The Old Guitarist and Wuthering Heights

Two works I thoroughly enjoyed working with during English class were the painting “The Old Guitarist”, painted by Pablo Picasso in 1903, and the movie “Wuthering Heights”, directed by Coky Giedroyc. The novel it is based on was originally written by Emily Brontë in 1847. These are both great pieces and stay relevant to this day.

The creation’s biggest differences are fairly obvious; one is a painting and one is a movie. Especially since The Old Guitarist is a modernist painting, while Wuthering Heights is a partially victorian and partially romantic movie, because of the time the novel was written. What they have in common though is that they both hold a lot of sadness and loss for hope. The Old Guitarist sits in the streets with his head down, with a very scarcely built body, only have a few rags left to cover his body with, holding onto his only valuable thing; his guitar. This hopelessness reminds me of Heathcliff at the beginning of the movie, where he is often undeservingly beaten and having to live alongside the horses in the stable.

But the big difference is that they hold two types of hopelessness. The man in the painting has no hope for his life because he lives on the streets as a homeless dying man with no name. While Wuthering Heights is about doomed love and a loop of eternal sadness for both Catherine and Heathcliff. I like the painting and the movie a lot because of this pessimistic energy that surrounds them because I am a bit sick of happy endings. I want to see the bad sides of situations where others, such as media outlets, often only want to show the good sides. I am referring to the treatment Heathcliff experienced because of his orphan background where he “took” Hindley’s father’s love away from Hindley. I am also talking about the old guitarist who is living a life on the streets, which many before him also has lived, without getting any help. This melancholy side to their stories make them controversial and rips open a hypothetical “forbidden book” which most people do not want to open.

Wuthering Heights and The Old guitarist are both older pieces of art, yet parts of them continue to stay relevant in today’s society. Toxic relationships are still, and will probably always be something relevant with us humans. Catherine and Heathcliff’s relationship have toxic elements of treating each other badly but still not letting each other go. This is still very “normal” with people today where they lie, manipulate, act controlling, and cheat. As to The Old Guitarist people clearly also experience homelessness today. And it is also very typical of homeless people to earn money by playing instruments in the streets, even though it does not seem like the old guitarist has a cup to collect money in for this instance.

These works hold great honesty and relevancy to them, which keeps people interested because people can still today recognize themselves or other people in these works of art. They shine a well-lit light on important issues, so it is no wonder how they are still viewed, spoken of, and even taught about in school today.

Of Mice and Men Chapter 3

Continuing with Of Mice and Men, my thoughts may have developed a little bit more. I am enjoying the story more and more the further I get and chapter three was my favorite of the chapters so far.

So, the themes in this chapter that I notice are the lack of meaning with peoples lives, and the want for purpose and a dream becomes more relevant for the other characters around. We get to know that Candy for instance likes their idea of their dream farm, and the other men who waste money on whore houses and get trapped in their working life for that reason. My previous thoughts on the themes of chapter one was the theme of nature and the theme of George and Lennie being two men with nothing to lose but everything to gain. I believe the nature was more part of a nice introduction now rather than being that important for the rest of the book, but the other theme I had written about last week stands strong as ever. They did after all get one more man on the job for their dream in this chapter, so I think I called it on that one. It is quite lovely reading about them taking in Candy to work at their dream farm.

The mood in chapter three was rough, but with a few upsides to it. There was a lot of tension, grief from Candy’s dog but also more hope, as I mentioned for chapter one. The tension was mostly from the shooting of Candy’s dog and of Curly starting up yet another mess with Lennie involved. But the hope was for when Candy joined in on Lennie and Georges’ dream. That was a very wholesome part of the chapter which gives me, as a reader, hope for the ongoing chapters. The fight between Lennie and Curly though did not make their situation too hopeful… The mood was very up and down going to me, is what I am trying to say.

As I have already mentioned the hope behind Candy joining in on the farm dream they are having, I think that is our, what shall I say… Red thread? Is that alright to say in English class too? I think the hope, we as readers experience, from Candy helping their dreams come true are charging us from chapter three. Making us want to read more. That is how I experienced it at least. Because it gives me excitement for whether or not they will achieve it and what will go wrong or right along the way. I also start to wonder if they will get more people along the way to join in.

«I wisht somebody’d shoot me if I got old an’ a cripple.» (Slim)

I think what Slim is saying here is that he would not want to live a life where he feels useless. During the time Steinbeck wrote “of Mice and Men” the lifestyle, for men like Slim who had not found any place to properly belong, was to find work and work till you die or become unable to continue working. He looks at the dog and he says this, because he sees how empty the life of the dog might be, and he would not wish to live that kind of life. Also, during this time there was really not much to do to pass the time, so not working might look like a nightmare to men from that time.

«We’d jus’ live there. We’d belong there.» (George)

I think George says this because he has never really felt that he belongs somewhere. From the little he has said about his childhood, I can imagine that he did not have the most happy and regular one. Especially not after Lennie strung along. He also says “we” so he thinks Lennie feels exactly the same, and that is probably the most important part of his dream. To live that kind of relaxed, not to mention chosen, life with him as his best friend by his side. During the time they were alive in this story, belonging was probably most American people’s dreams. Seeing as every regular person in the USA at that time was likely poor, or not far from it.

«I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.» (Candy)

I understand what Candy means with this quote, because I myself have been a pet owner since birth basically and have always connected deeply with my own pets. What I gather from this quote is that he is trying to say that his dog was his best mate, and that if he were to be put out of his misery that Candy should have been the one to take that responsibility because he was basically this dogs only friend in this world. He probably grieved over the fact that his dog went out of this world without him having control over it and being there by his side when he took his last breath. I think this is less likely today than it was then to be the case, since most of us could never dream of killing their own pet even if it was for that pet’s own good.

I liked this chapter a lot as I have mentioned, and I am very interested to see how things will turn out with the mess Curly started against Lennie.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men is a novel written by John Steinbeck, published in 1937. In the first chapter we meet George and Lennie, and we acquire a view of what the setting of the novel is. This is quite interesting, but at the same time, to me, it could be even more interesting. That is, if it had a bit of a different introduction.

So, my first impressions of the introduction of the novel was that is was bland. I dislike overly descriptive writing. I am always looking for more quick and witty expressions in a book. That being said I really liked the book more the further I got into chapter one, when I met George and Lennie. In my opinion the introduction was not the most pleasing to me, personally, but I am willing to think of it as a smooth and necessary start of the book. Seeing as it paints a picture, as I have previously talked about in class, and it makes it easier to see it in your mind and feel like you are experiencing a special story.

When I met the characters at first it actually took me barely any time to distinguish who was who between them. Their differences in personalities, for instance when Lennie is petting his dead mouse, really showed who was “the boss”, I guess. To me it seemed as if Lennie was almost George’s pet in the ways that George tried to train him, like when he told Lennie to keep his mouth shut when they were going to the new farm to find work. And he told Lennie to repeat this line several times that he was not to say a word during their interview with the boss. The dominance had been claimed from the very start to say the least.

I noticed a theme in the focus of nature in the novel, as well as their hopes and dreams being shown in the little song-like saying they had between them. Steinbeck starts the book off, as I have mentioned, by describing the nature around in great detail. He already is showing us that the nature is an important part of the bigger picture. He also portrays Lennie and George as two men with nothing to lose, but everything to gain. And these are the themes that stands out the most to me during this first chapter.

The mood in this chapter I believe to be quite lighthearted and hopeful. Because when him and George walk around together in the beginning of the chapter, we know that they are headed somewhere new, looking for new opportunities. And even though they bicker and get angry at each other, at the end of the day they forgive and forget. It is like observing a typical friendship between two untypical people and I think that is very lighthearted to read about.

I thought their relationship, although I kind of saw it as a bit nasty with George being so bossy against Lennie, to be very sweet and loving in its’ own ways. George might have snapped at Lennie during the first chapter for him refusing to give up his mouse-petting, but he still apologized and communicated to Lennie that he did not hate him and was only a bit angry at the time. I believe George is so tough against Lennie because he seems to need an authority to keep his act clean, as it is mentioned early on that Lennie has done some bad things before and have forgotten them as well. And since he had forgotten them, he had a tough time learning from them.

The Sea Change and Eveline

By Jessica and Lise

The Sea Change and Eveline are two modernist novels. The Sea Change is written by Ernest Hemingway, while Eveline is written by James Joyce.

Our group discussed the content and theme, and agreed a lot with each other about it mainly being about people deciding whether or not to leave their current life behind for an abrupt change. That is the main thing we noticed about the similarity between the two novels. But a big difference is of course the reasoning behind the main characters changes in their lives.

We though the way the content was written (the structure) made a big difference between the two novels as well, and also changes the feel of the stories. Eveline seemed more thought through because of its’ length and details, while The Sea Change felt more present and got stressful faster than Eveline did. It was easier to connect with Eveline because of what we get to know about her life and how sad she seemed.

The mood in the two novels are very dark especially The novel Eveline; the novel talks about abuse and mistreatment in the family. It also goes into eloping without getting permission from their parents. these topics are very taboo and restricted in that time of period because it is something that was seen to be shameful and was not talked about. So we would say that it created a dark and dim mood in the novel. The other novel: The sea change has a few topics that is also quite prohibited. A person’s preference or sexuality is a topic that can cause a lot of negative reaction because it is expected that everyone has only one preference and is heterosexual. Another thing is cheating, which can be a sensitive topic for many people. It is considered to be something that is not morally right and people should be ashamed to do it. But the novel goes on with how calm and collected the girl is, even though she has caused a lot of pain for the man. This type of message can also stir up negative reaction from the viewers.

The modernist traits in the novels is that it is very honest and has a intentional break with the traditional views in the society. Like we said earlier, topics like abuse, mistreatment, cheating and homosexuality are something that was prohibited to talk about. It goes against the norms of the society, by for example social and religious views. And like modernist literature, the novels focus more on the individual human being rather than the whole society. These two novels show the action of the main characters and how they are dealing with the consequences.

Both of them seem to possess the Iceberg Style, but in different degrees. Hemingway of course used the style in a very high degree as we almost know nothing of the main characters, and it feels like a lot has been left out because we are not even introduced to the theme during first sentences. Eveline gives us a lot of information, but with Joyce’s story we felt that he wrote about Eveline as if she has a lot on her mind which she will not let out to us readers. Eveline seems less honest than Hemingway’s story did.

We both agreed that our favorite story was The Sea Change. I, Lise, like The Sea Change the most because of how open it was to interpretations and how exciting it was trying to figure out what was going on. Plus I strongly dislike overly descriptive texts about the surroundings and such, so I enjoyed the conversation they were having. And I’m a curious cat, so listening to the drama is very interesting for me.

Jessica did inform that she thought of Eveline as her favorite story until she finished reading The Sea Change. I (as in Jessica) liked Eveline at the beginning, because of how honest and real the story is. Another thing I liked is that it was easier to understand the story line in Eveline. The Sea Change was quite hard to read and was pretty difficult to understand, until Lovise Andrea came with her interpretation. That was when I realized the theme and story line in the novel. I would say that the reason why I liked this novel more than Eveline was because of the conversation between the characters. There were more feelings and a lot of internal fighting inside the minds of the man and the woman, which make the story more realistic and interesting to read.

 

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it was published for the first time in 1925. The Novel is based on four peoples lives, and how they collide and basically create a huge unnecessary mess.

My impressions from all of the main characters are mainly that all four are quite selfish. I think Jay Gatsby is a selfish man in the regards that all he thinks about and wants to work for is to get Daisy back into his life, while she is married with a child and really is not in any hurry to change that life. As for Daisy I see her as a smart dumb woman. I think she knows exactly how to manipulate her husband and Jay in order to get what she wants. This is only disturbed when Jay starts demanding her opinions of Tom, and his need for her to say she doesn’t love Tom comes along.

When it comes to Tom, he is simply put a gross and toxic masculine man. Him and Jay end up in this passive aggressive fight over Daisy, and I believe that Tom was charged for this fight simply to claim his dominance over Jay and Daisy. All Tom wants is to live his life as an overly masculine entitled pig as freely as before. That is before Jay came along to ruin his version of the American dream. Nick, on the other hand, is selfish in the regards that he watches his back a lot more than he watches Daisy’s. At least in my opinion. He enables Daisy and Jay into doing their naughty business, when I believe he should have gotten some sense into Daisy about her cheating. He is after all the closest family member in Daisy’s life at the time.

I think Jay and Tom sees each other as weak and powerless, when in fact they are both fools and embarrassing, referring to the fight they have early in the story over Daisy, in which Jay demands she tell Tom she does not and have never loved him. I think Daisy loves both Tom and Jay despite their faults and wrongdoings seeing as she knows Tom is cheating on her, and Jay’s unattractive obsession with getting her back and nearly forcing her to do so. She probably respects Nick though, as I have not noticed her messing with him as badly as she has with Tom and Jay, if she does use him it has only been to meet Jay in private during Jay’s party in his secret garden. Nick is the only one who I believe is not perceived as a very bad and partial person by most of them. The exception being Tom, seeing as Nick basically is Jay’s accomplice and paves the way for Daisy and Jay’s very unhealthy love-life, again referring to the secret garden Jay, him and Daisy went to during Jay’s party.

I think the opinions change a little bit, but more clearly between Daisy and Jay. At first sight after seeing each other after all those years apart they seem mesmerized, but later in the story after Jay’s obsession comes through more clearly to her, she feels he is too demanding. He asks too much of her, and so she runs away in a car, and we all know how that ended…

During John Greens crash course on the novel, he mentions the big symbolistic use of the color yellow. And after he stated that, I saw it very clearly how Fitzgerald has tried to alter our view on the golden color and its meaning. Usually gold, or sometimes yellow, will symbolize wealth, but he kind of criminalize the color by painting it over negative symbols, such as the car Myrtel gets ran over with, parts of his mansion which he bought only to force Daisy into and so on. I think Fitzgerald does this because he wants to shine a light on the spoiled rich people and how they get away with anything by just waving some cash in front of the world’s eyes. Maybe he wants to show us that the top of the food chain is not all it is cut out to be?

I think the theme in the novel is mainly selfishness. The novel seems to portray these four characters in maybe the worst ways it could. Fitzgerald does not seem to want them to be likeable. Nick is the most likeable character of all of them, but personally I do not connect very well to him, as I perceive him to mostly just act as a robotic narrator. Maybe it is just me struggling to understand the text, but I do not think any of the characters act out of anything than selfishness in most cases. You have for example Daisy, who refuses to choose between Tom and Jay. And Jay only wants what he decides is his to take: Daisy. Tom wants Daisy as well, but I am convinced this only is because he cannot take the embarrassment from being abandoned by her, rather than his love for her.

This text is very different from a Victorian novel in my opinion. I think a novel during the Victorian era usually is about a random citizen who does not really stand out, and the novel will just tell us about their life, their happiness and their struggles. After that it is usually “the end”. The Great Gatsby on the other hand builds up this tension. From the very beginning Gatsby is portrayed to be a mysterious man, who have done many unbelievably great things. He blends in, but at the same time he does not. As John Green said, he is a man who owns a pool, but he does not swim in it, and he throws great parties though he never drinks. Then again, we do get to know that all of his parties are not for fun, but for Daisy.

The American dream is supposed to basically have a life where everything goes your way and you have “it all”. “It” being wealth, a nice home, a great family with good children, a stable job and so on. I think the American dream has been viewed the same since forever. When you speak of the American dream you understand what people mean, but today the dream might actually be even bigger considering that we have had huge modern changes happen since the 1920’s. For example, the ideal “American dream” home is very modern and has fancy technology built into it like clap on light, spa’s, a massive garage for your cars, etc.

To me the theme is revealed when Nick moves in next to Gatsby and starts drooling over Gatsby’s mansion. I think this is where the first selfishness starts to show itself. Nick seems to heavily wish for the life he pictures Gatsby is living.

I have heard the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is similar but I do not know what it is about unfortunately. I thought the obsessive love between Jay and Daisy were similar to Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” after Green mentioned it during the crash course I watched, but I do not have many thoughts on that either.

The Great Gatsby is a very interesting story to me, as I have been in an interactive play about the novel and seen the movie. The story annoys me and angers me, but that is kind of the charm with it. I think it is written to be hated, but as we all know; if a book makes you feel something, then it is not really a bad book.

The British Victorian Age and Myself

I thought the British Victorian age was interesting in certain areas, others not so much. I thought it was eye-opening learning about what it was like in Britain during this time, with the industrial revolution and the wealth and poverty.

I think my favorite part of this chapter was listening and reading the works we looked at by Robert Louis Stevenson. I particularly enjoyed finally learning about what “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” was. It was one of those stories that you hear about all the time throughout life, but you still may not actually know what it is about. Jekyll and Hyde were so interesting because of the discussion we had afterwards about whether it was symbolizing drug abuse or dissociative identity disorder. After thinking about that the story suddenly seemed to change inside my head and I saw more opportunity of interpretation.

What I think I disliked the most here was the poetry we looked at, like Dover Beach. Dover Beach was probably not a bad poem, as I am honestly struggling to recall what it was about, but I do have a certain prejudice and disliking towards most kinds of poetry. I do not find it very enjoyable reading a lot of poetry because I think it can be tiring with all the re-reading, analyzing every little thing and on top of that having lots of words that I do not understand. Reading and analyzing Dover Beach is probably the only thing I disliked about this chapter though, so I see that as a positive thing.

If I am being completely honest, I do not have a question about this period as I feel like every question I had has already been answered throughout our classes.

A blog post on Walden and the Sustainable Life

Walden is a story about the life as an minimalist. It reflects on the simple life, an existence without any complexities and the difficulties of modern living.

Walden did not live life as it was “intended to be lived” during his time of age, because he went to live alone in the woods without contributing to society by working and taking a wife and have children etc. The society he lived in during the 1800’s expected every man to make himself useful, and Walden did not bend to the expectations, which likely did not make him into such a popular man among the locals.

Modern devices such as phones and computers has played a huge role in making us seek to quick and convenient solutions for everyday problems. They have been integrated to such a extreme degree, that removing these devices will resolve in both personal and societal disorientation. Those who rely on technological gadgets often do so with the intention of being a more useful member of society, or simply to kill time or communicate with their acquaintances.

We agree with the claim that life can be as simple as living in the wild. You have a choice to remain in the modern world or follow your instincts and turn to the more natural surroundings. As well as the aesthetics you bring into your life. If you feel like living in the woods, nobody should stop you from doing that. Unless you are endangering somebody else.

We thought about it differently, but some of us disagree with the euphoria he seems to be experiencing. We think he came out of the woods thinking about it as if it was an incredible experience when he probably just entered a strange mindset as a consequence of being alone for too long. During the time he was alive it was normal to write things in a more dramatic manner even if it was maybe not as dramatic as they made it seem. We believe he exaggerated a bit more than he needed to.

Literature is an educational force which can give inspiration and insight on your own habits. Since books and text work often has a huge influence on the reader’s mindset, literature in this context might create an audience who wants to associate themselves to the beliefs of Walden. Being exposed to different lifestyles also give people more choice when it comes to wanting to leave their footprint on the world- through sustainable or damaging behaviors.

Written by Lise, Johanne and Jannike. 🙂

The Tell-tale Heart

Thoughts on the title

This crime story is written by Edgar Allan Poe. He was an experienced and very good writer, so it was not unexpected to hear such a well-constructed story by him. After having heard the story, the title kind of makes sense. After all it most certainly involves a heart.

When I had not heard the story, I thought the title of the story could be connected to someone giving away information. To me, it was a bit of a confusing title. It intrigued and made me curious as to what it could be about, but that was mostly because it made me confused as to what it was about. Now I understand that it is about the old man’s heartbeat, but it is not the heart giving away the main characters motive to kill, it is the old man’s scream. This is mainly why I’m feeling challenged as to what I should think of the title after I heard the story. I feel like it is maybe a bit misleading for fresh readers.

Why was it not named the tell-tale scream, even though it is the heartbeat which brings out his madness in the end. The heartbeat only revealed him because he went mad, but the neighbor who heard the old man’s scream was in reality what lead him to getting caught in my opinion. Then again, maybe he is aiming towards the madness taking over and not reality kicking in.

The Tell-tale heart’s opening sentence

“TRUE-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”

It seems like he was in the middle of a sentence and had already begun telling someone about what had happened, during the night of the killing, in that sentence. The way he seems to despise being thought of as mad, makes it seem like maybe the main character had been struggling mentally for a long time, and people told him he was mad for it, instead of helping him?

Task e) from page 168

Why do horror films and stories of the macabre and supernatural have such a strong appeal even today? What is it about Poe’s story that can be described as Gothic?

I think horror in film and literature has such a big appeal, and always will continue to have this appeal, because it brings forward interest and feelings in such a big spectrum. Some people may feel brave after having endured horror, some like looking at the technical parts of it and want to understand why people get scared, it brings people together when they are scared together, and so on. It is a difficult question to answer because of this because horror is much more than “oh help I am so scared!” There are even careers and futures being built for people, based on horror! Steven King is literally named “the King of Horror.” The big difference from Poe’s time, and our time today, is that people writing extremely scary movie scripts are praised today, and Poe was called crazy and misjudged. Despite him maybe acting a little bit strange even for today’s society’s opinions…

I think the story is Gothic in the ways that it is very dark literally and word-wise. It contains death, creepy energy, as well as the discomforting behavior of the main character. This is an old horror story after all, so Gothicism seems like the right genre for it.

Wuthering Heights – Hindley Earnshaw

Hindley Earnshaw:

  • I do not know his age, but he was older than Catherine and I believe she was in her twenties or so when Hindley came back to Wuthering Heights with his wife. So maybe he was in his thirties?
  • He had blue eyes like Catherine and a wide mouth with a loud beard only on his outer parts of his cheeks. Probably showing off his status. His hair was light brown and cut short. He wore clothes that seemingly was of higher standards, but not on the same level as Edgar Linton’s clothing.
  • He was a very controlling and jealous man. He felt the need to be superior to everyone around him. He was very demanding. Had a soft spot only for his wife. Very worried for his sister because of his trust issues with Heathcliff.
  • His weaknesses was at first his wife, he turned to a softer side of himself around her, but later on he turned to drinking as a relief for his grief.
  • His strengths may have been his need to take care of the people he loved despite him doing so in very bad ways.
  • He was stereotypical in the sense that he acted like a typical privileged white man in his time, and he had always treated Heathcliff badly even though Heathcliff had never done anything bad before meeting him. He just decided then and there that he was a threat to his family.

Reasoning behind his character development: He has been a jealous and mean person since he was a child. When his father came back from a trip with Heathcliff, his jealousy took completely over. This is where he develops his irrational anger towards Heathcliff. He decided his father cared more about Heathcliff than him, so he chose to make Heathcliff his enemy in his eyes. This made his father more distant from Hindley, and he ended up growing up with little to no supervision or parental care.

Throughout the movie Hindley moves away and marries a woman who becomes pregnant with his child. She gives him love and care no matter what he says or does, and in return he gives her his love and his care in his own ways. When she dies after birthing his son, Hareton, he starts drinking his pain away. In the end it is Heathcliff who tortures him instead of Hindley taking everything out on Heathcliff, because of how weak he has become.

In other words: Hindley’s life had been going in a downwards spiral for a long time until he hit rock bottom by the hands of the one he had wronged all those years, Heathcliff.

I think Hindley symbolized the hatred between Heathcliff and Catherine. He seemed to wither away the longer you get into the story, and the further apart Heathcliff and Catherine got, but when they were together the most he was doing his best.

I like how bad he is if that makes sense? He is so bad that it makes the story better and more interesting. He is a necessary obstacle for Catherine and Heathcliff in order to make their love seem stronger for us peers. Naturally, I dislike him for being so horribly cruel and abusing his son and being drunk around him while acting inappropriate while being drunk against him. But I like the depth that this horrible parental behavior gives Hareton’s childhood more depth. In a movie analysis way of course, not in any realistic way.

Hindley’s behavior towards the people around him makes sense to me when I think about the time the character is living in and how he probably thought the “ideal” family should be. He did not want a random boy to become his brother out of the blue, because children are children and they can easily feel left out by their parents. And his reaction to the loss of his wife also makes complete sense because he lost the only woman or person who ever showed him true love, and now he is left with a half of her which will remind him of his loss every time he sees him.

I think the heroine here is Nelly, if there even is a hero. She watches out for Catherine from start to finish, she has understanding for the love between her and Heathcliff and she tries to support and advice them as best she can even if it does not work. She always has her moral compass in check throughout the movie.

I don’t think there is a hero here since I think more or less every man in this movie is a piece of garbage, which I do not think is the case for no reason. I think Emily Brontë wrote the men like this because she saw them like that.

I feel like Hindley represents, as mentioned earlier, the hatred between Catherine and Heathcliff and that the more he withers away, the more they wither away. I think Emily Brontë connected them like this. I also think he represents the bad we have within ourselves, and the darkest thoughts about what we want to do to the people he dislike or even hate, but never actually do. I think he kind of shows the part where the bad he wishes upon them comes out and finally attacks them. He is the aftermath of an evil thought.

The Age of English Enlightenment

The English enlightenment was quite the time for making your “wildest” ideas and dreams come true. Mary Wollstonecraft founded feminism, Jonathan Swift wrote a boke that had the resemblance of an acid trip and Isaac Newton figured out a lot of things about science.

Mary Wollstonecraft proved to the men in her world that she could be an intellectual with valid points as well as a woman. Wollstonecraft showed a certain power that few or no women had been able to show before, and that obviously fits right in with the word “enlightenment.” People, mostly men, started to look up and actually notice half of the population’s voices. The age of enlightenment was a special time in that sense.

I thought Gulliver’s Travels was a fun part of the enlightenment as well, since Jonathan Swift writes quite bonkers. His imagination impressed me considering he lived during a time where I thought it was not easy to put your wildest ideas out there without being stamped as crazy. He was not exactly a good man, but the guy could write some eye-catching stories.

I liked the most learning about Mary Wollstonecraft since I had honestly never heard about her before. Seeing as she is my holy god mother for working towards giving my gender more rights, it was pretty interesting to me. It is especially surprising, scary and awakening thinking about how so many things she spoke out about, is still relevant in today’s society.

My question is who was another important person during this period that we did not have time to learn more about? This period was a very fun one to be honest, and I would love to learn more about it some other time.