Wuthering Heights a Reader's Companion.
Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, and the narrator of the book, states that Heathcliff raises his hand and his daughter-in-law runs away. Sadly, male dominance was not an unusual idea in Victorian Times. Wuthering Heights was not always accepted, especially when it was written, because, along with showing truths of gender, it also opposed the norms society built for both genders.
She was also living at home to be sheltered from the world, because her father wanted to protect her. This hints that he beats her because she was expecting to be hit so she responded through scampering away before he laid a hand on her.
Although there are elements of truth in Wuthering Heights about the time period it was written in, there are also pieces that defy the norms of the gender roles at the time, too, within the novel. Laws stated men got the child in a separation and even so, Isabella, as a woman, relied on Heathcliff for everything.
But, she also puts her own slant on the plotline she's considered by many critics to be an unreliable eye-witness, and we can only guess the true intent of her gossipy tale.
Getting pushed around by his wife, Linton displays his weakness, but also crying out highlights his femininity. Heathcliff personally experienced the pain being a lower class citizen of England in this time period, and he still passes on that life to his step-nephew. Nightingale, Florence.
Though, after Cathy and Heathcliff are dead, these similar souls joined