Wuthering Heights context

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  • Emily Bronte/ Wuthering Heights CONTEXT
    • Constantly faced with prospect of death/mortality; graveyard outside house
      • Mother died when Emily was a young girl
      • Emily 'willed' her death shortly after Branwell's
    • She was weak and lived vicariously through her characters
      • Who represents Bronte in her novel?
        • Nelly Dean ---- she is a passive 'gossip' - not in with the action or committing the actions but instead reporting on it and speculating
        • Cathy -- Self-inflicted decline into death/insanity.Cathy is liminal; Bronte's liminal?
    • Branwell - Hindley
      • Emily 'willed' her death shortly after Branwell's
    • Cathy - Charlotte?
      • Regarding Branwell: 'Reason with him and when he won't listen to reason, whip him.'
    • Unable to function outside of her home; numerous attempts to teach which resulted in her returning to the moors due to home sickness
    • Radical open end not expected from Victoria literature
    • Thrushcross Grange = Victorian Ideal whereas Wuthering Heights is the representation of freedom (an anarchist reflection)
    • Religious inflections in her childhood/life
      • Graveyard = constant reminder of heaven and hell - death
    • Who represents Bronte in her novel?
      • Nelly Dean ---- she is a passive 'gossip' - not in with the action or committing the actions but instead reporting on it and speculating
      • Cathy -- Self-inflicted decline into death/insanity.Cathy is liminal; Bronte's liminal?

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