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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Wuthering Heights's historical and literary context for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- An overview of the novel's plot and characters
- The book's setting, summary and themes
- Author Emily Bronte's biography and relation to her sister Charlotte Bronte
- The inspirations behind Wuthering Heights
- Wuthering Heights's genre and cultural context
- The novel's distinction as a classic novel
- The meaning behind the novel's title
- A comparison of Wuthering Heights to Jane Eyre and Frankenstein
1. Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis
'Wuthering Heights' is Emily Bronte's only published novel, but if you're only going to publish one novel in your lifetime, this is a good one. Follow along as this lesson introduces you to the plot, characters and other aspects of this novel.
2. Wuthering Heights: Summary, Setting & Themes
From wild and blustering moors to haunted houses to a blistering love that outlasts death, Emily Bronte's novel, 'Wuthering Heights,' has it all. In this lesson, we'll go over the plot points, setting, major characters and themes.
3. Emily Bronte: Poetry & Books
Emily Bronte, one of the famous Bronte sisters, only lived to be 30 years of age, but in her short life she composed several poems. In this lesson, we will learn more about this private and accomplished young woman and her writings.
4. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors
Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
5. Inspirations for Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë's ''Wuthering Heights'' is an original and groundbreaking novel in many ways, but it was influenced by the culture around Brontë. This includes the real locations that influenced the novel's setting, the tradition of the Gothic novel, and the Byronic hero.
6. Wuthering Heights Cultural Context
Emily Bronte's novel 'Wuthering Heights' shocked readers when it was published in 1847. The novel rebelled against Victorian rules of decorum with its shocking plot and passionate characters, although it also fits into the tradition of 19th-century novels.
7. Genre of Wuthering Heights
In this lesson, we will consider Emily Brontë's 1847 novel, 'Wuthering Heights', as it relates to the concept of genre. You will also learn about the different genres that some consider this novel to exemplify.
8. What Makes Wuthering Heights a Classic?
In this lesson, we will interrogate the reasons that Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights' is a classic by examining the novel's genre, its formal structure, and its themes. Then you'll take a quiz to test your knowledge.
9. Wuthering Heights: Meaning of the Title
Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights' is named after the lonely, spooky house on top of a hill where most of the novel's action takes place. But the title -- and the house -- have a little deeper meaning than that.
10. Comparing Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights
The Bronte sisters are one of the most accomplished literary families of all time and their two masterpieces, Charlotte's ''Jane Eyre'' and Emily's ''Wuthering Heights,'' share many traits that reflect their upbringing and shared interests but also show the sisters' different styles.
11. Frankenstein & Wuthering Heights Comparison
Emily Bronte's ''Wuthering Heights'' and Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein'' are two of the greatest examples of 19th century Gothic fiction. Both include Gothic elements such as the supernatural and taboo subject matter, as well as versions of the Byronic hero, but they handle them differently. In this lesson, we will explore the similarities and differences in these two classics
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