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Ella Ban
Ms. Gardner
Honors English 10, Period 4
29 October 2014
An Analysis of Emily Bront

Bront, Charlotte. "1850's Preface." Preface. Wuthering Heights. London: Puffin, 1994. 37+. Print.

Regardless of her personal ties to the author, Charlotte Bront evaluates Wuthering Heights fairly in
terms of its faults and how it may appear to casual reader. She briefly summarizes the key themes of
the book and relates them back to the authors own life in a carefully impartial tone.

Bront keeps the review professional, referencing her relationship to Emily Bront only once. She
assumes the role of the neutral bystander: she predicts the reaction that many mild-mannered men
and women would have to the tempestuous and homely novel, but refrains from slandering anything
in it directly. Notably, the text emphasizes the strange and rugged aspects of the volume in direct
relation to the authors own tendencies, while subtling instilling a sense of respect for them both.
Bront marvels at Wuthering Heights prevailing perdition and raises intelligent questions about the
rectitude of creating tormented characters such as Heathcliff or Catherine Earnshaw, but her
inquiries are accentuated with reverence for her sisters talent.

Bront, Emily, and David Daiches. "Introduction." Introduction. Wuthering Heights. Harmondsworth,
Eng.: Penguin, 1985. 7-29. Print.

Daiches introduction to Wuthering Heights provides meaningful insight into the nature of Emily
Brontes work. He weaves a summary of the novel with a brilliant examination of it from a

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psychological standpoint, meticulously analyzing characters motives, clarifying complex
symbolism, and drawing connections between occurrences in the text with events in Bronts own

Daiches makes no assumption of his superior understanding of the novel; on several occasions, he
cites other essays to support his theories or to address opposing interpretations on certain topics. His
point is to provide an insightful, well-rounded examination of the convoluted tale that is Wuthering
Heights for the benefit of the reader. Significantly, he does not disclose any important events that
occur within the novel, choosing examples that support his claims without ruining the experience of
the novel altogether.

"Emily Bront." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, 2014. Web. 15 Nov. 2014.

This article approaches the Emily Bront from a unique perspective. It not only acknowledges her
fame as an author, but takes a broader approach and analyzes how both storytelling and poetry were
pillars in her lonely and often desolate life.

At times the article employed theatric diction to depict Bront as a heroine in her own day and a
victim to happenstance. The article renders the novel a concentration of the mood, tone and style of
Bronts own life. It elucidates her relationship with literature throughout her life and laments the
passing of such a gifted young author before her work was published; emphasizes how the positive
bond of the Bront sisters fortified their creativity in the face of abandonment; and draws specific
connections between her own nature and the nature of her upbringing with themes and instances that
appear in Wuthering Heights.

Means, Richard. "Emily Bront." Student Research Center. EBSCOhost, 2006. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

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Means provides a thorough account of the life of Emily Bront, focusing specifically on turning points
in her life and in her endeavours as a writer. He makes no speculations as to the relationship between
her writing and her life, but maintains a neutral perspective in his recounting.

While Means description is insightful and informative, his article lacks smooth transitions between the
events in Bronts life and her various developments with writing. This creates a rather disjointed
image of the importance of writing in her life, which seems to be an injustice to the memory of such a
prolific author. However, Means compromises with consistent references to Bronts mentality
throughout her lifetime, and delivers clear explanations as to how certain factors influenced that.

Psych Central Staff. "Histrionic Personality Disorder Symptoms." Psych N.p., 2013. Web.
15 Nov. 2014.

This article, written by the staff of Psych Central, professionally recounts a step-by-step process of
understanding Histrionic Personality Disorder, clarifying the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this
disease. Notably, it provides examples of appropriate techniques for the reader to use if he or she is caring
for someone who struggles with the condition.

The authors organize this information in a manner that allows it to be either quickly scanned or
thoroughly read. The article adopts and educational tone and uses specific diction to explain the
tendencies which are associated with this disease and which so often are dismissed as the individuals
own annoying and dramatic personality. Despite its attempt to dispel the stigmatism, the article itself
takes on a condescending tone when it suggests methods that the reader can use to aid an individual
struggling with these inclinations, but its points are valid regardless. This information can be applied in

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a literary fashion as well: Catherine Earnshaws excessive emotionality and manipulative behavior
take take on a new meaning when one considers the adolescent roots from which they may have

Szalavitz, Maia, and Maia Szalavitz. "How Child Abuse Primes the Brain for Future Mental Illness."
Time. Time, 15 Feb. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

Szalavitz attacks a difficult topic with clarity and strength. The article takes a medical approach toward
understanding the long-term effects of child abuse, outlining causes, symptoms and treatments for this

Szalavitz wastes no time in getting straight to her point: that changes associated with child abuse can raise
an individuals risk of mental illness in the future. With frank, direct diction she identifies sources of
physical and emotional stress that can lead to further issues later in life, and references medical research
and stark statistics that give credibility to her claims. The most commanding aspect of Szalavitzs article
are the vivid examples of what its like to be an abused child, and how those factors may later influence
more behavioral issues. Any fan of literature can see that these factors resonate deeply with Heathcliffs
aggressive and hostile disposition, which takes on new meaning when one considers the early influences
in his life.

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