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Wuthering Heights

Wherefore art thou, Heathcliff?

When Emily Brontë set pen to paper to write Wuthering Heights, she probably had no idea that she was about to change the face of romance forever. Heathcliff was the hot shot heard 'round the world, and almost two centuries later, even Bella Swan is reading about him.

In this detailed fifteen-lesson course, you'll get the ins and outs of this 19th-century novel, including

  • dozens of readings about vampires, ghosts, and necrophilia…oh my!
  • unique Common Core-aligned activities about obsessive love and brooding men. Leave the rainbows and butterflies at the door, folks.
  • a crash course in Gothic fiction and Romanticism.
  • a brief side trip to visit everyone's favorite Gothic dude, Edgar Allan Poe.

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. Wuthering Heights

Edward and Bella, meet Heathcliff and Catherine. This 15-lesson course will introduce you to the original brooding hero and give you bragging rights over all your friends who think that the whole vampire thing started with Buffy. Suckas.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 1: Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

Take a little bit of Twilight, a dash of Gone with the Wind, and a smattering of Othello, and what do you get? A gothic, vampire-laden, tumultuous romance, set against the backdrop of jealousy and revenge.

In other words, Wuthering Heights.

But before you get sucked into the stormy drama of Wuthering Heights (and, trust us, you will), we want to mention a few important details.

  1. Emily Brontë is kind of an enigma, so we won't spend a ton of time thinking about how her life, interests, and beliefs may (or may not) have affected her writing. Because really, it's mostly conjecture. Not even the experts know. Instead, we'll focus our time on the Gothic and Romantic side of things.
      
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  3. Unless 19th-century novels are your thing, you're probably going to find Brontë's style of writing to be tricky. But once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze. Read carefully, and if you need to, listen to an audio version online—sometimes all it takes is learning to observe the punctuation.
      
  4. Wuthering Heights uses of a frame story or frame tale. That means there's an overarching narrative that contains another narrative. Keep your eye out for it.

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  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, College
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • English
    • Literature
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Common Core Standards  

The following standards are covered in this course:

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