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Wuthering Heights Metaphors

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Like the beginnings of most novels, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, starts it’s winding, dark tale with a time filled to the brim with the joyous adventures of childhood. Our main characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, begin their story as wild kids exploring the wilder moors of Yorkshire in the late 1700s, and as they reach adolescence, their growing feelings for each other are torn apart by misfortune and cruelty. As time passes and they begin to see the world for how it truly is, they are forced to address the afflictions within them and around them. In a disturbing tale twisted by loss, heartbreak, and devastation, Catherine and Heathcliff must face the harsh reality that they have created for themselves in their strife of greed and…show more content…
In the beginning of the book, it starts out as midsummer. This is a subtle introduction into how the story will from warm, sunny days into a world of decay. In fact, this is when Heathcliff is introduced into Catherine’s family. His appearance marks the summer’s change into autumn, which serves as a metaphor for how he ultimately sends the Earnshaws into a world of despair. For example, when Heathcliff’s introduction is being built up to, it is described as, “One fine summer morning-it was the beginning of harvest…” (36). This shows how the seasons are changing and heading towards the darkness of winter, which can be interpreted as foreshadowing for the dark path that Cathy and Heathcliff descend upon. In addition, when he actually arrives at the Earnshaw’s house, the day has turned into night; just before he is introduced, the author states, “Then it grew dark…they begged sadly to be allowed to stay up” (36). This statement implies that Heathcliff’s arrival will bring darkness into their lives. After winter comes, Cathy is sent to live at Thrushcross Grange to better her behavior, and when she returns home after five weeks, she breaks into a fight with Heathcliff, shedding more shadows onto the family. As the story progresses, the seasons move into summer and fall, but spring is not described in the first part of the book.Finally, after 154 pages, spring is
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