An Interpretation of Emily Bronte’s Gothic Complex in Wuthering Heights

Haijuan FU


This thesis, adopting gothic criticism, attempts to analyze Emily Bronte’s gothic complex in Wuthering Heights since it is the unique novel Emily has created and it is the mature embodiment of Emily Bronte’s literary thoughts. This thesis tries to have a detailed and close interpretation of Emily’s gothic complex in terms of the descriptions of the natural circumstances and settings, the portrayals of the main characters, and the profound love between the two protagonists. Meanwhile, this thesis also points out that Emily not only inherits gothic tradition, but also develops it. Then this thesis attempts to analyze the reasons of Emily’s gothic complex from the social background and from her life experience.



Wuthering Heights; Emily Bronte; Gothic novel; Gothic complex

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