Romanticism In Wuthering Heights

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Setting Yorkshire moors, England 1750-1802
The title Wuthering Heights comes from one of the two houses in the novel, a dark,
Genre Tragedy
Historical Information
Romanticism: artistic and intellectual movement that began as a reaction to the logic and rationality of the Enlightenment, and focused on the sublimity of nature
Stressed emotion, rather than reason, as the source of beauty, art, and true knowledge
Married woman could not own property, when they were married, and became “one entity” the property always belonged to the husband.
Themes (2)
Love: Heathcliff and Catherine have an all-encompassing love for each other that continues until they die. Edgar loves Catherine as well, but they are not soulmates the way Heathcliff and Catherine are.
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” -pg. 127
Revenge: Heathcliff is focused on getting revenge on Hindley for his mistreatment as a child, as well as getting revenge on Edgar for marrying Catherine and for looking down on him. “I’m trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back. I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last. I hope he will not die before I do!” pg. 95
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Symbols (2)
Weather: The weather in Wuthering Heights often symbolizes the mood of the character, such as the storm when Heathcliff hears Catherine say she will marry and runs away, and Catherine stays out in the storm looking for him.
The Moors: The
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