Wuthering Heights is viewed as a conflict between savage and civilised.Do you agree?

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Oh, very definitely. Both Heathcliff and the house, Wuthering Heights, are savage. The house itself is in the middle of the moors, and always has a sense of turbulance about it. Heathcliff was rescued off the streets as a child, and is wild, off on the moors whenever he can be. Whenever he is described, everything about him is wild--his looks, thoughts, relationship with Cathy, and actions. Edgar, and the Grange, on the other hand, are the "civilized" part of the countryside. They do everything in the "proper" way there. Cathy's heart and soul are Heathcliff's, but she says something that is partially overheard by Heathcliff--and he leaves. After a long time, she marries Edgar, though her heart is not in it. Heathcliff returns, and his wild nature with him though he has left in order to become rich, a "gentleman" and therefore, he thinks, more attractive to Cathy. He essentially destroys both Cathy and his own marriage (to Edgar's sister...a marriage meant to hurt them all). Cathy dies after the birth of her daughter (also Catherine), and the tragedy continues through the next generation. The younger Catherine is like her mother, wild at heart, and Heathcliff, still wild, hurt, and angry continues to try to hurt and control what he thinks is his--anything related to Cathy.

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