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

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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 universal themes of nature, cruelty, social position, and indestructibility of the spirit.

It is, perhaps, this last element--indestructibility of the spirit--with its brooding tale of passion and revenge that makes "Wuthering Heights" so powerful and popular.  Critic Annette Frederico sees "Wuthering Heights" as a feminine bildungsroman and early gothic tale; so, as such, this novel is important for high schoolers to have read.  Clearly, then, "Wuthering Heights" is a worthy work for the Advanced Placement exam since it sets standards for genre, style, plot, character, point of view (with two separate narrators, in a sense), and figurative language.

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