Theme Of Domestic Violence In Wuthering Heights

1060 WordsJun 14, 20175 Pages
In Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847), there are multiple genres, notably Gothic and Domestic. The usually very distinct genres of Domestic and Gothic are mixed together so well in the book that it makes it impossible to categorise it properly as only one or the other. Emily Rena-Dozier makes the claim that “Wuthering Heights…carefully breaks down [the] opposition between gothic and domestic [genres] by illustrating the ways in which the domestic is predicated on acts of violence” (760). This essay will examine the story in regards to Rena-Dozier’s statement, at how Wuthering Heights uses the contrasting genres of Gothic and Domestic to illustrate how each can be found in the other, and how this combination of the two…show more content…
She talks about her daily life which involves the caring of the children and looking after the house, both very domestic features, and most of the story, and her life, are set in and around the house. As the strongest maternal character in the story, her descriptions of the children are often loving but she is not afraid to talk truthfully about their bad aspects. The narrative following the main character’s growth from children to adults, the five marriages that take place in the two households, and the changes of character’s hierarchy in society, all very domestic elements. Though Nelly has this maternal view and love of the younger generations under her care, she is still frightened by them, notably during Heathcliff’s final days with his sudden metamorphosis in mood from his general sullenness to being “uncommonly animated” (Brontë 328). During this time Nelly is quite unnerved by his drastically changed demeanour and one night goes to take him some supper. She is terrified by what she sees in his room, “The light flashed on his features… I cannot express what a terrible view I got, by that momentary view! Those deep black eyes! That smile, and ghastly paleness! It appeared to me, not Mr Heathcliff, but a goblin; and in my terror, I let the candle bend towards the wall, and it left me in darkness” (Brontë 329). After this frightful encounter Nelly is left wondering if he is
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