Comparison of Wuthering Heights Book and Film

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The gothic and often disturbing Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte’s classic novel that contains undeniably powerful writing that created her timeless love story. Andrea Arnold transformed her masterpiece into a cinematic rendition to recreate the wild and passionate story of the deep and destructive love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Emily Bronte’s novel captures and portrays the essence of damaging passion through illustrative writing to ultimately exemplify details of her character's inner feelings and reality. The 2010 interpretation is embellished in artistic camera angles as its focuses on the novels connection to nature. Although both mediums are an expression of Bronte’s imagination, Arnold individually articulates her version creatively and expressively. However both narratives manipulate diverse devices to produce a haunting result. The film adaptation and the book exploit the devices that the other cant as they offer audiences with unique approaches of the same events. Emily Bronte’s portrayal of Heathcliff presents him to readers “as dark almost as if it came from the devil’ and a ‘dirty, ragged, black-haired child.” (Emily Bronte) Although her suggestive description indicates Heathcliff is black, the author’s lack of a definitive depiction evokes ambiguity. Bronte purposefully intrigues readers with her absence of certainty by selecting specific language and creating a semantic field of the colour black. Bronte resurfaces the reader’s assumptions
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