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Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

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How is Wuthering Heights perversely romantic but not an anti-romantic novel?

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The word "perverse" means "counter to what is expected" as per dictionary.com. This insight defines the question in more detail and to the point that it answers it as well. Also, the word "anti" means against. So when comparing these two descriptive words, one can see that there is romance in Wuthering Heights, although it is not what one would expect out of a typical romance. But the novel is not against romance because romance is obviously there; it's just a bit twisted. For some reason it seems that romance in this story depends much upon suffering--the more one suffers, the more s/he must love. The presence of impulsiveness, wild passion, anger, and abuse don't seem to give much room for true love; but in their own twisted way, the characters retain a sense of romance because through it all, they still hope for something better to happen because of love.

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