'Wuthering Heights' Questions for Study and Discussion

Emily Bronte's Famous & Controversial Novel

Actor Laurence Olivier and actress Merle Oberon on set of the Samuel Goldwyn Company movie 'Wuthering Heights', circa 1939.

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Wuthering Heights is one of the greatest works by Emily Bronte. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Questions for Study and Discussion

  • What is important about the title?
  • What are the conflicts in Wuthering Heights?
  • How does Emily Bronte reveal character in Wuthering Heights?
  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
  • What are some symbols in​ Wuthering Heights? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
  • Are the characters consistent in their actions? Which of the characters are fully developed? How? Why?
  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?
  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?
  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
  • How does the novel relate to feminist literature?
  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
  • What is the role of women in Wuthering Heights? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?
  • What elements of the story, plot, characterization, etc. are the most controversial? Why do you think the book was banned? Do you believe the book should remain banned?
  • This novel has been compared to the Twilight series. Do you agree? Why? Why not?
  • Compare "A Rose for Emily," by William Faulkner, with this novel. How do the characters cope with rejection?
  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?
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