How Emily Brontë Fulfills the Expectations of the Gothic Genre

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How Emily Brontë Fulfills the Expectations of the Gothic Genre

Within this essay I will examine the social and historical background of Emily Brontë's upbringing, and the way her only novel, wuthering height, is related to the gothic genre.

Emily Brontë was brought up in a time very different from our own; she lived on secluded moors and without many of our modern day privileges, and became very close to her family. Many of her close family members died within her lifetime, affecting her deeply and leaving her emotionally scarred. The tragedy and misfortune of Emily Brontë's life is shown through her novel 'Wuthering Heights'. The many dark, sad and misfortunate parts of this novel which represent Emily Brontë's life
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'Opening his coat which he had bundled up in his arms.' 'A dirty black haired child.' This is when
Heathcliff is brought into the story, we don't know where he came from, what life he had been living and who are his parents.

Supernatural events are a common feature of a gothic novel. Wuthering
Heights show this feature through the appearance of Cathy many years after her demise. 'Stretching an arm out to seize the importunate branch instead of which, my fingers crossed on the fingers of an ice cold hand.' I believe that the appearance of Cathy's ghost keeps the readers interested and makes them wonder, as many people do not know what to think or believe when they hear of supernatural events as there is no prove that supernatural beings do or do not exist.

The gothic genre that Emily Brontë has used within Wuthering Heights is also portrayed through the overwrought emotion many of the characters have. Heathcliff shows a lot of raw and overwrought emotion throughout the novel. Through most of the novel he shows a loathing towards Hindley, because of the heartlessness Hindley showed him.

When Cathy starts to show her feelings for Edgar, Heathcliff begins to despise Edgar and show jealously towards him as he has the love of
Cathy. Like most gothic novels, most of the emotions in Wuthering
Heights tend to be fear, terror, jealousy, sadness and hatred. Happy emotions in gothic novels tend to come to an end causing massive amounts of

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