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Brief Summary Of The Novel (*The Adjective Wuthering Is In Yorkshire

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Brief Summary of theNovel (*The adjective wuthering is in Yorkshire dialect for weathering = ìáñáìÝíá. ) Mr.Earnshaw a farmer and owner of "Wuthering Heights" on the Yorkshire moors, brings home an orphan presumably a gipsy boy from Liverpool. They name him Heathcliff.Catherine his daughter is immediately attracted to the boy while his son Hindley hates him and is jealous of him. When Mr.and Mrs.Earnshaw die and Hindley takes over the estate he subjects Heathcliff to every indignity possible thus transforming him into a brutal, violent vengeful being.Wuthering Heights is built on rock and moor standing there against the incessant winds ...view middle of the document...

· It certainly is not a love story .The brutality and violence of the characters make it so different from the Victorian romantic novels of Emily Bronte's day.Also, Heathcliff is an anti-heroe , more like a villain and Catherine too is not a classical heroine but a stubborn, passionate woman.The love between them is spiritual rather than physical and they are finally united only after they are both dead.· There are many theories as to what the novel represents : 1. The story can be seen as one of crime and punishment .All characters sin in some way and are punished (except for Cathy and Hareton) 2. On the other hand the story also represents a conflict between storm and calm.Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange and their occupants represent storm and calm respectively. When these two elements clash there is hate and violence and harmony is restored only when Heathcliff gives up his desire for revenge and is united after death with Catherine.3. Another theory is the conflict between good and evil (love and hate).As soon as Catherine despite her natural instincts marries Edgar chaos results.The good in Heathcliff is turned to evil. Finally, after 17 years, Heathcliff's revenge is drained away.He finds himself loving Hareton, the son of his enemy, and finds his peace only while waiting for his death to be united to Catherine.Everything withers away -hate and ambition-love conquers all even Heathcliff in the end.STYLE W.H is considered a great lyric poem.While the style is clear and simple it has tremendous vitality. It is a novel painted in powerful colours and vivid contrasts between the wild and brutal and the comfortable and gentlemanly (both for houses,settings and people).STRUCTURE 1. The structure of W.H is as unconventional as its theme. Emily Bronte did not write the typical Victorian novel of normal people living normal everyday lives..He story is timeless.It deals with universal passions -love,hate and revenge.2. Mr.Lockwood records what was told to him by Nelly Dean.The...

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