Emily Bront"e, author of Wuthering Heights, grew up in isolation on the desolate moors of Yorkshire, knowing very few people outside of her family. In the book, Bront"e contradicts the typical form of writing at the time, the romance, and instead composed a subtle attack on romanticism by having no real heroes or villi ans, just perceivable characters, and an added bit of a Gothic sense to the whole thing. Bront"e accomplishes this by presenting us with the anti-romantic personalities of Heathcliff and Edgar, main characters who are brutal and immoral monsters, who eventually die in the end. The novel's generally tedious atmosphere hardly creates a parallel to the typical romance where everything is laid out nice and neat and 'near-perfect " to the reader, but rather takes place on the barren grasslands of England, where dreary weather and something else a represent. Emily Bront"e's utilization of the character Heathcliff contradicts the impression of romance. Heathcliff's pessimism and self-absorption is evident when he says,' Linton would be nothing, nor Hindley, nor all the dreams that ever I dreamt.
Two words would comprehend my future- death and hell' (147, Bront"e). Heathcliff never reveals any " charm' like a romantic hero would, instead, he is everyone, '. The character Heathcliff is definitely not a romantic hero. Edgar is a very unromantic character. He really doesn't care what his love wants and becomes jealous and arrogant when he suggests that, 'The kitchen [be] amore suitable place for [Heathcliff]' (96). Edgar hates the idea of Heathcliff being happy so he practically disallows Catherine from seeing him.
Bront"e's creation of a bleak mix of bad weather, a setting of barrenness, and in the story which do not fit the romantic guid lines. This point is brought to attention early in the novel when Lockwood thinks that Wuthering Heights is, 'So completely removed from the stir of society. A perfect misanthropist's heaven' (1). Here, she is describing what characters think of the country side,' Yesterday afternoon set in misty and cold.
I had half a mind to spend it by my study fire instead of wading through heath and mud to Wuthering Heights' (14). Here again the countryside is described, ' there was no moon and everything beneath lay in misty darkness' (125). These descriptions are for sure not romantic. The novel, Wuthering Heights, can not be categorized as a classic romance of the time simply because Emily Bront"e was incapable of doing so because of the non-social life she lead, no matter how imaginative she was. This is more than apparent throughout the book, what with Heathcliff and his vulgarity, Edgar and his rude manner, and the story being so drab. The author also includes the deaths of most of the characters, until, in the end pretty much only two rel event characters are still standing untraditional to the romance.
The use of descriptions of the country side only add to the fact that this is not a romantic book. Bronte's work of art, Wuthering Heights, is truly not a romance novel.