At a Glance

Wuthering Heights key themes:

  • In Wuthering Heights, Catherine’s passion for Heathcliff contrasts with Edgar’s cold-bloodedness.

  • Heathcliff’s devotion to Catherine drives his thirst for revenge against Edgar.

  • Cruelty and sadism are shown through Heathcliff’s maltreatment of Hareton and Isabella as well as Hindley’s torment of Heathcliff.

  • Class conflict separates the penniless Heathcliff from the Earnshaws and the Lintons. Heathcliff knows that Catherine will not marry him because of his low social standing.

  • Nature mirrors the passions of the characters.


(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

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(Novels for Students)

Love and Passion
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