Wuthering Heights Uncanny Analysis

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Freud’s notion of the uncanny is undoubtedly evident in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. The romance between Catherine and Heathcliff can most certainly be described as uncanny as they have an unquestionable love for one another yet they betray each other’s souls by choosing to marry others. However, both characters selfishly continue their relationship, ignoring their marriages which is sufficient evidence to suggest how much of an inseparable bond they share. The appearance of Catherine as a ghost that wanders the moors of the Heights may also be seen as uncanny. Even the style in which Wuthering Heights is written by Bronte may be seen as being uncanny as the narrative structure is far from straightforward. The role of narrator often switches from one character to another throughout the novel. I intend to thoroughly analyse evidence of the uncanny in the novel throughout this essay and perhaps conclude with how the uncanny makes Bronte’s novel so unique.
Mr. Earnshaw’s uncanny decision to take care of a young Heathcliff by bringing him to Wuthering Heights certainly makes the reader
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Although it is unknown as to where Heathcliff travelled to, he returns a number of years later a wealthy man and his appearance has changed significantly. Surprisingly Catherine is overjoyed to see him and she selfishly believes that not only can she can continue his relationship with him, but that Edgar will have to learn to accept it. Despite Catherine’s delight upon Heathcliff’s return, he appears to attempt to gain a certain amount of revenge on both herself and Edgar. He does so by marrying Edgar’s sister Isabella Linton who had fallen for his physical appearance and false charm. It could be argued that their marriage is another example of an uncanny relationship as Heathcliff does not show any affection towards Isabella and marries her more so in an attempt to anger both Catherine and

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