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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Barron's Booknotes
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1. Compare two of the characters, such as Heathcliff and
Edgar, the two Cathys, Heathcliff and Hareton, Ellen Dean and
Heathcliff or Ellen Dean and Cathy, or Hareton and Linton. -

2. Show why Heathcliff's role in the novel could have been
played by a supernatural creature such as the devil. -

3. Show how sympathy is created for Heathcliff despite his
evil deeds. -

4. Show why Heathcliff's fight is directed against the
oppressive landed classes. -

5. Explore the nature of Heathcliff's "strange change." -

6. Explain why Cathy marries Edgar. -

7. Discuss the different types of love-that between
Heathcliff and Cathy and that between Hareton and Cathy.
Why do you prefer one over the other? -

8. Discuss Joseph as a comic character. -

9. Explore the characteristics of Ellen Dean as a reliable
narrator. -

10. Discuss who you think is the dominant character in the
book. -

11. Describe what makes the characters in Wuthering Heights
different from those in other books. -

12. Decide with whom Bronte wants you to identify at various
points in the novel. What light does this identification shed on
the characters and themes? -

13. Analyze the psychological progression of Chapter 3. -

14. Analyze Cathy's mad scene in Chapter 8. In what ways is
her delirium a "higher" truth? -

15. Analyze the fight between Heathcliff and Cathy on her
deathbed. Who's right? -

16. Compare Isabella's version of the night after Cathy's
funeral (in Chapter 17) to Heathcliff's (in Chapter 29). -

17. Discuss the role of locks and keys in the novel. -

18. Describe how the author portrays books in the novel. -

19. Discuss the role of windows in Wuthering Heights. -

20. Analyze the portrayal of the supernatural in the novel. -

21. Some readers think there is a tension between the rigid
structure of the book and the wildness of the language. Explore
that tension and give examples. -

22. Discuss what you think is the climax of the novel.

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