"The Romantic elements in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront"

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Romanticism, the literary movement traditionally dated 1798 to 1832 in England, affected all the arts through the nineteenth century. Wuthering Heights is frequently regarded as a model of romantic fiction. What is more, it is said to construct a biography of Brontё's life, personality, and beliefs. In the novel, she presents a world in which people marry early and die young, just like they really did in her times. Both patterns, early marriage and early death, are considered to be Romantic, as most artists of the Era died young. What Brontё describes in the novel is what she knows personally, those are scenes somehow taken from her own life and experience that the reader encounters while reading the novel, and it is to say that her own…show more content…
The narration allows the reader to become a little more familiar with the Victorian society, which Nelly represents, yet, the society in the novel is said to be like a window, it allows the reader to see beyond, but to see through it, the window itself must be ignored (Langland: 173). Brontё also uses the metaphor of the window while presenting the character of Heathcliff, providing him with the features typical of a Byronic hero, whose presence in the Romantic novel is a commonplace. The Byronic hero, so named because it evolved primarily due to Lord Byron's writing in the nineteenth century, is crudely depicted as a young man, prematurely sated by sin, who wanders in an attempt to escape society and his own memories. It is so when his eyes are described as "the clouded windows of hell" from which the devil looks out. "The fact that Heathcliff's eyes refuse to close in death suggests the symbol in the metaphorical form (the 'fiend' has now got out, leaving the window opened" (Ghent 1987: 18). He is an orphan of unknown origins, he lacks family ties, and rebels against society. He attempts to win Catherine, now a married woman, back and when that fails marries Isabelle Linton, Edgar's sister, with the sole intention of torturing her as a way of avenging himself on Edgar for marrying the woman he loved. When Hindley dies Heathcliff takes care of his son, Hareton, in order to treat him as cruelly as Hindley treated Heathcliff, so he can be able to take

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