Wuthering Heights Essay | Structure and Narrative Technique in "Wurthering Heights" and "Return of the Native"

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Structure and Narrative Technique in "Wurthering Heights" and "Return of the Native"

Summary: "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte and "Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy are two Victorian novels that use unconventional means to create traditional tragedies.
Thomas Hardy employs an `omniscient' narrator in his rural novel `Return of the Native', as he attempts to mimic classical tragedy by uniting the essential elements of time, place and action. The fact that the novel was originally intended to be of a five book structure, with monthly instalments, ending with a final, devastating climax, coupled with the numerous classical references to "Hades." "Hercules" and "Prometheus", shows even further Hardy's desire to create an immensely tragic novel, void of a desire to please societies middle-class novel reading public. Although it was to be this novel which eventually underwent serious revision, `Wuthering Heights' would have ultimately appeared as more baffling to Victorian readership. Here most of the action has passed before the novel begins, which causes a string of narrators to be used for various effect. We are rarely...

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