Essay Emily Bronte 's Wuthering Heights

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Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847) involves the themes of the supernatural, the melancholy of characters, violence, and mystery. These features allow us to locate the novel in a large tradition of Gothic narrative. Following Sigmund Freud’s essay The Uncanny, the unheimlich purports that “something should be frightening because it is unknown and unfamiliar. … Something must be added to the novel and the unfamiliar if it is to become uncanny” (Freud 124-125). The Gothic novel, then, is illuminated by unheimlich manifestations of the supernatural and the visitations of threatening spirits and ghosts. Sometimes, these ghosts are not manifested physically in the novel; they can also be ambiguously presented through the troubled mentality of the characters. As is the case in Wuthering Heights, one encounters a fascinating attraction for the mystery of human evil and the perversions of the instincts and character. In this novel, the threat of the unwelcoming spirit is best embodied in the character Heathcliff.
Heathcliff’s mysterious origins fuel the reader’s imagination: could it be that he is a monster? He is marked by a sense of undying revenge, due to his violent childhood; the various aggressions he suffered under Hindley’s hands essentially traumatized the character who, many years later, comes back for revenge. From childhood, Heatchcliff’s character is rife with the mystery of “otherness” which immediately causes one to question whether he is fully human or not: he is…

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