ESSAY: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE USE OF SUPERNATURAL ELEMENTS IN WUTHERING HEIGHTS
Anna Grinová 2nd year, AJ-NJ Winter semester 2012/2013 GrinovaAnna@seznam.cz
The significance of the use of supernatural elements in Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights is the most famous novel written between the years 1845 and 1846. It is the only published novel by Emily Brönte. The title itself suggests that the whole story will be in a gloomy, dark mood and give readers goose bumps. In this story, elements of Gothicism switch freely to the features of Romanticism. One finds typical features of the gothic style, such as supernatural elements, moonless nights, darkness, fear and frequency of unpleasant weather. The most significant element of Romanticism, which appears in the book, is an importance of imagination and emotions. The reason is simple. Romanticism was highly influenced by Medieval literature. “Due to the facts mentioned above, the great Emily Bröte’s novel Wuthering Heights is often considered a gothic-romantic story for it is satured with some of those typical aspects of Gothicism” (Teixeira). Supernatural elements can be understood as phenomenon which is impossible to explain. At times it seems too, that the powers of gods or magic are involved. Ghost, spirits, unexplained events and dreams are usually considered as paranormal and their occurrence is very high in Emily Brönte’s novel. As far as supernatural elements in Wuthering Heights are concerned, one can find them in almost all fields. The setting, characters and the whole story is rife with paranormal elements which make the book thrilling and readable. The name of the book already evokes a frightening mystery. “‘Wuthering’ being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of the atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather” (Brönte 24). Wuthering Heights represents a cold, stormy and windy setting. On the other hand there is Thrushcross Grange, which is...
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