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The Haunting of Hill House
Transcript of The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson
by Emily Bronte
In Wuthering Heights, it seems as if every character is either a Linton or Earnshaw. Family is a source of alienation, jealousy, violence and greed. Heathcliff is never accepted, causing him to take revenge.
In The Haunting of Hill House, Eleanor feels as if she is constantly held back. In order to break free she heads to Hill House, but still seems to be haunted by her past. Eventually she finds freedom through death.
An analysis of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson are similar revealing that the books are alike due to the reoccuring gothic genres, supernatural events, freedom, and family.
Gothic novels are categorized by an atmosphere of horror and mystery.
It is never clear within these novels, if the supernatural events are real or a figment of the imagination.
In both novels, there is an old haunted mansion, secluded in the woods, in which the setting takes place. The characters in each novel experience supernatural events in their own ways.
In The Haunting of Hill House,
strange events begin to happen in Hill House, such as doors shutting, banging sounds, and messages on the wall.
In Wuthering Heights, there are signs of the spirit Catherine, at first, and then Heathcliff, after his death.
Wuthering Heights seems to hold down the characters. Catherine and Heathcliff find freedom in the moors, but eventually as well, Catherine finds freedom in her death.
In the Haunting of Hill House, Eleanor is constantly controlled by her sister. Even after she leaves her sister for Hill House, she finds family within the group Dr. Montague creates.