Suggested Essay Topics
1. Compare and contrast the characters Heathcliff and Lockwood. Does Lockwood’s impression of Heathcliff change by the time he leaves Wuthering Heights?
2. Discuss the meaning of the name of Heathcliff’s home, Wuthering Heights. Does the name reflect on Heathcliff’s personality or the home itself?
1. Discuss Lockwood’s use of flowery Victorian language in assuming Heathcliff and Cathy are husband and wife. Why do you feel he would choose such language?
2. Discuss Lockwood’s plan to woo Cathy away from Hareton. Argue whether or not Lockwood has genuine feelings for Cathy.
1. Although Lockwood is a minor character, Brontë provides sufficient information for us to develop a clear picture of him. Write a brief character sketch describing Lockwood, focusing on his perceived similarities to Heathcliff.
2. In many novels, the setting functions like a character; without its unique qualities, the story wouldn’t be the same. Describe the Yorkshire countryside, giving reasons why its characteristics are essential to the novel.
1. Discuss the difference between the way Mr. Earnshaw treats Hindley and Heathcliff. Based on your reading of the novel, argue whether or not Mr. Earnshaw has any legitimate reason(s) why he treats Heathcliff better than Hindley.
(The entire section is 1015 words.)
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