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How is Wuthering Heights a gothic romance?

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billisundarim... | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM via web

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How is Wuthering Heights a gothic romance?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:34 PM (Answer #1)

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Gothic Romances are commonly characterized by their use of the following elements: mystery, supernatural events or occurrences, dark, gloomy settings like castles or large estates, a dark, mysterious hero figure.  Wuthering Heights features most of these characteristics. 

Mystery:  Heathcliff is certainly a mysterious element in the novel.  His heritage is unknown; the only supporting detail or clue is that he spoke some foreign language when he was found on the streets of London.  Heathcliff's fortune also is a mystery to the reader--he left dirt poor and came back filthy rich, ready to torment his enemies.

Supernatural events:  Catherine's ghost searches the moors, trying to find her way back to Wuthering Heights.

Setting:  Wuthering Heights is depicted as a dark, gloomy estate, set upon the wild moors of Scotland.

RomanceWuthering Heights has a passionate romantic triangle formed between Heathcliff, Lindly, and Catherine.   "Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!"  Wuthering Heights exudes passion and unrequited love.

 

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