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Discuss the various techniques in Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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You might want to consider the classic Gothic technique of narration. We have framing narratives and multiple layers of narrative. At some points, we have Lockwood telling us what was told to him by Nelly Dean what was told to her by another character. Such levels of narration create deep uncertainty and force us to ask hard questions about the narrative's reliability.

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Bronte uses parallelism to a great degree in the novel.  Think of things that come in pairs that play off of one another.  There is Cathy and her daughter Cathy.  There are two viable men in love with Catherine, Heathcliff and Edgar, but they couldn't be more different in nature.  There are two relationships for Heathcliff: the unrequited love of Catherine and the marriage of revenge with Isabella. There is the "adoption" of Heathcliff by the Earnshaw's and the "adoption" of Hareton by Heathcliff.  This list could go on -- it is interesting to ask yourself how these parallels enhance the novel as a whole.

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Wuthering Heightsis a great example of a Gothic novel.  The author uses Gothic elements such as weather, dark atmosphere, supernatural allusions and melodrama.  The dark and stormy night motif is still popular and still effective today, and fans of Twilight owe much to the Bronte sisters!

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Perhaps because fantasy was a relief from the bleakness of life and the rigors of religion for the Bronte children, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights became a mystic novel of preternatural imagery and characterization  brought together in a spiritual triangle which formsthe completion of the conflicts among the members of both the Earnshaw and Heathcliff families. Along with this completion of conflicts is the...

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