Wuthering Heights: Gothic Subversion

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  • Wuthering Heights: Gothic Subversion
    • Catherine
      • Does not fit into the typical categories of Gothic female protagonists but does retain some conventions
    • Heathcliff
      • Difficult to class him as a hero or a villain - in traditional Gothic these lines are very clear
        • Highly emotional with love
          • '...howled, not like a man, but like a savage beast getting goaded to death.' - Nelly, after Catherine's death
          • 'It is preferable to be hated than loved by him.' - Isabella
        • Violent and aggressive
          • '...snatched a dinner knife from the table and flung it at my head.' - Isabella
      • More easily categorized as a Byronic hero -  typically rebellious, arrogant, anti-social or in exile, and darkly, enticingly romantic.
        • 'A half-civilized ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows, and eyes full of black fire.' - Nelly
    • Isabella
      • Initially a typical naïve 'damsel in distress' character
        • Her eventual scorn for Heathcliff makes her a stronger, independent character
          • 'I stared full at him, and laughed scornfully.'
          • 'blest as a soul escaped from purgatory, I bounded...'
  • Hopelessly in love
    • '...locked in an embrace from which I thought my mistress would never be released alive.' - Nelly
  • Highly emotional
    • 'I'm not wishing you a greater torment than I have, Heathcliff.'
  • Violent and aggressive
    • '...snatched a dinner knife from the table and flung it at my head.' - Isabella

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