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In Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Mr Lockwood, one of the two narrators, is visited by the Ghost of Catherine Linton through a dream during his stay at the Heights. This is the first of many supernatural occurrences in the novel.
The metaphorical noun phrase “intense horror of nightmare” immediately evokes the feeling of terror in the reader as it ‘came over’ Lockwood, which creates the image he is now trapped within it. Bronte is able to create dramatic tension with Lockwood’s inability to free himself, portrayed with the use of the present and past participle verbs ‘struggling’ and ‘tried’. This is contrasted with the use of the dynamic verbs ‘clung’ and ‘gripe’ and the past participle verb ‘maintained’ which establish the control and force of the spirit. We see that in the climax of his fear he resorts to violence. The monotonous past participles ‘pulled’ and ‘rubbed’ used in conjunction with the preposition ‘till’ convey his on-going strenuous attempt to inflict pain and gain control. A The use of the adverbial of time ‘almost’ in conjunction with present participle ‘maddening’ strongly creates further dramatic tension suggesting Lockwood is on the brink of losing his mind.
Catherine’s ghost mainly uses imperative speech with the repeated command “Let me in”. In comparison Lockwood uses the interrogative, through direct and indirect questions when under the grip of the spirit “Who are you?” / “Why did I think of Linton?” This suggests his lack of control as not only is he at a disadvantage not knowing what is happening, he also questions himself. When he uses the imperative “Let me go” it seems more like a plead than a command. We see this change once he is freed. He uses the imperative more powerfully “Begone!” enforced by the past participle ‘I shouted” and then the use of the adverbial of time “never let you in” strongly denying her…...

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