Paradoxes Concerning the Love in Wuthering Heights

Xiaoli BAO


This article tries to analyze novel Wuthering Heights. It is known Cathy and Heathcliff love each other. However, revolving around their love, there exist many paradoxes. Paradoxes related to their love and paradoxes related to the narration of the novel are what this article is trying to analyze. The analysis uses Genette’s Theories in the narrative analysis. First, the article discusses the role of the narrative levels and paradoxes that can be found concerning these narratives. Second, it states some events that are connected with the paradoxical love between two main characters. Finally, the article makes a conclusion by summing up the paradoxes found concerning this love.


Paradox; Narration; Love

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