Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in Wuthering Heights

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

This piece of furniture is the symbolic center of Wuthering Heights – both the novel and the house – and provides the setting for two of the novel's most dramatic events. Residing in Ca...

Setting

Set in the harsh and isolated Yorkshire moors in Northern England, Wuthering Heights practically makes a character out of its geography. Gimmerton is the nearest town and provides the location for...

Narrator Point of View

Wuthering Heights has two main narrators: Lockwood and Ellen "Nelly" Dean. The primary narrator is Lockwood, who begins and ends the narrative and is recording the story that he hears from Nelly. N...

Genre

Gothic FictionWuthering Heights has just about all the elements of a Gothic novel, but the characters are a lot more complex than your average Gothic protagonists and antagonists. Heathcliff's moti...

Tone

You know how Charlie Brown's Snoopy, sitting atop his dog house with a typewriter, always starts his stories "It was a dark and stormy night"? Well, he may as well be Emily Brontë, because tha...

Writing Style

Before she wrote Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë composed quite a bit of poetry, and the urge to write in a lyrical manner really shows in her prose style. Her poems are full of flowers, mount...

What's Up With the Title?

Wuthering Heights is a house, and with this novel, Emily Brontë takes the whole Gothic haunted house thing several steps further than her predecessors. While the book has all of the Gothic ele...

What's Up With the Ending?

The book is a real page-turner, making you really want to know how it ends. Death? Marriage? Both. With Catherine dying halfway through the novel, finding out what happens to Heathcliff becomes all...

Tough-o-Meter

With her violently romantic plot line and passionate characters, Emily Brontë has no problem drawing the reader into the book. And once you get through the first two chapters, you are definite...

Plot Analysis

Lockwood meets Heathcliff at Wuthering Heights and, forced to spend the night, describes mysterious happenings in the house.Lockwood arrives at Wuthering Heights to become a tenant at Thrushcross G...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Rags to Riches

Though he has a house, a roof over his head, Heathcliff has no sense of home.Wuthering Heights is a variation on the Rags to Riches plotline. Heathcliff is (supposedly) an orphan who is brought int...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Lockwood arrives and Nelly Dean begins to tell the story of the Earnshaws and the Lintons. Flashing back, Mr. Earnshaw brings Heathcliff into the family. Everyone treats him terribly, but then Heat...

Trivia

Some people just can't get enough Brontë, in which case they become members of the Brontë Society, one of the most important literary societies in the English-speaking world. Formed in 18...

Steaminess Rating

There isn't any sex in this novel, and only steamy parts are the love scenes between Catherine and Heathcliff, and even those tend to be a little maudlin. The reason this novel gets an R is that th...

Allusions

William Shakespeare, King Lear (3.104)The Slough of Despond: a bog in John Bunyan's allegorical story Pilgrim's Progress. The protagonist, Christian, sinks into the Slough of Despond, weighed down...
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