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Is Wuthering Heights a moral or immoral or amoral novel? 

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kutub | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted January 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM via web

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Is Wuthering Heights a moral or immoral or amoral novel? 

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jkplunk | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 18, 2013 at 4:28 PM (Answer #1)

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First of all you have to consider the words and their definitions. Moral pertains to principles of right and wrong, immoral means not adhering to moral principles (intentionally breaking the rules of right and wrong), and lastly amoral relates to the idea that the state of morals is invalid. So from one stand point, Wuthering Heights cannot be considered an amoral novel because the characters are arguably aware of what it right and what is wrong. You could argue that Wuthering Heights is an example of an immoral piece of literature because the Cathy and Heathcliff break the rules of society that they are supposed to follow; for example, when Heathcliff digs up Cathy’s grave to look at her one last time. Conversely, you could argue that it is a moral piece because Cathy is aware of social hierarchy and decides to marry Linton. In conclusion, Wuthering Heights is a very complex novel and one could argue many different criticisms which is one of the reasons why it is such an excellent piece of literature. Just make sure that whatever point you chose to argue you find evidence from the novel to back up your claim.

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