Gothic Themes In Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'

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A castle, a curious heroine, and a tragic love story are just three of the things that help create a gothic novel. When reading the novel, Wuthering Heights, it is extremely evident that the novel carries gothic themes and those themes are the true pillars of the novel itself. When people first hear the word “gothicism” many quickly jump to the conclusion that the gothicism genre is just something dark, or just something evil, and lastly just something supernatural, however, in all actuality gothicism is just a form romanticism to the most extreme form. With that in mind the underlying themes of decay in the landscape and human life, the revenge that drives Heathcliff, and the dark love that Heathcliff holds for Catherine are just three of …show more content…
When truly breaking down the relationship that Heathcliff and Catherine helf it is important to realize that they were raised to be siblings due to the fact that Heathcliff was brought into the Earnshaw family. The fact that Heathcliff and Catherine were raised to be half-siblings just adds to the dark, taboo, but romantic nature of the gothic themes. Other than them being half-siblings the overall obsession to ruin Catherine’s life is also extremely gothic and is something the keeps the novel going and progressing. Essentially, the reason that the novel is truly gothic is simply because of the amount of love that Heathcliff had for …show more content…
The overall thematics of the novel all aid the novel in being the great novel it is recognized as today. The settings, the characters, and the storyline all mold the novel into an amazing piece of gothic work. However, overall the way Bronte uses decay, revenge, and love to build upon the gothic thematics are not only what make the novel but they are what move the novel. If she were to remove the twisted love story and the dark revenge that motivated Heathcliff the novel would truly amount to nothing. At the end of the day it is safe to say that Heathcliff was just mad in love and madness because of love is what gothicism is all

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