Wuthering Heights Figurative Language Analysis

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I have chosen Question One: Emile Bronte’s Wuthering Heights discuss how an attention to figurative language can help in an analysis of literary texts as I enjoyed reading the text and the many qualities that made it such an enjoyable read. When we read something we usually take it as it is but that is exactly what figurative language is not. When we read certain expressions or words with a different meaning it is known as figurative language which is different from literal interpretation. Figurative language goes beyond the meanings of the words that we read which give us, the readers a greater insight into the piece. There are many types of figurative language such as symbolism, metaphors and similes which are all seen in Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering …show more content…
There are only a few similes but the few that I found began in Chapter Three when there was an evident comparison of a glare towards ghosts 'a glare of white letters started from the dark, as vivid as spectres.' (Wuthering Heights, Chapter 3). Another simile I found was found on page 38, Chapter five when everyone tried to stay as quiet as possible as they were in fear of waking Mr. Earnshaw. The people were compared to mice 'We all kept as mute as mice a full half-hour' (Wuthering Heights, Chapter 5, P.38). The last two similes I found were on page 40 where we are able to witness the pure beauty of Miss Cathy when her eyes are describes as diamonds. 'and her eyes sparkled as bright as diamonds' (Wuthering Heights, P.40). Finally the last one I discovered was in Chapter 18 where this comparison aids in the creation of an image of the growth of Catherine within such a short period of time. The comparison was of a baby to a pine tree. 'after the first six months, she grew like a larch' (Wuthering Heights, Chapter 18. …show more content…
They are haunting figures, such as Catherine's ghost we read of at the start of the Novel. She is described as a figure with the icy hand who says has been 'a walk for twenty years' but we do question whether this was just part of Lockwood's nightmares and imagination. Heathcliff also speaks of the past and how he wishes to be greeted with Catherine's ghost. Towards the end of the novel we read of rumours that Heathcliff and Catherine's ghosts roams around the moors through the night. The Ghosts within 'Wuthering Heights' can 'symbolize a lack of closure for the lovers.' (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). With Heathcliff pining for the belief of ghosts shows that he craves to be in the presence of Catherine. Some people assume that Lockwood's stories of the siting’s of the ghost are just within his mind and part of his imagination or could be denying it due to the fact they live in fear of being

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