Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Why was Wuthering Heights so named?    

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The novel was titled Wuthering Heights because much of the plot takes place at the titular manor. Cathy and Heathcliff grew up there and fall in love as teenagers.

Cathy's childhood activities on the moor were not considered appropriate in the Victorian era, especially not for a well-born lady. Rather than singing, sewing, drawing, reading, and so on, Cathy spent most of her childhood playing on the moors. She only transforms into a proper lady in the few years before her marriage to Edgar Linton.

The wild and rugged setting of the moors surrounding Wuthering Heights also mirrors Heathcliff's...

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Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" (1837) takes its name from the Yorkshire manor on the moors. In the native Yorkshire dialect the word "wuthering" means turbulent weather:

Symbolically, "wuthering" would refer to the stormy romantic relationship of the elder Catherine and Heathcliff which was doomed to failure from the beginning because Heathcliff is virtually Catherine's brother by adoption. The entire novel vividly portrays their tempestuous relationship and its inherent frustrations and failure.





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