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Loss in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Hegihts
2001 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights is a very complex novel consisting of a number of themes. It has received mixed reviews from the beginning, being both favourable and unfavourable. Both the plot and the characters have received a great deal of attention over the years. A multitude of books and essays have been written and even films have been made. In this essay I will examine the theme of loss in Wuthering Heigths. I will explore what happens to a human being when he or she loses a loved one or feels deprived of the love of a loved one. I will refer to and distinguish between loss by death, separation and deprivation. I will examine how the person reacts to the loss and what effects these reactions have on personality and future life. These feelings of loss by deprivation sets off a whole chain of events that will, as I will show, change the lives of a whole generation of people living at Wuthering Heights and Trushcross Grange. My aim is to show that one young person’s (Hindley’s) feeling of being deprived of his father’s love changes and affects him and others severely. I have chosen to look closely at four different characters: Catherine, Edgar, Hindley and Heathcliff. By Catherine I refer to the first Catherine. I will treat them and their different losses separately. My aim is to show that the personalities and lives of the characters are strongly affected by their losses. They are not only affected by their own losses but also to a large extent by the losses of others. I will also show that loss in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, whether its loss by death, separation or deprivation, leads to solitude, despair, violence and finally death in all four cases.

Abstract [en]

Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights is a very complex novel consisting of a number of themes. It has received mixed reviews from the beginning, being both favourable and unfavourable. Both the plot and the characters have received a great deal of attention over the years. A multitude of books and essays have been written and even films have been made. In this essay I will examine the theme of loss in Wuthering Heigths. I will explore what happens to a human being when he or she loses a loved one or feels deprived of the love of a loved one. I will refer to and distinguish between loss by death, separation and deprivation. I will examine how the person reacts to the loss and what effects these reactions have on personality and future life. These feelings of loss by deprivation sets off a whole chain of events that will, as I will show, change the lives of a whole generation of people living at Wuthering Heights and Trushcross Grange. My aim is to show that one young person’s (Hindley’s) feeling of being deprived of his father’s love changes and affects him and others severely. I have chosen to look closely at four different characters: Catherine, Edgar, Hindley and Heathcliff. By Catherine I refer to the first Catherine. I will treat them and their different losses separately. My aim is to show that the personalities and lives of the characters are strongly affected by their losses. They are not only affected by their own losses but also to a large extent by the losses of others. I will also show that loss in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, whether its loss by death, separation or deprivation, leads to solitude, despair, violence and finally death in all four cases.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. , 23 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53645Local ID: ENG C-11OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53645DiVA: diva2:1102205
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English
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