1. To what extent do you think the setting of the novel
contributes to, or informs, what takes place? Do you think the
moors are a character in their own right? How do you interpret
Bronte''s view of nature and the landscape?
2. Discuss Emily Bronte''s careful attention to a rigid
timeline and the role of the novel as a sober historical document.
How is this significant, particularly in light of the turbulent
action within? What other contrasts within the novel strike you,
and why? How are these contrasts important, and how do they play
out in the novel?
3. Do you think the novel is a tale of redemption, despair, or
both? Discuss the novel''s meaning to you. Do you think the
novel''s moral content dictates one choice over the other?
4. Do you think Bronte succeeds in creating three-dimensional
Heathcliff and Cathy, particularly given their larger-than-life
metaphysical passion? Why or why not?
5. Discuss Bronte''s use of twos: Wuthering Heights and
Thrushcross Grange; two families, each with two children; two
couples (Catherine and Edgar, and Heathcliff and Isabella); two
narrators; the doubling-up of names. What is Bronte''s intention
6. How do Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean influence the story as
narrators? Do you think they are completely reliable observers?
What does Bronte want us to believe?
7. Discuss the role of women in Wuthering Heights. Is their
depiction typical of Bronte''s time, or not? Do you think Bronte''s
characterizations of women mark her as a pioneer ahead of her time
8. Who or what does Heathcliff represent in the novel? Is he a
force of evil or a victim of it? How important is the role of class
in the novel, particularly as it relates to Heathcliff and his