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 about Heathcliff's last days and Nelly also tells him that young Catherine and Hareton are to be married, once and for all uniting the two families. As Lockwood walks back home, he comes upon the graves...
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Wuthering Heights was filled with so much angst and despair. From Catherine dying at child birth to Heathcliff digging up her grave just to be close to her and Hareton being stuck in such a toxic situation because his father is a drunk to Catherine being lead into marriage because she want to help her cousin which ultimately leads to Heathcliff taking everything she owns. Everyone were victims to either themselves or the events around them and leaves the reader with a sense of helplessness. However towards the end there is this type of peace and happiness that begins to cover all the bad things that happened throughout the story. Heathcliff dies in peace and Hareton and Catherine are to get married. And it feels like everything is coming a peaceful end with brighter days.