When Mr. Lockwood became a tenant at Thrushcross Grange he naturally became interested in the history of the place and its owner. During one of his visits to the owner, he gets caught in the snow and is forced to stay overnight. While staying in an abandoned room at Wuthering Heights, he learns part of the story about Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. This web of the relationship of love and revenge between Catherine, Heathcliff, and Edgar Linton is the major theme of novel.
Bronte presents her readers with a multi-sided portrait of love and revenge. Each of the characters loves at least one of the others. Each in turn, either purposely or unwittingly exacts revenge from the others. This is a complex tale in which none of the characters really understands the psychological make-up of the others or himself or herself.
Bronte creates and explores two halves of one soul. The souls of Heathcliff and Cathy are always trying to be united. Through the events in the novel, Bronte shows her readers that male and female characteristics can perhaps never be fully united or integrated. Neither gender is dominant but neither gender is truly happy either.
This is also a story about passion and naturalness. Heathcliff and Cathy are two passionate people. As children they are soul mates. They are wild, almost feral children who roam the moors, and they are one with nature. They are uncorrupted by "man made laws" of behavior.
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