How the gothic motif of good vs evil is presented in Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights and Macbeth

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Reema Begum                English Literature

Explain how the gothic motif of good vs. evil is presented in Wuthering Heights, Macbeth and Frankenstein.

The motif of good vs. evil is represented in Wuthering Heights, Macbeth and Frankenstein.

Firstly, in Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, the juxtaposition of the settings may be considered as good and evil. Wuthering Heights is depicted to signify the ‘evil’ in comparison to Thrushcross Grange. This is because in the first dwelling, ‘Wuthering’ is used to connote the atmosphere of the location. As ‘Wuthering’ connotes an extremely windy and turbulent area, it suggests that the inhabitants within the household lead chaotic lives. In addition, the isolated and exposed setting reflects upon the persona of characters such as Heathcliff. Essentially, Heathcliff’s character replicates the isolated and derelict setting. This is because his character is isolated and tormented by certain individuals in the novel, most prominently Hindley. Which is evident after Heathcliff is introduced since Hindley immediately begins the cycle of revenge by mistreating Heathcliff through abuse ‘imp of Satan’; the harsh language may suggests that Heathcliff is of evil blood and is descended from the devil as ‘imp’ defines a ‘little devil/demon’. Hindley’s negative behaviour portrays him as the ‘evil’ in this case as he may have been jealous of his father loving an orphan child more than himself.

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Though Heathcliff may be regarded as an ‘evil’ character in wuthering Heights, we must highlight that he has attempted to be a better person. Though Heathcliff wishes to change only his appearance ‘I wish I had light hair and fair skin, and was dressed and behaved well’ connotes that Heathcliff does intend to be a better person ‘behaved well’ However it can be argued that the situation of being an orphan and having unfair treatment ultimately lead him to become a ruthless and heartless character later on in the novel. On the other hand it can be assumed that the ...

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