The Connection To Nature In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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“The wild rose-brier is sweet in spring,/ Its summer blossoms scent in the air;/ Yet wait till winter comes again,/ And who will call the wild-brier fair!”(Love and Friendship). From the age of sixteen, Emily Bronte used writing and poetry to express her feelings, feelings that were often tied to her love of nature. Socially awkward and lonely, Emily Bronte personally sought out nature as a source of comfort and belonging. As a result, her book Wuthering Heights reflects her interest and connection to nature as the characters and events are often linked and defined by the natural conditions surrounding them. Emily Bronte struggled in life from an early age. Born July 30, 1818 to Maria Bradwell and Patrick Bronte, Emily was the second youngest child in her family, before her sister Anne. In 1820, Bronte’s mother passed away, leaving her aunt to take over a maternal role. At the age of six, Emily Bronte, as well as her other sisters, were sent to attend Clergy Daughters School at Cowan Bridge. Her two eldest sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died of tuberculosis shortly after starting school. These tragic…show more content…
The book begins in the winter, which can foreshadow the upcoming dreary events that will take place. During his first night at Wuthering Heights, Lockwood has a nightmare which consists of the late Catherine Linton grabbing Lockwood’s hand to let her in. Catherine is reaching for something inside the Heights and is doing so through a guest. Catherine’s death scene is another event where nature is most apparent. When she died, it was pouring rain and a description of Heathcliff standing in it allowing himself to get soaked, “He was there - at least a few yards further in the park; leant against an old ash tree, his hat off, and his hair soaked with the dew that had gathered on the budding branches, and fell pattering round him” (Bronte

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