Figurative Language in Wuthering Heights

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In ''Wuthering Heights'' by Emily Bronte, several types of figurative language are used to engage readers in this story of the self-destructive desire for revenge. In this lesson, we review examples of alliteration, hyperbole, metaphor, onomatopoeia, paradox, and simile from the novel.

Developing Descriptions

Why do writers use expressions in lieu of literal word meanings? Writers sometimes incorporate figurative language--the use of words and expressions in ways that are not typical--to provide a more vivid description of people, places, things, and events in a story. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is filled with different types of figurative language, including alliteration, hyperbole, metaphor, onomatopoeia, paradox, and simile. Let's look at some examples of figurative language from the story.

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