What are the romantic elements in Wuthering Heights?  

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Wuthering Heights is a classic novel that embodies many of the elements of Romanticism as it developed in the 1800s in English literature. Beauty, mystery, and the supernatural play significant roles in the novel, as does the emphasis upon nature and the human spirit.

The setting of the novel places the story in the English moors of Yorkshire, a place both beautiful and bleak. Much description of nature is in found in the novel, including the natural elements of the weather--wind and rain. Nature is wild and beautiful and often dangerous. Supernatural elements are introduced into the novel through the references to Heathcliff's strange and diabolical nature and the ghost of Catherine. Much of the story concerns events of the past, another element of Romanticism. Finally, the novel's emphasis upon the individual, the human spirit and its needs and compulsions, is highly romantic. In its tale of love and desire, danger, betrayal and revenge, Wuthering Heights stands as a superb example of English Romanticism.


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