The Wolf In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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In Wuthering Heights, we clearly see that dog mainly regresses back into wolf as Wolves are not only ferocious creatures, but they are more violent and dangerous than dogs. While they are the same genus as dogs (canis) they are a different species: the wolf is canis lupus, the dog is canis familiaris. With the progression of novel, a violent and partially tamed dog is regressing into wolf as both dog and wolf are spoken as closely interlinked, when Joseph remarks ‘Hey, Gnasher! Hey, dog! Hey Wolf, holld him, holld him!’ 16 Genetically speaking, the wolf, of course, is biological cousin to the many forms of domestic dogs, and various forms of dogs do appear throughout Wuthering Heights. In particular, violence between dogs and humans takes place at important transition and critical points in the novel. Heathcliff is bent upon revenge and violence as in novel, when Heathcliff mentioned his intention that ‘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!’ 17
Of course, the wolf is a close relation to the domesticated dog; the wolf is, indeed, the wild version of the loveable pets found in many homes. In point of fact, "most authorities agree that all dogs… are descended from
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Besides this, the animalistic imagery is brilliantly used by the writer, and how the dog is regressing back into wolf, and how the emotionally instable Heathcliff becomes more violent and dangerous, and that is why there is so much violence, pain, bloodshed and death in this novel. Rather, Heathcliff is relishing the sadomasochism, by inflicting pain on others as well as on himself. From civilized world, we can see the fall of Heathcliff, and how he feels fit in the primitive and wild life of Wuthering

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