Nature’s Influence on Individuals

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In Emily Bronte’s, Wuthering Heights, and Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein, the utilization of nature-related imagery to symbolize shifts in moods of different characters, allude to underlying themes, and signify approaching tonal shifts. The two main characters, Victor Frankenstein and Heathcliff, display both a romantic and contrasting aggressive individualism with nature within their characterizations throughout both novels. This is shown in their inherent, initial behavior, and their after look when they both capture the aspects of nature that reflect their moods, which creates an environment for both Heathcliff and Victor in which they can take part in. By nature Heathcliff is prone to a lot of the negatives in life, simply because of his deprived early childhood, which clearly has its toll on his future. Not just nature alone, but those who participated in the cruelty, like his stepbrother Hindley Earnshaw. In Frankenstein, the character, Victor Frankenstein’s, responsiveness takes over any other of his emotions, leaving room for ultimate bliss. The serene landscapes in both novels act as a source of unrestrained emotional experience for Heathcliff, Victor and the relationships they have with other characters, such as Heathcliff and Catherine. The weather in Wuthering Heights is used to obscure, both literally and metaphorically, and creates a scene for the reader. In Frankenstein, there is an overpowering sense of greatness and power of nature, which causes Victor to experience the greatness, grandeur, and beauty of nature as to induce a sense of awe. A reoccurring theme in romantic literature is the emphasis towards a love of nature. The importance of nature is prominently shown through both of these analogies, as well as, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ntë, Emily, and Pauline Nestor. Wuthering Heights. London: Penguin, 2003. Print. Caroll, Joseph. "The Cuckoo's History: Human Nature in Wuthering Heights." The Johns Hopkins University Press, n.d. Vol.32 No.2 (2008): 241-257. Project MUSE. Database. 30 Apr. 2014. Conger, Syndy M. "Nature in Wuthering Heights." Modern Language Association, n.d Vol. 93 No. 5 (1978): 1003- 1004. JSTOR. Database. 30 Apr. 2014. Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. London: Penguin, 2003. Print. Stevenson, John A. ""Heathcliff Is Me!": Wuthering Heights and the Question of Likeness." Nineteenth- Century Literature Vol.43 No. 1 (1988): 60-81. JSTOR. Database. 30 Apr. 2014. Vine, Steven. "The Wuther of the Other in Wuthering Heights." Nineteenth-Century Literature Vol.49 No. 3 (1994): 339-359. JSTOR. Database. 30 Apr. 2014

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