(Original post by maya060911)
Hi, I'm sitting the Wuthering Heights paper for A2 next month.
I'm completely stuck on all the analysis and structure of the synoptic and the novel.
I know of point, evidence and explain but I'm still finding it difficult.
It's mainly the analysis of the features used within, I just can't seem to get into the habit of doing extended explanations.
So when there's metaphors, similes, personification, narrative stance, paradox and so on I can't talk about it.
Tried my tutor but she's not explaining it very well.
It's WJEC by the way.
Are there any specific parts you're confused on or is it the general language - metaphors, similes etc that are confusing you?
Basically, when you go through your revision notes and you're going through the novel to recap, the best tip I can give you is to always ask "why?" and "what?" throughout. I'll give you an example:
So for specific quotations:
“Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth; and the angels were so angry that they flung me out into the middle of the heath on the top of Wuthering Heights; where I woke sobbing for joy.”
So to analyse it:
What? Here, Cathy is explaining that without Heathcliff, heaven would not be heaven for her. She is explaining that she knows she doesn't belong to heaven because of her love for Heathcliff, and as a result, she doesn't want to be in heaven
Why? Here, historical context plays importance. The book is 19th century, a period in which religion played heavily on the minds of people and what they did. Cathy is denouncing religion for the sake of Heathcliff, showing the true extent of her feelings for him. More so, as religion was such an important part of people's lives, it linked in heavily with society. By connection, Cathy is denouncing society and condemning it for making it impossible for her to be with Heathcliff.
I'll give another example:
The gloomy background in Wuthering Heights
What? Throughout the novel various different characters describe Wuthering Heights and the area surrounding it as gloomy, dark, always raining, always cold. Pathetic fallacy in a novel is when the description of the weather is used to represent the mood or feeling of a novel.
Why? Pathetic fallacy is a big feature in WH and basically it shows the gloomy mood and feeling of the novel. It can also be used to foreshadow - hint at the future of the novel - the outcome of the events, which turn out to be quite gloomy indeed.
So if PEE is failing you or you feel like your analysis is lacking a little just keep remembering to ask yourself "what?" and "why?" throughout the extracts you're set to analyse. Note every little detail down as it could be important and remember that if you can back it up, there can be no bad analysis
Hope this helps!