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by Emily Brontë

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How is Wuthering Heights a gothic romance?

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is a prime example of the Gothic romance genre. As stated above, the presence of the supernatural, isolated settings, and the drama surrounding the characters' romantic entanglements are all present within the novel.

One of the first indications that the novel is a Gothic romance is Mr. Lockwood's strange encounter with Catherine Earnshaw's ghost in her former bedroom at titular estate, which Heathcliff now owns and inhabits. Lockwood is forced to stay the night because of a snowstorm, and what he experiences is bizarre:

"As it spoke, I discerned, obscurely, a child's face looking through the window. Terror made me cruel; and, finding it useless to attempt shaking the creature off, I pulled its wrist on to the broken pane, and rubbed it to and fro till the blood ran down and soaked the bedclothes: still it wailed, 'Let me in!' and maintained its tenacious gripe, almost maddening me with fear."

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