Examples Of Gothic Novels In Wuthering Heights

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WUTHERING HEIGHTS AS A GOTHIC NOVEL Dr. Seeme Mahmood Assistant Professor English Institute for Excellence in Higher Education Bhopal Introduction Wuthering Heights was Emily Bronte’s only novel and it is considered the fullest expression of her highly individual poetic vision. It was published in 1847 under the pseudonym of Ellis Bell, and attracted considerable critical attention: many people were shocked and horrified by the sheer violence of Emily 's novels .The plot of the Gothic novels typically involved the common innocent folk getting themselves ensnared in a complex, mysterious and oftentimes evil paranormal intrigue, usually against a feeble, vulnerable damsel. The gothic novels were more than some sinister tales told to horrify people; they were a reflection of man’s deepest, darkest and most disturbing side which was attracted to the horrors of the world. The villains of such novels seemed to resemble the darkest parts of the common man and the society; and the heroes were no better, committing sins the dark of the night and as vulnerable and likely to go to the dark side as the villains. Setting The Gothic romancers aimed at kindling feelings of horror and terror in the minds of the readers by creating scenes of darkness, unease and foreboding, claustrophobia, mystery, cruelty; producing the aura of fear and dread. The settings often play a significant part in the unfolding of the narrative: their features may directly influence the action; they may also
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