Tone, Diction, Structure, Style Of Wuthering Heights
Tone, Imagery, Diction, Structure, Purpose, Style
Tone: Wuthering Heights is characterized by its dismal and dreary tone, often seen in books written during the gothic era of literature. None of the characters are particularly chipper, but Heathcliff hovers a cloud - extremely saturated by anger and sadness - over much of the novel. This dismal tone casts a bleak shadow on the lives of those who inhabit the isolated moors of England. An eerie and mysterious atmosphere combined with Nelly Dean’s intriguing way of storytelling, creates a tone of suspense.
Diction: The word choice fits the novel, setting place between 1770 (when Heathcliff is brought to Wuthering Heights) and 1802 (when Heathcliff dies). As education wasn’t afforded to those of lesser class in this time, Joseph, Hareton and Zillah use less civil word choice, with their language being written in the natural vernacular. Nelly Dean is the exception to this, her proficiency leaves one to wonder if she received second hand education from the children of Wuthering Heights whilst growing up as a servant