Date of Award
Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)
In Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte has provided vast opportunities to examine how her use of canine imagery illustrates isolation, territorial domination, fierceness, separation from man, lineal descent, and even a sense of fate. In order to examine how Bronte weaves canines throughout her story, one must build an understanding of Bronte's life and wolf societal codes. "Biographical Information" examines conflicting beliefs about Bronte, such as whether or not she was a particularly shy individual and whether or not she was particularly violent towards family dogs. "A Life with Dogs" examines Bronte's relationship with one particular family dog, Keeper and foreshadows how this relationship may be depicted in Wuthering Heights. "The Social Culture of Wolves and Dogs" describes how wolf society and domesticated dogs have similar and different codes of content and introduces the importance of the disperser wolf to understanding Heathcliff. "The Great Disperser: Heathcliff" extends the discussion to explain how Heathcliff is depicted in the tale as a lone wolf who desperately wants his own pack. "Artificial and Natural Worlds Collide" delves into the differences between the artificial constructs of human society and hierarchy compared to the societal constructs of canines. Finally, "Pedigree of Wuthering Heights" illustrates the various human packs that form and reform in Bronte's tale and how the interactions of these packs impact the characters within the story.
Copyright 2009 Catherine Wishart
Wishart, Catherine, "Canine Imagery, Symbolism and Themes in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights" (2009). Master of Liberal Studies Research Papers. 30.