Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Essay

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Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

After it's publication in 1847 this novel made an immediate impression on its readers. It aroused mixed feelings and continues to do so even today. As this novel was very ground breaking, readers were shocked and some did not react well to this book. However, it is clearly recognised as a classic novel.

The author of this book, although well known in the present, was unheard of in 1847, and Emily Bronte was forced to enter a male name, as woman authors were unheard of in the 19th century. Her book would not have been published otherwise.

Emily Bronte was born in 1818 at Thornton, a bleak moorland village near Bradford in Yorkshire. She was the fourth
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Lockwood is the link between the reader and the goings on in this novel. Lockwood is naïve and judges Heathcliff's character completely wrong. Heathcliff is rude and clearly acts unwelcoming towards Lockwood. Lockwood is attacked by dogs yet Heathcliff does not seen to care. We soon wander how this man has come to inherit two houses of this quality. The reader also wanders why he lives in the neglected smaller house of Wuthering Heights. Bronte immediately introduces the contradictory side to Heathcliff's character by describing him as both gentlemanly and a gypsy.

It was Mr Earnshaw (Cathy's father) who took Heathcliff off the streets of Liverpool into his own home on the moors. Heathcliff was very young when this happened and was understandably frightened.

Hindley and Cathy were shocked and disgusted by this boy, as they had never seen anything like him before. "What is it?" quotes Cathy. "It's dirty", quotes Hindley. Despite this setback, Cathy warms to Heathcliff very early on and is it any wonder that Heathcliff falls in love with Cathy as no one has ever cared for him before. However, it is the opposite from Hindley who despises Heathcliff and feels that he is being replaced by Heathcliffe in Mr Earnshaw and Cathy's affections.

Heathcliff and Hindley become enemies very early on and a good example of this is when Heathcliff's horse

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