Gothic Intricacy In Wuthering Heights

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CHAPTER THREE

Emily Brontë’s Gothic Intricacy No coward soul is mine – Emily Brontë 1

3.1. A Brief Biography

Emily Brontë is an English Victorian novelist and poet. She is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in English literature. Emily is best remembered for her only famous novel, Wuthering Heights (1847) which is considered as a piece of exquisite work in world literature and remains a mysterious riddle in English literature.2
Emily Brontë was born on July 30, 1818 in Yorkshire, England. Emily’s biographical information is scattered. She did not make any friendships outside her family. Her sister Charlotte is the main source of information about her. Emily remained an obscure, mysterious figure;
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Bronte had been appointed the vicar. Haworth was her home for all of her life. According to Norma Crandall “warm, human aspect” was “usually revealed only in her love of nature and of animals”. 10 Moreover, it is said that “[Emily] loved the solemn moors, she loved all wild, free creatures and things”11, and many critics assure that her love of the moors is clearly manifested in Wuthering Heights . Emily refused to be separated from her hometown. For instance, on July, 1835, Emily moved with Charlotte to be teachers at Roe Head however, it was not easy for her to change her life routine, to be far away from her home at Yorkshire , so, her experience at that school was unhappy and unsuccessful. Charlotte mentioned that Emily “would die if she did not go home, and with this conviction obtained her recall”.12 Charlotte ensures that her depression was caused by the absence of her “sources purely imaginary”.13 Emily thought that she lost the ability to interact with her visions. The combination of desperation and creative deprivation forced her to return back home on October, 1835. Emily believes that her existence at Yorkshire is necessary to free her poetic ability and wild imagination. So, it might be impossible to separate the social and cultural influences from the human entity. Life at Haworth did involve the fundamental culture and the society surrounding Emily
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