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Wuthering Heights is a gothic novel written by Emily Bronte, designed to both horrify and fascinate readers. It contains scenes of passion, cruelty and supernatural elements, which are set in a dark and foreboding atmosphere. It is also a realistic fiction, which incorporates vivid circumstantial detail into a consistently and minutely thought-out plot, dealing mostly with the relationships of characters to one another. Lockwood is a newcomer to the locale of Wuthering Heights. He narrates the entire novel as an entry to his diary.The story that Lockwood records is told by Nelly, a servant who works for him. Lockwood writes most of the story in her voice explaining how she told it to him. The action of Nelly's story begins in the 1770s, taking place in or around two neighbourhood houses on the Yorkshire Moors-Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. The protagonists in the story are Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Heathcliff's great natural abilities, strength of character and love for Catherine all enable him to raise himself from humble beginnings to the status of a wealthy gentleman, but this need to revenge himself from Hindley's abuse and Catherine's betrayal leads him into a twisted life of cruelty and hatred. ...read more.


As Nelly was not immediate family she did not want to interfere with Catherine's decision making too much and did not warn Cathy of the huge mistake she was making in life the way she should have. Catherine was at a young age and was not wise enough to be able to tell which decision was right for her. Also after Heathcliff's immediate flee, Catherine assumed he would never come back and went along with marrying the wealthy gentleman. This is why that it may be argued that fate was the cause of their separation as much as social class. At this point of the story, not only Heathcliff's heart was broken but his pride, soul and desire to live were also destroyed. The damage done to Heathcliff's soul was no longer reparable. These events played major parts in why Heathcliff's personality was built up to be so brutal and revenge-seeking. The main reason for Catherine and Heathcliff's separation was because of Heathcliff's low social class. Catherine was of a much higher class and was also well educated at the time. Since her visit to Thrushcross Grange she was getting used to socialise with the upper class and act like a gentlewoman. ...read more.


Heathcliff had succeeded in taking revenge. Catherine's death was the culmination of conflict between herself and Heathcliff and removes any possibility that their conflict could be resolved positively; after Catherine's death, Heathcliff merely extends and deepens his drives towards revenge and cruelty. Heathcliff destroys Isabella and drives her away, Takes possessions of young Linton, forces Catherine and Linton to marry, inherits Thrushcross Grange, then loses interest in the whole project and dies. Hearton and young Catherine are to be married, promising an end to the cycle of revenge. The main themes in this story were the destructiveness of love that never changes and the precariousness of social class. The motifs were the doubles (Which were the children of the characters), repetition and the conflict between nature and culture. Catherine and Heathcliff's doomed love was a tragedy of lost potential and wasted passion. But the outcome of the second half of the novel celebrates the renewal and rebirth brought about by the passage of time and the rise of a new generation rather than mourning Heathcliff and Catherine. The cause of this separation was never one reason as it could not have been fate nor social class alone, which lead to the young lovers tragedy. It was most definitely a combination of both. ...read more.

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