By Harold Bloom
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Extra resources for Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? ” (chap. 13) summarizes the traditional Heathcliff problem most succinctly, but Nelly’s “I was inclined to believe ... that conscience had turned his heart to an earthly hell” (chap. 33) more obviously echoes Paradise Lost. Again, that Wuthering Heights is in some sense about a fall has frequently been suggested, though critics from Charlotte Brontë to Mark Schorer, Q. D. Leavis, and Leo Bersani have always disputed its exact nature and moral implications. Is Catherine’s fall the archetypal fall of the Bildungsroman protagonist?
4), the servant Zillah vociferously rebukes Hareton for laughing, and old Joseph—whose viciously parodic religion seems here to represent a hellish joke at heaven’s expense—lets the dogs loose on Linton without consulting his “maister,” Heathcliff. In keeping with this problem of “equality,” a final and perhaps definitive sign of the hellishness that has enveloped Wuthering Heights at the time of Lockwood’s first visits is the blinding snowfall that temporarily imprisons the by now unwilling guest in the home of his infernal hosts.
That conscience had turned his heart to an earthly hell” (chap. 33) more obviously echoes Paradise Lost. Again, that Wuthering Heights is in some sense about a fall has frequently been suggested, though critics from Charlotte Brontë to Mark Schorer, Q. D. Leavis, and Leo Bersani have always disputed its exact nature and moral implications. Is Catherine’s fall the archetypal fall of the Bildungsroman protagonist? Is Heathcliff’s fall, his perverted “moral teething,” a shadow of Catherine’s? Which of the two worlds of Wuthering Heights (if either) does Brontë mean to represent the truly “fallen” world?