Theme Of Gothic In Wuthering Heights

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Glimpses of Gothic in Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontё 's masterpiece, Wuthering Heights is considered one of the most unique gothic novels in Victorian Age literature, because it conveys the grotesque, the mystery and the desolation in a complexe and special manner. During the entire novel, the reader encounters elements of gothic fiction, meant to create a mysterious and tensionate atmosphere.

One of the most common elements in gothic novels is the isolated strange place, the deserted castle where the entire action is developped. Wuthering Heights, the main place where the events happen is situated in the isolated high moorland of Yorkshire in North England. Its gothic architecture is described by Mr.Lockwod in the first chapter of the novel : " Before passing the threshold, I paused to admire a quantity of grotesque carving lavished over the front, and especially about the principal door, above which, among a wilderness of crumbling griffins, and shameless little boys, I detected the date '1.500 ' and the name 'Hareton Earnshaw '. "(Chapter 1). The interior design of the mansion also creates a dark and grotesque atmosphere: "The floor was of smooth, white stone: the chairs, high-blacked, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade. In an arch, under the dresser, reposed a huge, liver-coloured bitch pointer surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies, and other dogs haunted other recesses."(Chapter 1). In this manner, the
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