Weekly Reading Response- Wuthering Heights reread

An emotionally driven story of interacting characters

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an emotionally driven story of interacting characters and dynamics of relationships, we could be told drastically different versions of this story based on the point of view. These insightful perspectives would allow for some more complex characters’ feelings or actions to be better understood- such as Heathcliff, whose view is never explicitly provided and part of reason why he is one of the most confusing and mysterious characters. So why does Bronte choose to narrate the story through these specific narrative shifts? The third person limited narration is inherently not omniscient, as any omniscient-like characteristic reported is, in this story, only speculation on the part of the narrator, and cannot be accepted as fact. Even instances of first-person narration through Catherine's diary that provides omniscience of this character that must be accepted as true still is just as speculative and biased, and cannot be taken as fact. There is never complete omniscience in this story, and Bronte masterfully uses narrative point of view as a structural mechanism to manipulate how the story view is being unraveled. The use of this mechanism of leaving much mystery to the characters thoughts and actions structurally serves to reflect and reinforce the theme of the complex, mysterious nature of Wuthering Heights and its inhabitants that is to be conveyed to the audience along with elements like the setting and plotline.
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  • Fall '12
  • DeborahBurnham
  • Wuthering Heights, narrator, Heathcliff, Mrs. Heathcliff

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