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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Barron's Booknotes
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1. B
2. C
3. A
4. C
5. B
6. B
7. C
8. C
9. B
10. A

11. If you do not think this is a novel about love, begin by
stating what it is about-revenge, rebellion, or whatever.
Discuss how this is different from love. Refer to specific
relationships, scenes, and plot lines in the book to show why
the theme you've chosen is more important than the theme of

If you do think this is a novel about love, begin by describing
what kind of love Bronte is presenting. Then choose specific
characters, relationships, and scenes that illustrate this type of
love. Show how the book as a whole develops the theme of
love, by comparing and contrasting different loves in the book
(Heathcliff's and Edgar's, for example, or the two Cathys') and
discussing the ending as a resolution of the theme of love. -

12. First briefly discuss the book's complicated narrative
structure-who gets to tell which parts of the story, and how
these different narratives affect your point of view. Then focus
on Edgar. Discuss his personality and his role in the book.
What kind of story might he have told? How would that have
changed the novel's point of view or its themes? -

13. In discussing the two houses you should look at all the
elements of the book, since the houses are the two poles around
which the novel is structured. Begin by defining the qualities
associated with each house, then show how these qualities are
developed. Contrast the physical aspects of the places
themselves as settings. Compare two characters, such as
Heathcliff and Edgar, as the prime examples of the two worlds,
and then discuss other characters as you see fit. The question
does not ask you to judge which house is better or which one
Bronte prefers, but you could discuss that, too. Or, if you don't
think one is better, discuss the effect of the perpetual tension
between the two. -

14. You should discuss both possibilities briefly in your
opening paragraph-which elements of this novel seem mystical
and which seem realistic? Then choose one side or the other to
explore at length. You may also argue that she is both, but if
you do so you should explain how such seemingly opposite
outlooks work together in her writing. Be sure to support your
argument with specific evidence from the novel. For example,
talk about her mystical belief in spirits when Cathy's ghost
speaks to Heathcliff, or her realistic discussion of inheritance
and property rights. -

15. Begin by defining hero. You can define it either as the main
character or as the most sympathetic character in the book. If
you're judging him as the main character, show whether he is
central to the plot and to the novel's themes. If you don't think
he is the main character, argue who you think is more

If you're judging Heathcliff as a sympathetic character, begin
by discussing his personality and what happens to him. Show
how he fits into the novel's moral outlook, and what his
dramatic appeal is. If you don't think he is the most
sympathetic character, discuss the character you find most
sympathetic, and compare that character to Heathcliff. -

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