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Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte Background Emily Bronte was born in 1818 in Haworth, Yorkshire, the daughter of a Reverend. Her family was full of poets and writers; all published a book except her brother. She and her sisters published poems pseudonymously in 1846, Emily as Ellis Bell. She wrote Wuthering Heights around 1846-1847, with its first publishing in 1847. Emily died in 1848. Setting The integral setting of the novel is simply Wuthering Heights and the neighboring Thrushcross Grange. Wuthering Heights does not seem to be a “home sweet home” sort of place. “Parlor! Nay, we’ve no parlors! If you don’t like our company, there’s masters; and if you don’t like master, there’s us (130)! Isabella took note of the “rough usage” of things” and the damaged chairs and the “deep indentations” that deformed the wall panels. I say that it is integral because the story would not be the same without the setup of the two homes and the eerie moors and the cliffs. It seems to be like a big farm like area. Both seem to be fairly large estates that are about a mile or so apart. Apparently there are the moors in between them, which gives things a creepy appeal. Lockwood arrives in 1801, but Nelly’s story takes place in the 1770’s. Chapter 1 I noticed that its structure is in first person and later learned that the narrator is named Mr. Lockwood. The year is 1801 and Lockwood has just returned from a visit to his landlord. His landlord’s name is Mr. Heathcliff. He seemed cold at first with “black eyes that withdraw so suspiciously under their brows (1).” I guess Lockwood is moving to this place called Wuthering Heights. Lockwood tells us that “wuthering being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its situation is exposed in stormy weather (2).” I am not exactly sure what that means but it could be foreshadowing. It sounds like a creepy place, with the “grotesque carving” with “crumbling griffins and shameless little boys” and the name “Hareton Earnshaw” with 1500. Hmm… He met Joseph, “an elderly, nay, an old man: very old perhaps, though hale and sinewy (2).” Mr. Heathcliff is described as “a dark-skinned gypsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has and erect and handsome figure; and rather morose (3).” Later on we learn of Lockwood’s previous love for a woman but it seemed like he was too scared to pursue. He said he “had gained a reputation of deliberate heartlessness (4).” I thought it was rather humorous when he was talking about his encounter with the dogs. It reminds me of reading someone’s journal. A lady in the kitchen says that they aren’t used to others because “Guests are so exceedingly rare in this house… (5).” That made me wonder why Lockwood was there. I would think that if Lockwood was a tenant he would have more, but maybe not. Lockwood talks with Heathcliff for awhile and decided to come back the next day.
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Trent during the Fall '08 term at University of Tennessee.

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