Bronte’s Wuthering Heights: Walking the Landscape

Lesson rationale

In this lesson, students will explore the landscape of Wuthering Heights from a range of different angles. They will compare the fictional landscape described in Emily Brontë’s novel with a number of other sources and consider why a sense of place might have been so important to the Brontës. Through exploring these sources, students will develop their understanding of the environment in which the Brontës lived, adding a more nuanced perspective to the myths with which the family are often surrounded.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • How did Emily Brontë depict the Yorkshire moors in Wuthering Heights and in her poetry?
  • How did Charlotte Brontë depict her sister’s beloved landscapes? How has this shaped readers’ perceptions of Emily?
  • What was life like in Haworth in the 19th century?
  • Why might a sense of place have been so important to the Brontës?