Wuthering Heights: A Great Romantic Novel
The Romantic Period was a very imaginative and creative period of thinking. The literature produced during this period reflected this wild and free-spirited imagination. The works dismissed the Enlightenment thinkers in their claims of "Reason, progress, and universal truths" (Damrosch, 1317). Instead, these writers explored superstitions and had a renewed sense of passion for the wild, the unfamiliar, the irregular, and the irrational (Damrosch, 1317). Other common elements of the writing during this period were the returned interest of gothic romance elements, a fascination of exploring the inner world of the mind and the unconscious into its dark side, an interest in emotional adventures in exotic and remote times and places, an interest in the outcast people in society (outlaws, rebels, nonconformists, exiles, etc.), and an interest in characters performing dangerous self-explorations that take them to hell, and not always back (Agatucci, 1&3).
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, is an excellent example of a great Romantic novel, especially of the kind of romanticism known as Dark Romanticism. There are many different Romantic elements found in this novel, making it a masterpiece of the period. These elements include that fact that it is most definitely one strange story that is very original, emotionally charged, and imaginative and innovative (Agatucci, 4); its characters are very intense, passionate, go to emotional excesses, and even become violent; and it deals with the element of the supernatural and the antirational also (Agatucci, 4). Other Romantic elements contained within its pages include its Gothic setting that is sensual but remote, the dark romantic journey into the self by the characters Heathcliff and Cathy, and its dealing with the outcast people of society (Heathcliff and Hareton) (Agatucci, 4). This is not even the complete list of Romantic elements found within the books borders. To sum up the elements, one needs to include all of the conflicts found in the novel, both the internal and external conflicts. These include things like Nature vs. Civilization, the Wild vs. the Tame, the Deep and Elemental vs. the Superficial and Impermanent, and Natural Impulses vs. Artificial Restraint (Agatucci, 4).
All of these different elements are combined into this one novel, showing the avant-garde genius of Emily Bronte. She was a very creative innovator full of an incredibly gifted imagination and otherworldy sense for the supernatural ghosts of the past and the hidden personal demons found deep in...