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by Emily Brontë

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What are the romantic elements in Wuthering Heights?  

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For context, you should think of Romanticism as a broad movement spanning literature, art, music etc., and then consider how this particular novel fits into the overall cultural picture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Take a look at the first Encyclopedia article that I have linked. The photo on the homepage can give you an idea of what Romanticism feels and looks like: an isolated man on top of a mountain looking out at a desolate landscape, painted in dark tones.

Now, for some romantic elements in Wuthering Heights:

The Setting

Emily Brontë's depiction of the moors is quintessential Romanticism. Nature plays a huge role in this literary movement, and many if not all of the characters in the novel have a relationship with the desolate yet beautiful landscape. Take a look at the imagery in the following quotation which describes the way two different characters engage with the moors.

He said the pleasantest manner of spending a hot July day was lying from morning till...

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