Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte Essay

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Wuthering Heights, a novel by Emily Bronte, may seem like a normal romance novel, but there is more to it. Many traces of eerie, supernatural things intertwine with the romance plot and used as symbols to explain the violence and chaos of the Earnshaw and Linton households. Besides acting as symbols, these spooky occurrences also give us insight into the characters’ states of mind, and how they view things. In the very beginning of the story, the narrator, Lockwood, describes Wuthering Heights as a place “swarming with ghosts and goblins” (27). His stay in the Earnshaw household was interrupted by an encounter with a ghost early on. He described his encounter as a horrible dream, saying that he “turned and dosed, and dreamt again: if possible, still more disagreeably than before” (25). One night, Lockwood was annoyed by the branch of a tree scratching the window, so he went to the window and wanted to push the branch away. Instead of feeling a branch when he reached his hand out of the window, he felt the fingers of an ice-cold hand. The hand belonged to a Catherine Linton. Lockwood thought it was strange that he thought the ghost was a Linton because he had “read Earnshaw for twenty times for Linton” (26). This detail is an example of how these haunting events provides foreshadowing, and in this case, the marriage of the two houses that happens later on in the story. Later, Lockwood tries to get the hand to let go of his and “pulled its wrist on to the broken pane, and…

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