Ch 1: Wuthering Heights Literary & Historical Context

About This Chapter

The ''Wuthering Heights'' Literary & Historical Context chapter of this ''Wuthering Heights'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the historical and literary context of Emily Bronte's novel. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand context of ''Wuthering Heights''.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help analyzing or understanding the historical context of Wuthering Heights will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to review the novel's author, inspiration, genre, meaning and cultural context. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the context surrounding Wuthering Heights
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Wuthering Heights Literary & Historical Context chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

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

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Wuthering Heights Literary & Historical Context
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Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

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.

Wuthering Heights: Summary, Setting & Themes

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.

Emily Bronte: Poetry & Books

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.

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

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.

Inspirations for 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.

Wuthering Heights Cultural Context

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.

Genre of Wuthering Heights

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.

What Makes Wuthering Heights a Classic?

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.

Wuthering Heights: Meaning of the Title

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.

Comparing Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights

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.

Frankenstein & Wuthering Heights Comparison

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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