Gothic Settings Are Desolate, Alienating and Full of Menace

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“Gothic settings are desolate, alienating and full of menace” Within Wuthering Heights, ‘the moors’ is a setting that is seemingly desolate, this landscape is presented as wild and untameable, “gaunt thorns stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun” with a life of it own, therefore making it seem more menacing. Furthermore it is also shown as difficult to cross, For example when Isabel travels across the moors from Wuthering Heights to Thrushcross grange she is “ “ therefore providing this setting with a sense of power, and making it more powerful than the people within it. Even the ghost of Cathy that appears in chapter three says “I lost my way on the moors” here Bronte could be suggesting that even a character who finds the moors comforting and enjoys spending time there can even manage to get lost. Also the moors provide a barrier between Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross grange, ultimately making the height seem even more desolate. The house of Wuthering Heights is introduced into the novel in a storm. This pathetic fallacy gives an insight into the main feel of the Wuthering heights manor and also the darkness it will bring later on in the novel. The house itself is an old stone building that seems daunting to the reader and very uneasy, the words that are used to describe the house are of a cruel and conficting nature, “kitchen was forced to retreat altogether into another quarter”. Furthermore, Wuthering heights could be seen as having an effect on the people that live there, for example its depressing nature and desolate location could have effected that characters behaviour, making them more cruel, maybe due to their isolation. This could also be suggested through Heathcliff and Catherine as it was only when they were away from the house and roaming the moors together that they truly are able to be themselves together.

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