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claraclover | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM via web

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What are some good thesis statements for writing an essay based on Wuthering Heights? Please give as many examples as possible.

I came up with some simple thesis such as 'Heathcliff is an example of a Byronic hero' or 'Wuthering Heights being one of the main settings, it represents Heathcliff and Catherine's wild nature and personalities.' ...but I wasn't sure if they were good and strong enough as a possible thesis.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM (Answer #1)

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Both of those are really good theses!~as long as you can back up your thesis with ample textual evidence and page numbers, according to the assignment you have, of course. Find a theme that you really understand and run with that. It sounds like you have a couple of great ideas.  Here are a few themes that you could also explore: Revenge, women in a male-dominated/social-status-climbing society, anger, and the notion of marriage and love relationships in the story and during the time period.There's also the crossing of physical (metaphysical) worlds as Heathcliff "sees" Catherine as a ghost. How does the supernatural play a part in the story, for example. Courage is also a good theme to discuss. Who shows courage throughout the story and who is a coward? I would say that even though Linton isn't much of a fighter, he's the calm and steady rock that Catherine needed in her life and that took a lot of courage to live with her and her demons.

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