A Comparison between Wuthering Heights and Arnold’s Film Adaptation

A Comparison between Wuthering Heights and Arnold’s Film Adaptation

Abstract

This thesis focuses on comparing Emily Brontë’s masterpiece and her only novel Wuthering Heights with the film adaptation in 2011 directed by Andrea Arnold. It concentrates mainly on the different portraits of the two main characters, Catherine and Heathcliff and the varied ways of narrative in the novel and the Arnold’s film version.

Key words: Wuthering Heights, film adaption, comparing, different portraits, varied ways of narrative.

Introduction

With regard to literature and film, there is a very close connection between them. In the book The Art of Adaptation: from Literature to Film, the ...

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perspective that is more direct and vivid for people to understand and analyze the literary classics. In addition, with the rapid development of science and technology, the social demand for aesthetics has the tendency of a more direct and popular form like the films which have the advantage of visualization. By comparing the novel and its film adaption, we can have a more integrated understanding of the story as well as a more thorough understanding of these two art forms. After finishing the novel, I chose the 2011 film adaptation, for it is the latest one and personally I like the actress who plays the role of Catherine. And this thesis aims to analyze and compare the differences in portraying the main character, Catherine and Heathcliff, and the different means of narrative of the story.

1.Differences in the portraits of Catherine and Heathcliff

1.1 Catherine

In the 2011 film adaptation, when Catherine first meets Heathcliff, she spits on him. Even though Catherine in ...

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seems uninterested in Catherine’s situation. As one of the most famous parts in the novel, this scene in the film may just result in the disappointment of the viewers. The scene when Catherine meets Heathcliff for the last time is also quite different. In the film, she is lying in the living room, while in the novel, she is locked in her room all the time. She blames both Edgar and Heathcliff for her coming death. She whispers to Heathcliff that Edgar breaks her heart and that he leads to her death. This scene is one of the best scenes in the film and it is full of emotions. Catherine does not appear in the film as a ghost and she is not even mentioned by other characters after her death ...

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