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Significance of nature imagery style in the Novel “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte

Imagery is one of the styles usually employed in literary compositions. It is a descriptive appeal to the senses of human being. Imagery is manifested when a writer tries to describe something that greatly appeals to the senses of smell, sight, taste, hearing, and touch, such as using imagery. The use of imagery is useful in passing communication and instilling the meaning of words into the mind. In other words, they assist in the process of understanding the message in the text. This paper examines the significance of nature imagery style in a novel titled “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte is a novel.

Wuthering Heights is a novel immensely full of nature and imagery. The novel is generally wild in the sense that it illustrates the wild nature. To the barren landscape from the moor, Bronte creates an image that depicts a dreary and deserted setting. He also employs the element of nature in the conveyance of characteristics of characters and the reflection of personalities. The title of the novel depicts nature. The word Wuthering is a Yorkshire word means roaring of the wind. The novel gives nature a prime significance both as a tangible realm and as a provider of images and symbols. In physical terms, nature is perceived as the moors surrounding wuthering heights and Thrushcross Grange. Moors means different thing to different people, especially in snow times. To Lockwood, it appears like “one billowy white, ocean”.

The novel gives prime importance to the symbols, nature, and imagery. There is a physical manifestation of nature in the heath and moors surrounding the two houses. “Who knows but your father was Emperor of China, and your mother an Indian queen, each of them able to buy up, with one week’s income, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange together?”. These two houses are a manifestation of nature. The characters in the novel are allied to the natural world in certain ways that are either positive or negative. The passion of the main protagonists embodies the wilderness of the moorland. It is seen as “a presentation of elemental energies displayed in their pure activity and not as subject to moral evaluation”.

Nature is also used in creating the mental image of love, and this is seen in the illustration of the love between Catherine Linton and Heathcliff. Heathcliff says that “My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees”. Live changes and to put the information across, the writer uses the image of foliage changed by the winter season. In Clinton’s funeral, flowers are used to express the love for the departed in a way that words cannot express. “Mrs. Linton’s funeral was appointed to take place on the Friday following her decease; and till then her coffin remained uncovered, and strewn with flowers and scented leaves, in the great drawing-room”. The passage is the expression of the use of flowers in Linton’s funeral as a sign that indicates love in the kind of the reader of the novel.

In conclusion, nature and imagery tool is essential in literary composition. It is useful in making sense of things that people cannot naturally grasp. Wuthering Heights uses natural imagery in many instances to communicate with readers in a way that is clear and understandable. The style helps the reader to use all senses in understanding the novel. The images create mental pictures out of the description of nature to pass information and to make the plot of the story understandable and interesting. The novel is, therefore, one of the best demonstrations of nature and imagery as used in the literary composition.


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