"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte.

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Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte was born in 1818. In 1847 she published her only novel, Wuthering Heights. A story of hatred, love and revenge. She was born in Yorkshire in an area called Thornton. In 1812 Emilys dad (reverend Patric Bronte), married Maria Branwell.

Emily died in 1948 from tuberculosis after catching a cold at her brothers funeral in September.

My essay is going to be about the comparisons between the two main characters of the novel, Heathcliff and Edgar. I will also study how Emily Bronte builds up tension between certain characters and how they react to this.

Throughout the book Heathcliff is clearly the typical male character of the novel. Edgar Linton however is clearly the complete opposite of this. When describing Edgar descriptions like: 'his young and fair features', apply, and actions like: 'he had a sweet low manner of speaking'. This builds up a picture of a really feeble sort of coward in the readers mind.

In Heathcliffs case he is described as the more: 'manly' character. Phrases like: 'Tall man', and: 'Dark hair and clothes' are used to describe him. This builds up a picture in the readers mind of a sort of shady hero.

Right from the beginning of the book Heathcliffs fondness of Catherine is apparent. Phrases like Heathcliff 'lying on the floor with his head in her lap'. This clearly shows that there is a very strong bond between the two from a very young age.

Heathcliff and Catherine often got into trouble for being mischievious. The part of the novel, where Heathcliff is recollecting to Nelly, his and Catherines journey to the Grange he describes the dog that bit Catherines leg as: 'the devil'. He uses this metaphor because he very much loves Catherine and since the dog caused her...