At the time, the depictions of mental and physical cruelty were unusual, and challenged the Victorian ideas regarding social classes, gender inequality, and morality. Readers were dumbfounded, unsure of how to best understand the material, causing a bit of a rift in society. No wonder Charlotte Brontë, her sister, wrote a preface and republished it later, with the intention of helping it become more understood.
Wuthering Heights Dog Names in Pop Culture
For example, when Lockwood, Heathcliff's tenant at Thrushcross Grange, tries to enter Wuthering Heights at the beginning of the novel, he finds a pack of dogs preventing his entry. The line goes "Two hairy monsters with the names Gnasher and Wolf attack Lockwood, and their lack of hospitality seems to reflect that of their master."
At another point in the story, Catherine and Heathcliff take their walk down to Thrushcross Grange. This is when they're young and Heathcliff is entertaining the notion of gaining Catherine's love. They look over, and see the Linton children fighting over a dog at the time.
Well, Catherine is bit by one of them, Skulker to be exact. And this plays a major, major role, perhaps the biggest of them all, aside from Catherine's death later on in the story. This is because when Catherine is bit, she is compelled to stay at Thrushcross Grange to recover from her injury. And when she comes back, she's changed quite a bit. Suddenly she cares less about walks and nature and Heathcliff. Instead, she cares about social climbing. Her obsession with status is what leads to her marriage to Linton, and eventually, her own demise (death).
So, to reinstate the importance here, Skulker plays a major role in propelling what is essentially the biggest part of the entire story. But dogs don't just propel things forward. Most of the dogs in the book are violent. Think of the names Gnasher, Wolf and Skulker. They're violent and sometimes foreshadow events that will happen later in the book. They're a symbol of change, of the inevitable, of the doom to befall pretty much everyone, and most importantly, Heathcliff's rage.
So, does this mean the novel is unworthy for animal lovers out there? Not at all. The dogs may be violent, but that's because Heathcliff, and the story itself, is violent. They simply reflect and add to the atmosphere. If anything, the story would be incomplete without them. Dogs may be depicted as violent, but they are critical to the story.
Wuthering Heights Dog Name Considerations
So, why name your dog after this novel? Because it's the perfect dark, Victorian novel. It challenged the ideals of its time, and is surprisingly relatable in this day and age. Even if none of us are as intense as Heathcliff, it's safe to say everyone goes through painstaking rejection or breakups. And it's always a difficult thing to grasp, leading to a period of isolation and depression. If you're the brooding type, and you want your dog's name to match, then this is the dog naming guide for you. Just remember to consider the dog in all of this. Things like the dog's breed, size, appearance, and gender are good starting points. Pay attention to personality and preferences a well.