“Wuthering Heights” And Thomas Carlyle

I really enjoyed finishing the novel “Wuthering Heights”. I think a few themes I thought about it towards the ending are that revolving around love, wealth, and class. For example, Heathcliff treats Catherine horribly throughout the novel, but once she dies, he becomes of obsessed with her, and even talks to her ghost. Catherine, though, falls for Heraton before she dies even though he is not of the same class as Heathcliff. I found this interesting because Heathcliff feels so much better than everyone else throughout the novel, even though in the end, he doesn’t “get the girl”, but he does get the Grange, and that is much more important to him anyway.

Once the novel turns back to present and we as the reader are reminded of Lockwood being told this story, I began to wonder if Heathcliff felt guilty for the way he acted in his life. I feel as though Heathcliff’s honesty about his story would lead him feel sorrow for the way he treated people. Especially since in the end, although Heathcliff ends up with the grange, he is alone. This idea of thinking about materialism over love and happiness reminds me of the ideals of Thomas Carlyle. Carlyle writes that the obsession with class and wealth leads to the destruction of ones self, and I think this is something Healthcliff realizes as he enters his old age.

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