Wuthering Heights Themes

Wuthering Heights key themes:

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

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

  • Cruelty and sadism come through in Heathcliff’s maltreatment of Hareton and Isabella and Hareton’s torment of Heathcliff.

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

  • Nature mirrors the passions of the characters.


When Mr. Lockwood became a tenant at Thrushcross Grange he naturally became interested in the history of the place and its owner. During one...

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Love and Passion
Passion, particularly unnatural passion, is a predominant theme of Wuthering Heights. The first...

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