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Wuthering Heights Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan for Wuthering Heights, teachers and professors will be able to help their students understand Emily Bronte's complex characters of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Additionally, this plan provides a comprehensive guide to the novel's central themes of revenge, duality of personality, crime and punishment, and good (love) versus evil. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Describe Heathcliff. He is dark, like a gypsy, with black eyes. He is handsome and dresses as a gentleman, yet he is sullen, short-tempered, and very reserved. It is obvious that he does not welcome visitors and does not like the people with whom he lives.
- Describe Catherine. She is very much her own master. She teases and provokes her entire family with pretended insolence. She adores Heathcliff, is saucy to her father, and yet appears to be not actually malicious but high-strung and too carefree.
- How does Heathcliff begin his revenge on Hindley (and ultimately gain control of his land)? While living at Wuthering Heights, he plays cards with Hindley--and beats him badly, winning great debts from Hindley. (Eventually, this is how he gains control of Wuthering Heights.)
- Why does Catherine put herself into a fit? She wants both Edgar and Heathcliff for herself. She cannot reconcile them nor stop Heathcliff from "courting” Isabella. Thus, her power over everyone is diminishing. Her violent passions cause her to have a fit and lock herself in her room for days.
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