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Themes of Wuthering Heights Essay

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The novel Wuthering Heights is written by Emily Bronte. The narrative is non-linear, between several flashbacks, and involves two main narrators - Mr. Lockwood and Ellen "Nelly" Dean. The book opens in 1801, with Lockwood coming at Thrushcross Grange, a house on the Yorkshire moors he is leasing out of the impolite Heathcliff, who lives at local Wuthering Heights. Lockwood spends the night at Wuthering Heights and has a terrifying dream: the ghost of Catherine Earnshaw, faking to be admitted to the house from outside. Intrigued, Lockwood asks that the housekeeper Nelly Dean to tell the story of Heathcliff and Wuthering Heights while he is staying at the Grange recovering from a cold. Some of the important themes in Wuthering Heights are, revenge, reciprocated and unreciprocated love, obsession, selfishness, and obligation. Bronte mainly focuses on the love between Catherine and Healthcliff. The distinction between the sensation which Catherine has for Heathcliff and the one she believes for Edgar is that Heathcliff is part of her nature, he is like her soul mate. Even though on the other hand she just enrolls Edgar as a way enhancing her status rather than for real love. Revenge is the most dominant motif in the book, though at the conclusion Heathcliff abandons his plan to get revenge. For Heathcliff revenge began when Hindley used to abuse him when they were younger. He began to hate him and wished to seek revenge. After he returned from his trip that he made Hindley’s life miserable.Heathcliff also needed revenge on Edgar who married the girl he loves. In the previous chapter Heathcliff first believes that if he can avenge the death of Catherine he'll somehow grow nearer to her. Although the exact opposite occurs. When Hea...

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