Emily Brontë and Wuthering Heights
Art is part of its creator, and authors, poets, singers, and artists are part of the work they create. Every idea has to come from somewhere, and work is usually inspired by something in the creator's life. You can see an author in her characters, her plot, her setting, and strewn throughout the rest of the novel. Emily Brontë was no different; her writing reflected her as a person. Many aspects of Brontë's novel, Wuthering Heights, are based on the author's own life; whether these elements were drawn from her personality, her beliefs and desires, or the experiences of her life and of the lives around her, they all contribute to the novel.
Emily Brontë, born in Yorkshire, England, grew up on the moors. Her mother died when she was only three, leaving Emily and her five siblings, Charlotte, Anne, Branwell, Elizabeth, and Maria, to be raised by their father. Brontë published poetry throughout her life, but Wuthering Heights was her only novel. Her siblings were also talented writers; Branwell published works throughout his life, and Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Brontë published poetry and novels under the pseudonyms of Currer, Acton, and Ellis Bell, respectively. They chose to hide their true identities because they knew their work would be taken more seriously if readers assumed they were men. In fact, after Brontë's death, readers were convinced her brother Branwell had actually penned Wuthering Heights. At the age of thirty, Emily Brontë died of tuberculosis, the illness that claimed the lives of most of the members of the Brontë family.
Emily Brontë used characteristics of her own personality to help create the characters of her novel. “Reclusive and introverted,” Brontë spent a lot of time on her own, which reflects the isolated nature of not only the characters living at Wuthering Heights, but the house itself (Krueger). The setting and characters are described using words such as “solitary,” “desolation,” and...