Main Themes In Wuthering Heights And Mary Barton

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Wuthering Heights and Mary Barton have no themes in common but the innovation of their themes is what makes these novels timeless. Wuthering Heights central theme is love, a passionate love that survives all difficulties and which through its strength and vision, and through the overriding value accorded it by their protagonists, transcends time and space to testify to the spiritual potential of humanity. Much of the excitement and terror and tension of Wuthering Heights surely depends on its power of supernatural suggestion. In some texts ghosts do have a dramatic presence, interacting with characters, affecting the development and meaning of events. What can be agreed about Wuthering Heights is that belief in ghosts, as evident in both rural and urban eighteenth century England, has a vital dramatic function. The presence of belief, however, need to imply the phenomena themselves. Heathcliff and Cathy’s childhood bonding is strengthened in Gimmerton kirkyard : Cathy recalls, ‘We’ve braved it’s ghosts often together, and dared each other to stand among the graves and ask them to come’ (p.133). Such memories fuel Cathy’s solution to being separated from Heathcliff, fostering the idea of their sharing a life in death. Most famous and intense passage is Heathcliff’s outburst following her death demanding that her ghost walk : ‘And I pray one prayer – I repeat it till my tongue stiffens – Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed
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