Novel Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
What ideas does Brontë associate with the two houses of Thrushcross Grange and
Wuthering Heights? What are we to make of the fact that much of the novel’s action
consists of traveling back and forth between them? How does the second Catherine’s
journey complement (or answer, or repair the damage of) the first’s?
Your discussion should make detailed reference to the text.
Some points you may want to consider include
* The role social class and class ambiguity
* Gender roles
* Race and identity
* Nature of the society depicted in the novel
* The narrative method especially the framing chapters and the role of various narrators
* Relevant images and metaphors used by Brontë to describe structured contrasts between places, individuals, classes and generations
* The opposition between nature and culture
* Any relevant themes (e.g. money, love, marriage, death, violence, Christianity, writing, language, superstition
The story of Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte takes place in northern England in an isolated,
rural area. The main characters involved are residents of two opposing households; Wuthering
Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Wuthering Heights is composed of two stories told one after
the other. The first is about Catherine Earnshaw's relationships with Heathcliff and Edgar
Linton. The second traces the course of Cathy Linton's relationships with her two cousins,
Linton Heathcliff and Hareton Earnshaw. Much of what happens in the first half of the story to
some extent corresponds to the events in the second half. The second half does not just re-tell
the story, but renews it with Cathy symbolising the key to revising and repairing the past.
Some might argue that these two female protagonists are duplicates of each other but this is
not the case for mother and daughter. They had different...