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Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 4; Set 6; #7


The author of the passage would be most

The author of the passage would be most likely to agree that an interpretation of a novel should 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. not try to unite heterogeneous elements in the novel, not be inflexible in its treatment of the elements in the novel, not argue that the complex use of narrators or of time shifts indicates a sophisticated structure, concentrate on those recalcitrant elements of the novel that are outside the novel’s main structure, primarily consider those elements of novelistic construction of which the author of the novel was aware

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Chris Lele

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