Comparing Heart of Darkness and Wuthering Heights Essay

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Similarities between Heart of Darkness and Wuthering Heights

Although Joseph Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness, and Emily Bronte's, Wuthering Heights, were written in different era, they do in fact share a few similarities.

First of all, Heart of Darkness and Wuthering Heights compare in the manner that both novels draw on their respective author's personal experiences. Emily Bronte, who wrote in the latter Romantic Period but also had characteristics of Victorian writers, was left motherless at the age of two and spent most of her life with her father and siblings in Haworth, England. It was in this location that Emily first experienced the moors that play a critical role of her novel linking Wuthering Heights with
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The action is then passed to Nelly who narrates of things in the past but also foreshadows the future. Other characters in the novel also contribute to the narrative frame. For example, Catherine does not speak to the reader directly, but through her diary. In this diary, she tells of her childhood with Heathcliff on the moors and of the ill treatment of Joseph and Hindley. Heart of Darkness is also told in the narrative frame. Charlie Marlow is the character Joseph Conrad uses to capture his audience of anonymous seamen aboard the cruising yawl, Nellie. The night is so dark; no one is able to see faces just hearing the sounds of Marlow. Marlow begins telling of his life altering circumstances aboard the steamship on the African Congo. Marlow describes in full detail of the trip, unconcerned that might or might not be listening. It seems as if Marlow desperately needs to say these things to anyone who might listen. I feel this is how Joseph Conrad feels and uses this writing to get the word out. Marlow continues this pattern all through the novel with an occasional interruption from one the crew.

Finally, both Heart of Darkness and Wuthering Heights, use their characters to explore the underlying themes of good versus evil, division and reconciliation, and nature and culture. These themes are not independent of each other rather a mixture that plays out within the respective novels. In Wuthering Heights, there are

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