Monday, September 23, 2013

Wuthering Heights Big Connection

In my last post, I emphasized how the media was an important part of society, and how it served as the lens for our perspective and our ideas. The media blinds while informs, and through the act of providing information shapes the person and what they become through fed intelligence. The big question of how media shapes society and our view of ourselves is evident in Wuthering Heights, or more specifically the lack of media. The nature of humans and the nurture of the characters through the untamed nature is shown in Wuthering Heights, as they have no contact to the outside world throughout the book except for the relationship between the Heights and Thrushcross Grange. The media in it's large role of providing information on how society should function through the use of conforming and norms are non existent in the story. Wuthering Heights reveals how media shapes our views of the world and ourselves by providing a barbaric connection to which we can compare our experiences, similar to a control group in science. Wuthering Heights is an untamed environment trapped in passion and uncontrolled emotions. This untamed passion can be revealed through the thoughts of the late Catherine Earnshaw, who selfishly decides to play with the feelings of Edgar and Heathcliff,"Well, if I cannot keep Heathcliff for my friend--if Edgar will be mean and jealous, I'll try to break their hearts by breaking my own. That will be a prompt way of finishing all, when I am pushed to extremity!" (Bronte 107). If their was media in the time, she would most likely, knowing her passionate nature, watch many shows on love and the such. The media would shape her views by providing her with the negative image of a selfish destructive woman, (Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Simon Cowell's Ex-Wife/Booty Call/Baby mama) and instead mold the image of never giving up after one's love and the idea of true love, (Cinderella, Majority of Disney movies, Pitch Perfect, Bieber, etc) that is deeply ingrained in the fantasist minds of the many teenage girls of a Hollywood age. The lack of media in Wuthering Heights helps illustrate how different a world with media can shape our view of the world and ourselves. 

1 comment:

  1. “Hope” is the thing with feathers -
    That perches in the soul -
    And sings the tune without the words -
    And never stops - at all -

    And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
    And sore must be the storm -
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm -

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
    And on the strangest Sea -
    Yet - never - in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb - of me.

    --Emily Dickinson