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Applying Literary Theory to Wuthering Heights

Theory Example in Wuthering Heights
Feminism How women are dominated by
patriarchal attitudes-
· Young Cathy, for example,
is forced to marry Linton
and looses her property
because she is female and
can't inherit it (she is also
emotionally manipulated
by him)
· Cathy-…

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Structuralist How does the structure affect
reading and understanding of
WH-
· Nelly's narration- her
interpretation
· Lockwood's narration- his
interpretation
· Binary opposites in WH-
before Cathy dies/ After
Cathy dies
· Events- Edgar, Heathcliff
and Catherine love triangle
repeated with Hareton,
Linton and Young Cathy
Psychoanalytical Heathcliff's childhood…

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· Heathcliff is dark skinned
& has no family
· Catherine- is lower class
and rural; outsider in
Edgar's high class world
· Young Cathy and Isabella;
both civilised and
outsiders at Wuthering
Heights, not used to
emotional events
· Hindely- becomes this
from family before his
death, as he…

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