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Consider one critic's comment on Wuthering Heights

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Consider one critic's comment on Wuthering Heights: "The novel everywhere organizes itself according to ... patterns of sameness and difference, as in the opposition between stormy weather and calm weather; or between the roughness of the Heights and the civilized restraint of Thrushcross Grange, or between inside and outside, domestic interior and wild nature outside; or between the stories of the two Catherines, or between people of strong will like Heathcliff ... and people of weak will like Lockwood." Choose three such patterns. Then write an essay to describe how each pattern contributes to the effectiveness of the novel as a whole. Wuthering Heights is a story with patterns of sameness and difference on the importance of listening to one's heart. ...read more.


The comparison between the two love relationships shows Catherine is making an error by choosing Linton because of what he has, instead of listening to her heart and marrying Heathcliff. Catherine rejects true love for position, and in this way she gives start to hate, caused by Heathcliff's desperation and his revenge. The similarities between the characters of the two generations in Wuthering Heights shows how things would have been if Catherine had followed her heart. The pattern of the first half of the novel is repeated with new characters in the roles the old ones once played. The triangle of Edgar, Catherine, and Heathcliff is reflected in the one of Linton, Cathy and Hareton, and the events are similar. Cathy is like her mother, Catherine Earnshaw, in her eyes, her strength, her independence, and above all her passion. ...read more.


The weather at the Heights is usually bad: snow wind or rain. On the other hand, Thrushcross Grange, is a comfortable and rich country manor. The weather is usually sunny and calm. Contrast is shown between natural, stormy passion, and civilization with its artificial side that hides true love. The opposition between the Heights and the Grange shows how Catherine's choice of Linton won't bring peace because she has forgotten about true love. Emily Bronte shows the importance of true feelings in life. She says that only if one listens to them can there be peace, because love becomes hate when the characters forget true love. Also, the structure of Wuthering Heights is an exaggeration of love and hate and shows the message. Emily Bronte shows how love wins over hate if there isn't influence from the outside. Love wins when Heathcliff at least reaches Catherine in the next life, and Hareton and Cathy marry. ...read more.

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