Ask yourself what makes a good relationship, and generate a set of criteria for evaluating the marriages/relationships in the novel. Rank the relationships in order, from most to least passionate, then from most to least loving. Provide textual evidence for your rankings.
2. Write a brief description of the couple’s relationship, referring to specific textual examples
3. Consider each character’s motivations for becoming involved in his or her relationship (beyond “s/he was in love!!”). Which characters fall in love and/or marry for “good” reasons? For “bad” reasons? Why do the characters who make “bad” choices feel compelled to make them?
4. Do you think Bronte approves of or endorses each relationship, based on the way the relationship is described in the novel and the fate of the characters in the relationship.
5. Think about the future of Cathy and Hareton. Ostensibly, they have a chance for a happy relationship. Does the text provide any hints that these characters, too, are doomed?
6. Write an essay about the relationship in Wuthering Heights that you find most interesting. Discuss character motivation and the nature of the relationship. Use textual support to validate your claims about the novel. You may wish to focus on particular scenes in the novel, such as Catherine’s explanation for her love for Heathcliff in Chapter 9; Nelly’s description of Edgar and Catherine’s married life in Chapter 10; Isabella’s
description of her married life with Heathcliff in Chapter 13; or Nelly’s description of the beginning of Cathy and Hareton’s relationship in Chapter 32.