Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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The most important themes in literature are sometimes formed when a death takes place. In the book Wuthering Heights, do you think this statement is true? Provide 3 reasons supporting your argument...

The most important themes in literature are sometimes formed when a death takes place. In the book Wuthering Heights, do you think this statement is true? Provide 3 reasons supporting your argument and provide a theme that comes from the death.

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Death is certainly an important thematic element in Wuthering Heights. The first death to play an important role is the death of Mr. Earnshaw. Once Earnshaw is no longer present to protect Heathcliff, Heathcliff becomes the target of Hindley's abuse. This physical and emotional abuse hardens Heathcliff and leads to the eventual revenge plot that carries the weight of the second half of the novel.

A second death that plays an important part of the story is Catherine's. Heathcliff's confrontation with her before her passing leads to further distress on his part. He demands that she haunt him, and she seemingly does. He wanders the moors and becomes even more entrenched in his plans for...

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