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Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë
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I am trying to find a theme for my thesis that would unite my passions for psychology and Wuthering Heights. Do you have any suggestions?

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A thesis that combines Wuthering Heights with psychology might examine the various Freudian perspectives that have been put forward to interpret the story.

A good starting point would be Linda Gold's interpretation, which posits the Freudian notion that Catherine, Heathcliff, and Edgar represent, respectively, the ego, id, and superego.

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A thesis that combines Wuthering Heights with psychology might examine the various Freudian perspectives that have been put forward to interpret the story.

A good starting point would be Linda Gold's interpretation, which posits the Freudian notion that Catherine, Heathcliff, and Edgar represent, respectively, the ego, id, and superego.

Catherine is the ego in that she controls Heathcliff, the id, until such time as the ego's urges are fulfilled.

Heathcliff is the id in that his personality expresses the most primitive of drives. There is something almost primal about Heathcliff, something that sets him apart from polite society. His wild, primitive character is the perfect embodiment of Freud's concept of the id.

Edgar is the superego insofar as he represents society, with all its norms, rules, and regulations designed to keep primal subconscious impulses firmly in check—the very same primal subconscious impulses that are regularly displayed by the wild and dangerous Heathcliff.

If one were to use this as a starting place for a possible thesis, it would be important to examine some of the critiques that have been made of Freud's theories in general and of Gold's application of them to Wuthering Heights in particular.

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