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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

  

by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights Themes

Wuthering Heights Themes

Revenge

Wuthering Heights Video Even though the novel is a great (if twisted) romance, Brontë doesn't follow the strict guidelines of the genre: the revenge plot is just as powerful—if not more so...

Family

Talk about dysfunctional. Does anyone really like each other in this book? Instead of bringing comfort and peace, families in Wuthering Heights are a source of violence, alienation, jealousy, and...

Love

It's tough to really call Wuthering Heights a romance, since the two lovers spend so much time making each other miserable. Still, we know Catherine and Heathcliff experience some sort of transce...

The Supernatural

From beginning to end, there's no avoiding the supernatural in Wuthering Heights. There are probably more ghosts than there are humans in this neck of the moors. When the ghost of Catherine Linto...

Suffering

Just about everyone in Wuthering Heights suffers physical and emotional trauma, and many of them even die from it. Heathcliff avoids physical illness, but his love for Catherine causes an extraor...

Society and Class

Even though Wuthering Heights' two families live out in the middle of nowhere, they still abide by the totally claustrophobic constraints of class. The Lintons and the Earnshaws are both members...

Foreignness and the Other

Heathcliff is made to feel like an outsider by his own adoptive family, which fuels his desire for revenge. Wuthering Heights never makes it clear where he is originally from, although Mr. Earnsh...

Betrayal

Considering that Catherine bails on Heathcliff by marrying Edgar Linton, Heathcliff goes pretty easy on her. Heathcliff does disappear for three years, but when he finally accuses her of betrayal...

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