fear in wuthering heightsWatch
does anyone have ideas on how fear is explored in wuthering heights thanks
*From the start of the novel, the uncanny descriptions of the Heights puts us at a sense of unease; the sheer ambiguity of Heathcliff is also a source of fear - Bronte makes the unknown very fearful.
*The dogs at the Heights are an embodiment of violence. Look at some of verbs Bronte uses to describe their actions - it's quite terrifying and certainly does not put us at peace.
*The dream scene amplifies this with the uncanny appearance of Catherine's ghost, the blood, Lockwood's transposition from an observer into an active participant, how he is trapped in the recess of the panelled bed, it's all very disturbing. It leads onto Heathcliff pleading at the window, which initiates the idea of doubling and can be argued to be fearful in the implication of how love has changed him.
*Look at the way he is treated, the fight scenes, the battle for power, the choice of conformity and not love, illness (perhaps metaphorical) and the domestic violence he imposes on Isabella.
*His necrophilic desires at the end capture some fear too, I would argue.
*The ending, while arguably peaceful and harmonic, is quite dark and grim. Even though she calls them 'slumbers', the words 'fluttering', 'breathing' and 'unquiet' raise, even as they deny, the spectre of inquietude. It's really quite terrifying.
I personally think Wuthering Heights is more hopeful than fearful, but there are some points that you could use to construct a vivid counter argument