English Major and Wuthering Heights
I intend to be an author. That is why I am taking a major in English. I would especially like to specialize in realism, naturalism, and gothic kinds of novels. Realism is characterized by complex characters with mixed motives in different social classes under various social structures. Wuthering heights being one of the realistic books during the Victorian era has a profound impact on my intended career path. Emily Bronte brings in not her suffering but of the world around her by idealizes reality about the social structure during the Victorian era, in Heathcliff and Catherine’s romance. Catherine refuses to marry Heathcliff because she sees him as a downgrade to her despite having affection towards him. The home setting of Wuthering Heights and that of Thrushcross Grange represents the ordinary daily lives of people.
Emily does not create characters with stereotyped behaviors but instead brings out the perfect-imperfect nature of human beings through her characters. For example, though Catherine Earnshaw is beautiful as told by Nelly “she had the bonniest eye, the sweetest smile”, she contains her dark sides and nelly describes her as proud. Heathcliff’s character, on the other hand, is not romanticized. His rogue and alienated nature are as a result of his childhood experiences in the hands of Hindley Earnshaw.
Emily feeds my appetite for gothic novels as it features a ghost story genre as part of its realism. Catherine Earnshaw is a ghost, and she scares Lockwood when he arrives at Wuthering heights. Besides, there seem to be tales that warn of evil spirits as Nelly narrates of “the old man by the kitchen fire” who swears he sees a ghost. In Victorian literature, the lower class was more believing in spirits than the upper level, and Emily brings this out clearly in Wuthering Heights.
Wuthering Heights is a classic novel that combines both realism and gothic themes, which act as a base or reference for my career path.
Brontë, E. (1870). Wuthering heights. Smith, Elder.