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Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 4; Set 6; #5


According to the passage, which of the

According to the passage, which of the following is a true statement about the first and second parts of Wuthering Heights? Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights see its second part as a counter point that comments on, if it does not reverse, the first part, where a romantic reading receives more confirmation. Seeing the two parts as a whole is encouraged by the line novel’s sophisticated structure, revealed in its complex use of narrators and time shifts. 5 Granted that the presence of these elements need not argue for an authorial awareness of novelistic construction comparable to that of Henry James, their presence does encourage attempts to unify the novel’s heterogeneous parts. However, any interpretation that seeks to unify all of the novel’s diverse elements is bound to be somewhat unconvincing. This is not because such an interpretation necessarily stiffens into a thesis 10 (although rigidity in any interpretation of this or of any novel is always a danger), but because Wuthering Heights has recalcitrant elements of undeniable power that, ultimately, resist inclusion in an all-encompassing interpretation. In this respect, Wuthering Heights shares a feature of Hamlet. The second part has received more attention from critics., The second part has little relation to the first part., The second part annuls the force of the first part., The second part provides less substantiation for a romantic reading., The second part is better because it is more realistic.

4 Explanations


anirudh nori

what does ' see its second part as a counterpoint that comments on' mean

Sep 10, 2018 • Comment

David Recine

That part of the sentence says that critics "see" something. In this case, "see" means to beleive something. What do the critics believe? They believe that the second half of the novel Wuthering Heights (the portion of the book that starts at the middle and goes to the end of the book) is a "counterpoint" to something. A "counterpoint" is an argument against something. What is the counterpoint arguing against? Well, the counterpoint "comments on" "the first part" of the book.

So that part of the text indicates that literary critics believe that the second half of the novel Wuthering Heights actually argues against the ideas int he first half of the novel. Does that make sense?

Sep 13, 2018 • Reply



what does the part "if it does not reverse" mean here, according to this can we not choose option "C"??

Apr 5, 2017 • Comment


Hi Pawan,

This tells us that most critics don't think that the second part goes so far as to reverse the first part. It comments on the first part, but does not reverse it. And yes, this allows us to eliminate (C).

Apr 5, 2017 • Reply


Ryan Shrott

"The second part receives less confirmation than a romantic reading" is logically equivalent to: "The second part provides less substantiation for a romantic reading.

Aug 16, 2014 • Comment


Chris Lele

Oct 6, 2012 • Comment

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