Analysis Of The Novel ' Wuthering Heights ' Essay examples

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In 1847 Emily Brontë published Wuthering Heights; a novel as eccentric as it is unsettling, its themes including the oppositional natures of horror and beauty, dreams and reality, hate and adoration, fused into one strange and dark novel. This essay is a comparative analysis of two film adaptations of Brontë’s novel; the thesis being the 1939 film adaptation, titled Wuthering Heights and directed by William Wyler, presents the story within the romance genre. By comparison the 2011 adaptation directed by Andrea Arnold, also titled Wuthering Heights presents the story within the realist genre. Using comparative analysis to engage with these two strikingly different genres and adaptations, this essay will seek to understand the ways in which the novel is presented on screen and the filmmaker’s motivations behind these representations. The impulses behind these alternate visions of a text illustrate the nature of media adaptation, and the aims of filmmaker’s adapting classic texts. This essay will compare how each film adapts; (1) the theme of nature; (2) characterisation (focusing in particular on Heathcliff); (3) the use of narration and; (4) social and cultural representations. The theme of nature is important in the 1939 adaptation and its place within the romance genre. The Romantic Movement was a revolt against the Age of Enlightenment, peaking between 1800-1850, the time of Brontë’s writing. Its themes and ideals are evident in Wuthering Heights; its emphasis on…

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