"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte.

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Author Emily Brontë, in the novel Wuthering Heights, suggests, in my opinion, the theme, that humans of a higher social class wish to be accepted by society so much so that they ruin their own lives and try always to make others happy, unknowingly at first, but later, knowingly. First of all, Catherine Earnshaw realizes her undying love for Heathcliff, but, because he is uneducated and "gypsy-like", she marries the well off Edgar Linton. Throughout her marriage she feels her love for Heathcliff and it is this love that causes her sickness which leads to her death. Then, later on, her daughter Cathy Linton makes the same mistake. She doesn't know her true love yet, but is introduced to her cousin, Linton Heathcliff, and decides that she loves him. At the time of her father's death, she marries Linton, later realizing that he isn't her true love. After Linton's death, she gets to know Hareton Earnshaw and comes to the realization that he is who she was meant for.

Furthermore, the author demonstrates a human's need to fit in with society to make others happy through Edgar Linton. He despised Heathcliff more than anyone, but tolerated him throughout most of the story because of his knowledge of his wife's unconditional love for Heathcliff. In conclusion, Brontë clearly makes the point that humans always want something equal or above their stature and will try to make others happy if their love is strong enough.


The story begins in 1801 at Thrushcross Grange with the first narrator, Mr. Lockwood, recollecting his visit to Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights is one of the main places in this story. In the beginning, it is owned by Mr. Earnshaw, then is inherited by Hindley Earnshaw, then won over by Heathcliff, and lastly...