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by Emily Brontë

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

There are internal conflicts in Wuthering Weights, including Catherine's being torn between Linton and Heathcliff, and external ones, such as Heathcliff's desire for revenge.

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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 embarks on a path of revenge against him and his descendants. Heathcliff also has a grudge against the Lintons for the way they mistreated him. Heathcliff's vengeful nature leads him to come into conflict with almost everyone, inducing Linton, Isabella, Hindley, and Hareton.

Catherine is internally conflicted between her attraction for Heathcliff and her desire for a civilized life and advantageous marriage to Edgar. Edgar himself is relatively weak and passive by nature but becomes a target of Heathcliff's bitterness due to his marriage.

Hindley mistreats both Heathcliff and his own son Hareton, and Hareton thus is in conflict with Hindley. Heathcliff also seduces Isabella as part of his revenge plot but is an abusive husband, and Isabella and Heathcliff end up antagonists.

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