Tone, Diction, Structure, Style Of Wuthering Heights

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During the late winter months of 1801, a man named Lockwood rents an estate in the isolated moors of England. After meeting peculiar landlord Heathcliff, Lockwood asks housekeeper Nelly Dean if she knows of him. Nelly tells of being a child at Wuthering Heights, a servant with her mother. Owner Mr.Earnshaw, brings home an orphaned boy on his travels from Liverpool. Earnshaw children, Hindley and Catherine, despise the dark-skinned gypsy boy, Heathcliff. After the death of Mrs.Earnshaw, Mr.Earnshaw begins to dote on Heathcliff more than his own son. Earnshaw sends Hindley to college as punishment his cruelty towards Heathcliff. Earnshaw dies three years later, leaving Hindley and his wife Frances to inherit Wuthering Heights. Frances dies giving …show more content…
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

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