Wuthering Heights is a tale from one half of a pair of author sisters that moves slow and captures many elements of being incredibly enveloped in the industrial revolution. So many aspects of this time period come out in one character specificly, who almost cries back out at a certain class of people; his friends and family. The chief element moving these themes in this novel is the relationship between characters, and then the characters themselves. Emily Bronte creates detailed, deliberately paced atmosphere, with the characters again being a chief tool used to employ this. Many characters have contrasting views and they form cliques, while the reader witnesses their growth.
The foundation of the styles employed on Wuthering Heights is in its setting, use of nature, and of course, the very notable character of Heathcliff. The setup for it’s story and natures role is explained quite early with the character of Nelly Dean, the narrator of the story, who herself believes in apparitions. What’s interesting is that this superstition, which captures the characters in time, is what binds characters together. The aspect of nature is what I found very profound as well, with bits pantheism. Indeed, the characters who are early on waiting out the storm are in a desolate place. There is a glorification about the weather, and at a time when people are finding divinity in the forces of nature (this is also a way to make the construct of nature more appealing; think less about the earthquakes, more about the rainbows) it forces an experience that is frightening. It is the message bearer, as opposed to the reflection of a god’s beauty.
In support of this is the character Heathcliff. He is an all encompassing example of the Byronic character. His behavior is destructive but he is also himself seductive. Of course this makes for an exciting read; by chapter 17, Heathcliff has turned into a character so hated that Isabella even prays for his death and questions his capability at holding onto his own humanity. He himself has strange aspects of humanity; sudden gained wealth, small bouts of anger but no actual hints toward what a feared character he is becoming. He strikes so much fear, some characters even enter seclusion because their fear of crossing paths with Heathcliff forces them into hiding. He himself is also supernatural and tied into nature; as well as not explaining forms of his wealth and intelligence, his past is mostly a secret, his upbringings unknown to the reader, large chunks of time missing. Heathcliff is turning more and more miserable, yet he is capable of enchanting many people. At this point however, he seems more content on being moody and less like what was described as someone so much like the women he loved they found themselves unworthy. Heathcliff, in chapter 9, starts to let his true intentions known, thus fulfilling even moreso, his role as a Byronic heroe; “You are welcome to torture me to death for your amusement, only allow me to amuse myself a little in the same style…”