AD's English Literature : Important Questions from Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"

Monday, September 3, 2012

Important Questions from Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"



Q:     The story of Wuthering heights is told from the view point of two people .Who are they? What is theirs relationship to the protagonists?
                                                          Or
          Who is the narrator of the story Wuthering Heights'?

Ans: The story of Wuthering Heights has two narrator .Firstly, it is Lockwood and secondly Nelly dean .An ordinary kind of man affecting fashionable manners and a dandy Lockwood narrates the story in flashback in a language full of artificiality and conventional clichés .With Lockwood as narrator the reader experiences a kind of trepidation as one would if one was accompanying a trespasser .There is the danger of his seeing things the way he wants to rather than the way they really are .The author provides another narrator in the form of Nelly Dean . Now Lockwood becomes the audience and Nelly the story -teller. Nelly is an insider and her unraveling of the secrets of Wuthering Height may be taken as the unburdening of the heavy weight of terrible memory and not as prying into privacy.

Q:   "She here, wife! I was never so between with away thing in my life: but you must e'en take it as a gift of God, through its as dark almost as if it came from the devil."--
         Who says this in what circumstance? What is the gift of God? How did the family react?

Ans: One late summer evening on his return of Liverpool, this is the manner in which Mr. Earnshaw Heathcliff, a little boy, he had found in the streets of the industrial city, to his family at Wuthering Heights .The gift that Mr. Crenshaw gets, does not impress the family .Mrs.Earnshaw was ready to fling it out of doors, but Mr.Earnshaw's explanation that he had seen the little boy starving and houseless, and as good as dumb, probably strikes a chord of sympathy and Heathcliff is washed to given clean thing's to wear and allowed to sleep with the children .Mr. Earnshaw's introduction equivocates both God and the devil simultaneously. To the good Christian which Mr.Earnshaw surely wants to be, any living creature is divine in origin, but the circumstances and the condition in which he finds Heathcliff, something that completely beats him, makes him associate Heathcliff with the devil.

Q:  How is Heathcliff judged by other characters in the novel? Mention a few of the quoted phrases.

Ans:   In the novel, Heathcliff is described in Variety of way by the other character. Mostly they are derogatory. They are 'the evil beast', 'the unclaimed creature', 'uncivilized', 'without refinement', 'an arid wilderness of furze and whinstone', 'naughty swearing boy', sullen, patient child harden to ill treatment', 'Judas', 'traitor', 'deliberate deceiver', 'black villain', 'monster', 'ungrateful brute', 'low ruffian', 'black guard’ and 'fiend' etc . If an analysis of these descripted terms is made, we will recognize that most of them are to do with Heathcliff being uncivilized and socially unaccepted. There are moral sensors too, that emerge from Christian beliefs. 

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