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Barriers in Emily Brontes “Wuthering Heights”
1999 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In this essay I have dealt with the different barriers that one comes across when reading the novel Wuthering Heights. I started out by discussing the different natural barriers and then I went on to the mental barriers. I also analyse the personal/mental barrier that keeps Cathy and Heathcliff apart from each other. One cannot say conclusively whether barriers in Wuthering Heights are positive or negative. As I see it, barriers are used in the book to indicate the importance of the theme of freedom and control. The first natural barrier that becomes evident is when Lockwood must force himself into the Heights, through a gate and a door. In fact, all the characters of the novel are forced to break barriers like gates and windows in order to get what they want, either personal freedom or escape from enprisonment. Here one finds out the true power of the characters like Cathy and Heathcliff. As I see it they are the only ones that have the true power of controlling barriers, while people like Nelly and Mr Earnshaw fails to do so. The fact that they are raised as brother and sister, however, stops them from breaking the barrier that always will come between them. They will never be able to get married because of social and mental barriers. This, however, does not stop them from loving each other secretly throughout their lives. Heathcliff shows his power when he at the end gets his last wish of being buried next to Cathy. He has earlier bribed the sexton to remove the panels from her coffin. They can, therefore, be reunited, at least once, after death.

Abstract [en]

In this essay I have dealt with the different barriers that one comes across when reading the novel Wuthering Heights. I started out by discussing the different natural barriers and then I went on to the mental barriers. I also analyse the personal/mental barrier that keeps Cathy and Heathcliff apart from each other. One cannot say conclusively whether barriers in Wuthering Heights are positive or negative. As I see it, barriers are used in the book to indicate the importance of the theme of freedom and control. The first natural barrier that becomes evident is when Lockwood must force himself into the Heights, through a gate and a door. In fact, all the characters of the novel are forced to break barriers like gates and windows in order to get what they want, either personal freedom or escape from enprisonment. Here one finds out the true power of the characters like Cathy and Heathcliff. As I see it they are the only ones that have the true power of controlling barriers, while people like Nelly and Mr Earnshaw fails to do so. The fact that they are raised as brother and sister, however, stops them from breaking the barrier that always will come between them. They will never be able to get married because of social and mental barriers. This, however, does not stop them from loving each other secretly throughout their lives. Heathcliff shows his power when he at the end gets his last wish of being buried next to Cathy. He has earlier bribed the sexton to remove the panels from her coffin. They can, therefore, be reunited, at least once, after death.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. , 23 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53950Local ID: ENG D-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53950DiVA: diva2:1102510
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English
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