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What are the main conflicts in Wuthering Heights and how do they relate to the novel's themes?

One major conflict in the novel is the class one, with Heathcliff experiencing resentment against the people born into wealth. Heathcliff directly comes into conflict with Hindley and as a result...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020 3:33 am UTC

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What is the significance of the title, Wuthering Heights?

Emily Brontë’s 1847 novel Wuthering Heights is frequently used as a standard example of Romantic and Gothic literature. This is because one of the defining features of Romantic and Gothic...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020 5:48 pm UTC

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What causes Heathcliff's revenge in "Wuthering Heights"?

Heathcliff is a character who is tormented by his love for Catherine and by his bitterness over his ill treatment by Hindley. Heathcliff has been treated as a favored son by Mr. Earnshaw, and...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2008 10:08 pm UTC

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Why does Catherine marry Edgar?

Catherine loves Heathcliff, but feels like he could never provide for her socially and financially the way that she feels she deserves. She proclaims that she would be nothing but a beggar if she...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2009 10:25 pm UTC

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How do Edgar Linton and Heathcliff compare and contrast in Wuthering Heights?

When it comes to physical appearance, Edgar Linton and Heathcliff could not have been more different. Heathcliff is dark, brooding and often unkempt-looking, whereas Edgar Linton is fair, blue-eyed...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2020 12:43 pm UTC

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Describe Heathcliff's death in "Wuthering Heights."

Heathcliff outlives his beloved Catherine by several decades. Throughout that time he is angry and tortured by the loss. He is determined to destroy the families he feels have destroyed Catherine...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017 2:24 pm UTC

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Describe Emily Bronte's style (diction, syntax and tone) in Wuthering Heights.

One of Bronte's many writing talents was her particular use of language. The tone is a description of the speaker's attitude towards his subject, and is best described by an adjective. The tone in...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2010 7:08 am UTC

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how did heathcliff reveal his charcter to isabella after his marriage to her? i want to know of the cruelties imposed...

Heathcliff tells Nelly that Isabella had the delusion that he was a chivalrous man, and he can hardly consider her rational for doing that. When she thought he was in love with her, nothing could...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 6:14 am UTC

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In Wuthering Heights, what is the significance of Isabella's dog being hung?

This incident can be found in Chapter Fourteen of this great novel, and is actually narrated to Nelly Dean by Heathcliff when he describes how Isabella foolishly decided to elope with him....

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011 3:20 am UTC

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Is Heathcliff the protagonist or antagonist in Wuthering Heights?

Heathcliff is undoubtedly one of the most complex characters in English literature, and that is that makes him so singularly unforgettable. A powerful force of nature, a dark brooding presence who...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2020 10:55 am UTC

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Does modern critical perspective help us understand Wuthering Heights better, or does it just confuse us? Discuss.

The nature of texts like Wuthering Heights is that "modern" critical perspectives can help us make new and valuable interpretations. When you ask whether such approaches can "confuse" readers, you...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 6:19 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the two houses in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights?

The houses to which you refer are Wuthering Heights, home of the Earnshaw family, and Thrushcross Grange, home of the Linton family. Both houses are family estates located in the Yorkshire moors...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2011 1:01 am UTC

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What are the Gothic elements in Wuthering Heights?

There are many Gothic elements to Wuthering Heights. These include the following: Setting: the Gothic genre is known for settings that are wild, forbiddingly beautiful, and isolated. Wuthering...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2020 12:21 pm UTC

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"Love and revenge are the two main themes in Wuthering Heights as they govern the whole story and grip us throughout...

There is certainly lots of truth in this statement. Love and revenge are two of the key themes in this novel that result in its plot and the way in which Heathcliff sets out to seemingly take over...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2012 2:46 pm UTC

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Why does Heathcliff elope with Isabella in the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë? What does Isabella discover...

Although Isabella casts Heathcliff as a romantic, Byronic hero whose hard exterior masks a tender heart that loves her, Heathcliff marries her to get revenge on the Lintons. He especially wants...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2019 11:58 am UTC

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What is the conlusion of the novel "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte?

In the conclusion of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, the tragedies, the wrong-headed decisions, the remorseless cruelties, the cowardice and judgmental rejection of past life at Wuthering Heights...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 1:07 am UTC

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How is Heathcliff succeeding in his revenge in Wuthering Heights?

Heathcliff succeeds in avenging himself against Hindley, who degraded him so much that Catherine could not think of marrying him. Hindley, an alcoholic, is addicted to gambling by the time...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2018 2:27 am UTC

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In Wuthering Heights, what is Lockwood's relationship to Heathcliff?

Lockwood is a tenant of Heathcliff's, renting Thrushcross Grange. As a conventional and outgoing person, he acts as a foil to the strange, fierce landlord he has unwittingly fallen in with....

Latest answer posted June 16, 2017 11:09 am UTC

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What is the significance of the ending/closing scene in Wuthering Heights?

For such a passionate and intense story of love and revenge, Wuthering Heights has a happy and peaceful ending. That is the purpose of the closing scene. Mr. Lockwood has just finished learning...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010 11:12 pm UTC

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Summarize Lockwood's two nightmares. How does Heathcliff react when he is told of the apparition at the window?

In Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Lockwood experiences two nightmares while he spends the night at Wuthering Heights because of a bad weather. In the first nightmare, when he falls asleep at a...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2013 12:55 pm UTC

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what are the differences and similarities between Catherine and her daughter Cathy?

This is an interesting question, especially as it is complicated by the fact that most of our information about the older Catherine Linton comes from Nelly Dean, a classic unreliable source. If we...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 2:23 pm UTC

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In Wuthering Heights, when does Isabella write a letter to Nelly and why?

Isabella writes a letter to Nelly after she has eloped with Heathcliff and gone with him to Wuthering Heights. She is appalled by the conditions she finds there, and horrified at the diabolic...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2009 7:23 am UTC

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What impression does Mr. Lockwood form of Mr. Heathcliff when he first sees him?

The sociable Mr. Lockwood, isolated on the moors, wants to think well of his landlord, Mr. Heathcliff. Therefore, contrary to all the evidence before him, he decides at first that Heathcliff is...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 10:15 pm UTC

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Is Heathcliff a hero or a villain in Wuthering Heights?

Heathcliff is both a hero and a villain. At different times in the book and with various characters, he has the potential to be a hero. At other times and with other characters, he is a villain. He...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020 11:29 am UTC

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What does the title Wuthering Heights symbolize?

The title Wuthering Heights symbolizes contrasting themes of freedom and nature versus darkness and gloom. Initially, it symbolizes joy in the beauty of the outdoors and nature unfettered from...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2020 11:45 am UTC

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What are the motives behind Heathcliff's elopement with Isabella?

Heathcliff elopes with Isabella to hurt Edgar and to avenge himself against Catherine's marrying Edgar Linton, whom he detests. By marrying Isabella, Heathcliff also gains power over her and...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2016 4:14 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Heathcliff and Lockwood. Does Lockwood’s impression of Heathcliff change by the time he leaves...

The two characters Heathcliff and Lockwood are definitely set against each other in Wuthering Heights, and, at first glance, do have some compelling comparisons. Both are outsiders to the bleak...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2009 10:29 pm UTC

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What is the role of education in Wuthering Heights?

Wuthering Heights shows that, in the days of its writing, education is tantamount to opportunity. Each of the characters receives different opportunities, all of them stemming from their level of...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019 4:08 pm UTC

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At the end of Wuthering Heights, what was the relationship between Cathy and Hareton and what were their future plans?

In the final three chapters of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, readers find out the resolution to the story. Lockwood returns to Thrushcross Grange later in the year after Linton's death and...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2018 10:08 pm UTC

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How do the Gothic elements in the extreme settings and sceneries contribute to Wuthering Heights?

In Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë uses extreme settings to establish a dark, foreboding atmosphere which quickly makes the reader suspect that the novel will not end happily. By using a new...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2020 4:30 am UTC

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Is Wuthering Heights a love story?

Wuthering Heights is a love story. In it, Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff grow up together in a dysfunctional household marked by physical abuse and alcoholism. They often escape together to...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2018 2:27 pm UTC

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What is the role of marriage in Wuthering Heights?

Marriage in Wuthering Heights separates people who are in love and causes misery to others. Bronte uses marriage to condemn patriarchal oppression. The great tragedy of the novel is that its two...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 2:51 am UTC

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Explain the following quote from Wuthering Heights:"Misery and degradation and death and nothing that God or Satan...

In Wuthering Heights, Cathy and Heathcliff pine for each other. Heathcliff is a total contradiction and continues to mistreat everyone around him, using them only to further his aims of ruining the...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2013 5:15 am UTC

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Why did Hindley Earnshaw hate Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights?

Hindley is insanely jealous of Heathcliff. He resents the fact that his father treats this dark, brooding creature, this "imp of Satan," like he's the Prodigal Son. Hindley has some major hang-ups;...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018 7:37 am UTC

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What is the symbolic significance of the marriage of Hareton and Cathy in Wuthering Heights?

Let us remember the strong role that family and bloodlines play in this novel. A key aspect of Gothic literature is the way in which family curses or evils are passed down through the generations,...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2011 8:13 pm UTC

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Why is "Wuthering Heights" on the A.P. exam? Emily Bronte, author

Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" ranks high on the list of major works of English literature for its powerful imagery, complex structure, and even itss ambiguity. This novel deals with the...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2009 2:56 pm UTC

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How has the New Criticism approach affected critical perspective on Wuthering Heights?

The careful, exacting scrutiny of the text characteristic of New Criticism, which was popular in the conservative era of the mid-twentieth century, certainly mitigates readers' emotional responses...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013 1:25 am UTC

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Discuss revenge in Wuthering Heights. In what ways is it connected to love? What is the nature of love in the novel?

Though commonly characterized as a romance, Wuthering Heights is largely about revenge, though the desire for vengeance always comes from hurt feelings related to love. When Mr. Earnshaw openly...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2020 9:30 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between Nelly and Catherine Earnshaw like in Wuthering Heights from chapter 11 to when...

From chapter 11 until Catherine's death, Nelly and Catherine have a strained relationship, characterized by Nelly turning against Catherine. Nelly, by her own testimony, has been alarmed by...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 5:53 pm UTC

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In Wuthering Heights, how does Heathcliff change during the last years of his life?

In her critical essay, "The Waif at the Window: Emily Brontë's Feminine 'Bildungsroman,'" Annette R. Federico writes, ...in terms of the first generation, Wuthering Heights is not a Bildungsroman...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 5:07 pm UTC

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What are the elements of Romanticism in Wuthering Heights? I'm writing a essay on Wuthering Heights and the...

The Romantics loved nature and thought it could uplift and redeem people. The Romantics also wished to convey strong emotions in their writing. They elevated true love above considerations of money...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019 10:28 pm UTC

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According to the American linguist and critic Mary Louise Pratt and her definition of "contact zone," what are the...

Mary Louise Pratt defines contact zones as spaces where people of different cultures come into contact, most often in ways that clash. In Wuthering Heights, two examples of people in contact zones...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2020 1:12 pm UTC

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How is religion presented in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights? Particularly in relation to Bronte's treatment of...

Joseph imposes on Catherine and Heathcliff a particularly fire and brimstone version of Christianity in which the two are constantly threatened with hell. Joseph seems to take a grim pleasure in...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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What is the significance of Lockwoods dream, and the subsequent reaction of Heathcliffe and his character development.

In the novel 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte, the character called Lockwood to whom the story is narrated by the housekeeper, has to spend the night in the creepy gothic house. Whether it is...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 1:24 am UTC

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Discuss the irony/symbolism used in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

It is indeed ironic that Heathcliff should be regarded as the epitome of barbarism—of all that is wild, impulsive, and savage—when it is the supposedly respectable Hindley Earnshaw who behaves...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019 7:41 am UTC

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Describe Catherine and Heathcliff's relationship as they were growing up.

Catherine and Heathcliff grow up as neglected and, in Heathcliff's case, abused children. They are left orphaned when their father (Heathcliff's stepfather) dies. Their guardian, Catherine's older...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018 12:19 am UTC

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Why does Nelly feel guilty towards Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights?

Mrs. Ellen Dean, called Nelly, feels a certain amount of guilt regarding Heathcliff because she did not like Heathcliff when they were young (she is only about three years older than him), and she...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2015 5:47 am UTC

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Is Nelly a reliable narrator in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë?

Nelly is certainly not reliable. She makes her dislike of Catherine quite clear and even when Catherine does deserve some sympathy (such as when she's worried about her decision to marry Edgar...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2018 2:53 pm UTC

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How can I connect Wuthering Heights to the Victorian era?

Wuthering Heights is both of its time and sui generis—one of a kind. It is quite different in tone from the novels of Dickens, for instance, and of most Victorians, including other women authors...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020 1:26 am UTC

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In detail what is the contrast between the Earnshaw & Linton families? The differences in personality traits of...

The Earnshaws, who live at Wuthering Heights, are a dysfunctional family. Mr. Earnshaw picks up Heathcliff, an orphan waif, on the streets of Liverpool and adopts him. Mr. Earnsahw ends up favoring...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2017 10:50 pm UTC

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