What are the elements of Romanticism in Wuthering Heights? I'm writing a essay on Wuthering Heights and the romantic elements but I'm not sure how to go about it.

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The Romantics loved nature and thought it could uplift and redeem people. The Romantics also wished to convey strong emotions in their writing. They elevated true love above considerations of money and class. They focused on ordinary people, not royalty, aristocrats, and great military leaders. They developed the Byronic hero,...

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The Romantics loved nature and thought it could uplift and redeem people. The Romantics also wished to convey strong emotions in their writing. They elevated true love above considerations of money and class. They focused on ordinary people, not royalty, aristocrats, and great military leaders. They developed the Byronic hero, an extraordinary individual tortured by his past. All of these elements can be found in Wuthering Heights.

Catherine and Heathcliff, but especially Catherine, are noted for their love of nature. They love nothing better but to escape their cruel social world to run on the moors. As she is dying, Catherine dreams that she died and went to heaven, but she missed the moors so bitterly that God threw her out on them, where she sobbed for joy. The suspicion is that her spirit still roams the moors after her death.

It would be hard to find stronger emotions than those expressed by Catherine and Heathcliff to and about each other. A great part of the power of the book is how passionately they love one another. They are also ordinary people living in a place isolated and far from the centers of power, yet they love more deeply than most. Catherine, however, betrays the Romantic ideal of marrying for love when she marries Linton for wealth and status, breaking her own heart in the process. The novel shows she betrays both herself and Heathcliff: you cannot read the novel and feel she did the right thing in marrying prudently.

Heathcliff has often been compared to the Byronic hero. He is a tortured, often cruel soul, who is anguished by the loss of his beloved.

It would be hard to find a better example of a Romantic novel than Wuthering Heights.

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According to literary critic Robert Kiely (see the link below), Wuthering Heights is a model of Romanticism. The literary elements he points out that are Romantic in nature include the characters' longing for transcendence, or escape from the everyday limits imposed on people. Their longing is often also for death. In addition, the house of Wuthering Heights itself is associated with supernatural forces that defy the rational.

In writing an essay about Romanticism in Wuthering Heights, start with a thesis statement that summarizes the Romantic elements of the novel (there are others) and the effect of these elements on the themes and meaning of the novel. What does it mean, for example, that Catherine and Heathcliff want to escape the limitations of life and can only be united in death? Then, organize your essay so that each section deals with one of these elements and includes relevant evidence from the text that is thoroughly explained.

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First, you need to make sure that you fully understand the characteristics of Romantic literature in nineteenth-century England.

Basically, the Romantics believed that man, as an individual, is superior, so Romantic novels really probe deeply inside characters. You can see this most obviously in Heathcliff, with his rage and jealousy, and also in Catherine, with her need to conform to social standards and her willful stubbornness.

The Romantics played up emotion before logic. Therefore, many of the characters' actions are inexplicable, such as Heathcliff's treatment of Hareton and Linton or Catherine's outburst at Heathcliff on her deathbed.

The Romantics were also suspicious of previous versions of organized religion. We can see this in the novel through the scenes that depict the Earnshaw children being taught their Bible lessons. The teacher is frustrated at how the children are not listening—even Hindley is not interested.

Beyond that, many people feel that this novel contains characteristics of a Gothic Romance. In addition to the Romantic characteristics, gothicism includes "ruin, decay, death, terror, and chaos, and privileged irrationality and passion over rationality and reason." Certainly we can see these elements in the novel in addition to the gothic elements of nightmare, supernatural elements, and mysticism.

The heath is a desolate place, and Wuthering Heights itself is a dark and dreary place. Death certainly occurs in abundance, leaving only a few characters alive at the end. Nearly all the characters act and react irrationally, especially Heathcliff and Catherine as it concerns their own relationship. The ghost of Catherine that "greets" Lockwood is an example of a supernatural occurrence.

Search for passages that meet these characteristics, and you will have a terrific paper!

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