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Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

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Questions for understanding this story. I am doing some research on Wuthering Heights, and during trying to comprehend the complicated details, I have encountered some problems.  The first questions arising were whether or not Heathcliff's being such a villainous person is resulted from the maltreatment he endured since he was adopted by Mr.Earnshaw into Wuthering Heights, or from the pain of losing Catherine to the hands of Edgar Linton? And if so, what makes him resort to violence rather than fighting Catherine back?   Catherine married Linton to "aid Heathcliff to rise and place him out of my brother's power", but since Heathcliff had left before she got married, what is her main point other than to be "the greatest woman of the neighborhood", if this is love? And her wild inclination towards him, whose soul she conceived to be hers, did not really aid her to get her true love. Not until she is taking her dying breath does she really emenates a real sense of affection she's always felt for Heathcliff why?    I have had a definite sense of the themes and symbolism found in the story, still, I couldn't understand those points, especially the reason why the keep making each other miserable rather than seeking comfort?

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I will address your first question. I do think that Heathcliff was influenced by the violence and abuse he suffered as a child. However, that does not necessarily dictate what kind of person he would become. Everyone has choices to make, and he may have been overly influenced.
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