Romanticism in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights Essays

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Wuthering Heights is filled with different examples of the Romantic Movements. Heathcliff is an exceptionally difficult character to analyze because he displays numerous altered personalities. This raises the question: which Romantic Movement was most common in Wuthering Heights? An analysis of Wuthering Heights reveals the most common Romantic Movement in the text: Romanticism. Romanticism is based upon the ideas of subjectivity, inspiration and the primacy of the individual. Various examples of these from the text are when Heathcliff has Catherine’s grave excavated, the repeated possibility of supernatural beings, and the love from the past that is seen from Heathcliff and Catherine. At one point in the text, readers picture …show more content…
Another perception from the same quotation is how Catherine had this longing for Heathcliff. Throughout the text Catherine is known to manipulate the men in her life. One of the most powerful manipulations visited is when Heathcliff and Edgar were just seconds away from sparring but with one look from Catherine, Heathcliff retreated. She manipulated Edgar because while he saw this dreadful side to her, he continued to love her. Catherine surely wanted to be with Heathcliff and there is no doubt that since she wasn’t able to spend her life with him, she would unquestionably consider the afterlife. The next example of Romanticism is the reoccurring possibility of supernatural beings. The first example of a supernatural being is when Edgar believed he had encountered Catherine’s ghost when spending the night at Wuthering Heights. The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it, and a most melancholy voice sobbed, 'Let me in - let me in!' 'Who are you?' I asked, struggling, meanwhile, to disengage myself. 'Catherine Linton,' it replied, shiveringly (why did I think of Linton? I had read Earnshaw twenty times for Linton) - 'I'm come home: I'd lost my way on the moor!' As it spoke, I discerned, obscurely, a child's face looking through the window. (Brontë 25)
He was convinced that he saw Catherine that night. This “encounter”

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