Connection Between Real Life and the Fictional Novel, Wuthering Heights: Analysis of Emily Bronte’s Life and Writing

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Connection Between Real Life and the Fictional Novel, Wuthering Heights: Analysis of Emily Bronte’s Life and Writing There is little known about Emily Bronte; however, the information that is known reflects in her novel Wuthering Heights. Bronte was born on July 30, 1818 at 74 Market Street in Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire, England. She was the third of six children born. When Bronte was only three years young, her mother died of cancer. A short while after, her two eldest sisters died as well. In 1835 Bronte enrolled at Miss Wooler's school at Roe Head, Mirfield, but she soon returned home when she became profoundly homesick and ill. After that Emily Bronte and her sisters focused on their writing. They lived most of their life in their home together. Emily Bronte and her sisters all suffered from anorexia; when they were upset they did not eat. Bronte had a constant hunger, not only for food, but a hunger for happiness, love, fortune, and fulfillment. In 1847, Wuthering Heights was published. It is a story of love, but mainly of revenge. The story follows the life of Heathcliff, a compassionate man who becomes vengeful after he is turned into a servant, and the woman he loves marries another man. He decides to run away, then later returns rich and educated. He meticulously plots a devious plan to take revenge on the two families he believes ruined his life. Starting at a young age Emily Bronte experienced many deaths in her immediate family. These tragic events are apparent in her writing; in Wuthering Heights many significant characters die. Hope Jennings remarked, “Emily died at the age of thirty, only a year after Wuthering Heights was published, but she still speaks to us through her writing.” First, in Wuthering Heights, Mr. Earnshaw dies, followed by Catherine Earnshaw, Hindley Earnshaw, Isabel Linton, Frances Earnshaw, Linton Heathcliff, and Heathcliff.

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