Wuthering Heights

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Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights, grew up in

isolation on the desolate moors of Yorkshire, knowing very

few people outside of her family. In the book, Brontë

contradicts the typical form of writing at the time, the

romance, and instead composed a subtle attack on

romanticism by having no real heroes or villians, just

perceivable characters, and an added bit of a Gothic sense

to the whole thing. Brontë accomplishes this by presenting us

with the anti-romantic personalities of Heathcliff and Edgar,

main characters who are brutal and immoral monsters, who

eventually die in the end. The novel's generally tedious

atmosphere hardly creates a parallel to the typical romance

where everything is laid out nice and neat and "near-perfect"

to the reader, but rather takes place on the barren grasslands

of England, where dreary weather and something else are

present. Emily Brontë's utilization of the character Heathcliff

contradicts the impression of romance. Heathcliff's

pessimism and self-absorbtion is evident when he says,

"Linton would be nothing, nor Hindley, nor all the dreams

that ever I dreamt. Two words would comprehend my future

- death and hell" (147, Brontë). Heathcliff never reveals any

"charm" like a romantic hero would, instead, he is abussive

to everyone, " . The character Heathcliff is definitely not a

romantic hero. Edgar is a very unromantic character. He

really doesn't care what his love wants and becomes jealous

and arrogant when he suggests that, "The kitchen [be] a

more suitable place for [Heathcliff]" (96). Edgar hates the

idea of Heathcliff being happy so he practically disallows

Catherine from seeing him. Brontë's creation of a bleak mix

of bad weather, a setting of barrenness, and in the story

which do not fit the romantic guidlines. This point is brought

to attention early in the novel when Lockwood thinks that

Wuthering Heights is, "So...
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