reading: On the last reading I have understood better the general idea and the meaning of some words wich I didn’t understand.
2. Answer the following questions.
a) What kind of text is it?
Is a poem
b) Who is the author?
c) When was the text written/published?
1845 and July 1846 and published in July of the following year. I
d) What is the plot of the story?
e) Who are the main characters? Describe them.
* Heathcliff: Found, and presumably orphaned, on the streets of Liverpool, he is taken to Wuthering Heights by Mr. Earnshaw and reluctantly cared for by the rest of the family. He and Catherine later grow close, and their love becomes the central theme of the first volume; his revenge and its consequences are the main theme of the second volume. Heathcliff is typically considered a Byronic hero, but critics have found his character, with a capacity for self-invention, to be profoundly difficult to assess. His position in society, without status (Heathcliff serves as both his given name and surname), is often the subject of Marxist criticism.
* Catherine Earnshaw: First introduced in Lockwood's discovery of her diary and etchings, Catherine's life is almost entirely detailed in the first volume. She seemingly suffers from a crisis of identity, unable to choose between nature and culture (and, by extension, Heathcliff and Edgar). Her decision to marry Edgar Linton over Heathcliff has been seen as a surrender to culture, and has implications for all the characters of Wuthering Heights. The character of...