Tute Kit Week 7: Wuthering Heights
Kirily Elliott 30058639
1. Who or what does Heathcliff represent in the novel? Is he a force of evil or a victim of it? Does class play an important role in the overall story and more precisely, in the life and treatment of Heathcliff?
2. How (if in any way) do Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean influence the story as narrators? Do you think they are completely reliable and/or objective observers?
3. Do you think the novel is a tale of redemption, despair, revenge or a combination of all three? Does the novel relay any specific meaning or moral message to you? Do you think the novel's moral content dictates one choice over the other or is it a case of Bronte not wanting to project her own views onto the characters?
Questions were loosely sourced from this site:
Bloom, Harold. British Women Fiction Writers: Of The 19th Century. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 1998.
Orme, David. Writers in Britain: The Brontes. London: Evans Brothers Limited, 1999.
Pollard, Arthur. The Landscape of The Brontes. London: Webb & Bower Limited, 1988.
Sonstroem, David. 1971. Wuthering Heights and The Limits of Vision. PMLA, 86(1), pp. 51-62
Woodring, Carl. 1957. The Narrators of Wuthering Heights. Nineteenth-Century Fiction, 11(4), pp298-305
The answer to the question “who or what does Heathcliff represent?” could be any number of things however he does appear to take on the role of the male protagonist, he could also be representative of the class divisions that were present during that time. Heathcliff enters into the Earnshaw household as an outsider, he has no known parents or background which automatically earns him a lower status within the household than the other family members. This is exceedingly apparent after the death of Catherine and Hindley’s father when Heathcliff is forced to behave in a manner more befitting a servant than a family...