Wuthering Heights Essay

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(a) ‘Childhood is shown to be a bitter experience in Wuthering Heights.’ Explore the methods Bronte uses to present childhood. In Wuthering Heights, children, and childhood, are extremely important, as in Wuthering Heights, children are treated with neglect and strictness, and Emily Bronte successfully portrays this with the use of language. Likewise, in the 19th century (when this book takes place) death was much more common, the life expectancy for males was 27 and for females 34 years of age, this is in contrast to the average life expectancy in the 21st century, which is around 70-90, and in Wuthering Heights, death isn’t an abnormality, this adds to the gloomy environment. Many women died in childbirth and from diseases, this relates to Bronte’s experience, as her mother, sisters and brothers have all died before she has, so therefore, it is to be expected that in the novel, and there are many deaths, but Bronte hasn’t made the death significant, rather, she has emphasised the effect the dead have on the living. Consequently, Bronte has described the environment to be very gloomy, as the way Bronte describes the “gaunt thorns” and “stunted firs” very closely relate to the people who live in the Wuthering Heights, Bronte associates colour with emotions, and as such, most are just bland, or very plain, there aren’t any bright colours – “dark blood”, “white snow” – this simplicity reflects the characters and the gloominess of Wuthering Heights. Such characters as the unsociable, hostile Heathcliff and Lockwood’s persistent interest in Heathcliff add to the overall interest of the story to the readers. Heathcliff was found abandoned on the streets of Liverpool by Earnshaw, who named him after his own son who had died. Albeit, Catherine was hostile towards Heathcliff at first, they became great friends. Heathcliff was described as a strange boy, and he

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