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02 August 2011

Gothic Novels - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte



We have often made posts about authors but never about books in particular. So I decided to start this new column about literature! Today I present you one of my favourites, Wuthering Heights !! It's not a proper gothic novel but it does contain gothic elements and it was written by  one of the famous Bronte sisters, Emily.


Who was Emily Bronte?


Emily had an unusual character, extremely unsocial and reserved, with few friends outside her family. She preferred the company of animals to people and rarely travelled, forever yearning for the freedom of Haworth and the moors. She had a will of iron – a well known story about her is that she was bitten by a (possibly) rabid dog which resulted in her walking calmly into the kitchen and cauterising the wound herself with a hot iron.
She had unconventional religious beliefs, rarely attending church services and, unlike the other children, never teaching in the Sunday School.

In appearance, she was lithesome and graceful, the tallest of the Brontë children (her coffin measured five feet seven inches – 1.7 meters) but ate sparingly and would starve herself when unhappy or unable to get her own way. As her literary works suggest, she was highly intelligent, teaching herself German while working in the kitchen (her favourite place outside of the moors) and playing the piano well enough to teach it in Brussels. Her stubbornness lasted to the end where she refused to see a doctor or rest while she was dying of tuberculosis.


Wuthering Heights...what is it about?



The story is about revenge love and death. It follows the life of Heathcliff, a mysterious gypsy-like person, from childhood (about seven years old) to his death in his late thirties. Heathcliff rises in his adopted family and then is reduced to the status of a servant, running away when the young woman he loves decides to marry another. He returns later, rich and educated and sets about gaining his revenge on the two families that he believed ruined his life..


infos taken from www.wuthering-heights.co.uk




Other facts:


I suggest you to listen to Kate Bush's song inspired by this novel called also "Wuthering Heights". It's not a goth song but it will make you shiver! This video I post you contains scenes from the 1992 movie they made out of the book!! :D










There is also an older movie from 1939 ! (the pic near the plot is from that movie!)
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