Wuthering Heights Title Analysis

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Title: also provide an explanation of the title and its importance throughout the novel.
Author: Emily Bronte
Setting: English Moors, from 1771-1801
Genre: Gothic/Tragedy
Historical context: Published in 1847. Romanticism and the writings of Lord Byron were incredibly popular at the time, and had been like that for nearly 30 years.
Theme; select two major themes.
Love
“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary.” - Catherine
Rights of Women at the time
“But tell him, also, to set his fraternal and magisterial heart at ease: that I keep strictly within the
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This represents how Heathcliff’s personality pushes people away.
When Heathcliff and Isabella elope, he violently hangs her dog. This foreshadows how Isabella will be treated by Heathcliff as their marriage progresses.
Character Development: Heathcliff
Heathcliff serves as the somewhat-sympathetic protagonist of the first part of the novel, and the antagonist of the second part
Catherine’s rejection of heathcliff changes him, and causes him to leave Wuthering Heights for years. He eventually returns as a rich, powerful, and immoral man, set on his singular goal to take revenge on those who he believes wronged him.
Motivated by his love for catherine and his single-minded desire for revenge against the people of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange
The conflict ends with the death of Heathcliff, as the two surviving characters (Hareton and Cathy) attempt to move on from the destruction Hareton’s adopted father (and Cathy’s father-in-law) caused, and do what he could never do (live with the love of his life).
Heathcliff’s love and passion for Catherine leads to most of the novel’s events, reinforcing the novel’s themes of extreme passions leading to an extreme
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