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Title: Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 1848

Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 1848
A product of the Age of Romanticism
  • Emphasis on the natural
  • Importance of feeling over "thinking
  • Darker aspects of human existence
  • We may be vicious, brutal, and perverse
  • Light of civilization may not triumph over

The Lure of the Gothic to make your blood run
  • Taste for terror
  • Eerie and supernatural
  • Gloomy, often crepuscular setting
  • Wild and overgrown landscapes
  • Melancholic
  • Ghosts, specters, and monsters-
  • Murky lines between villain and hero

The Gothic novel was one way in which the
people of the Victorian Age expressed a sense of
helplessness about forces beyond their control
frightening rebellions throughout Europe and the
Industrial Revolution to name a
couple. Through this genre, readers could
share their fears about the Ages suffering,
injustices and other unseen evils.
Helpful Terminology
  • doppelganger- a ghostly counterpart- a double of
    a living person- specially when he/she haunts
    its fleshly counterpart
  • xenophobia- fear of strangers, outcast, or
  • frame story- a story within a story- layers of
    storytelling featured
  • wuthering- stormy and tumultuous
  • Fairy tale, medieval romance, wish fulfillment-
    see notes on website

George Gordon Lord Byron The archetype for
the Byronic Hero Mad, bad and dangerous to
know... Lady Caroline Lamb, speaking of Byron
Thomas Macauleys definition A man proud,
moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow and
misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind,
implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and
strong affection.
Characteristics of the Byronic hero
  • Devastatingly attractive, yet fatally flawed
  • Outcast- painfully yet defiantly alone
  • Individualist, a rebel- defy conventions
  • Intellectually searching
  • Brooding- usually over some past sin
  • Tenacious
  • Mysterious
  • Ambitious, but doomed
  • Misunderstood
  • Compulsion to experience the forbidden
  • Misanthropic

Characteristics of the anti-hero
  • anti-hero-a reluctant hero who would not consider
    himself capable of accomplishing the goal. He
    might be selfish, addicted, corrupt, sullen or
    disaffected. Rebellious- often a loner. By the
    end of the journey the anti-hero typically
    transforms into a fuller, happier or more
    complete person due to the struggles he or she
    endures, even if he/she has to die.
  • Examples of
  • Tyler Durden- The Fight Club
  • Dr. Gregory House from House
  • Breaking Bads - Jesse, and even Walter White
    for that matter
  • Dexter, the likeable blood-spatter expert for the
    Miami PD who also happens to be a serial
    killer...but kills bad guys only. Here we have
    hero and villain rolled into one compelling
    anti-hero package
  • John Proctor- The Crucible
  • McMurphy- One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

Guiding Questions
  • Use of our terms doppelganger, frame,
    xenophobia, Byronic hero, Structure, two
    peripheral storytellers, epistolary techniques,
    mid-point decision- why and effect?
  • Characteristics of gothic, revenge drama,
    medieval romance, fairy tale?
  • Evaluate the hero- moral, immoral, amoral?
  • Effects of castigation and isolation of character
  • Role of setting(s)
  • Role of violence
  • Perversion of convention- disquietude-contradictio
  • Evaluate the ending
  • Use of stereotyped characters
  • Treatment of love

Lockwood's Dream             
Lockwood attacked by Dogs             
Flight over Rooftops              
Bulldog Bite            
The Fall of Hareton              
Storm over the Heights            
The Return of Heathcliff              
Heathcliff embraces Isabella              
Deranged at the Grange              
The Last Meeting            
Birth Death              
Absorbing Subject            
Depictions of Catherine and Heathcliff
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