Review: Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

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  • Title: Wuthering Heights
  • Author: Emily Brontë
  • Publishing house: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Genre: English Literature, Coming of age
  • Appreciation: ♥♥♥♥♥

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. 

My review:

Mr. Lockwood is the new tenant of the manor house called Thrushcross Grange. Here he meets his landlord Heathcliff, a wealthy man who lives in the manor of Wuthering Heights, four miles away from the Grange.When he meets Heathcliff he noticed something strange about Heathcliff and its denizens. In his manor Lockwood asks his housekeeper Nelly Dean to tell him the story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff and their history together. That is when Mr. Lockwood finds out the love story between Catherine and Heathcliff. Despite their love for eachother Catherine marries another man, and that is the moment Heathcliff really wants to avenge everything that has been done to him.

At first I had a lot of sympathy for Heathcliff, but it is later in the story that I really found out what a sadistic person he really is. For me he is the one that drives the entire plot because of his need to take revenge for what was done to him. If he suffers, everyone needs to suffer.
Catherine on the other hand is no sweetie herself. She is socially very ambitious and that is also the reason why she married antother man. I think a lot of suffering could have been avoided if she just married Heathcliff, but then again we wouldn’t have this great story.

This is the first classic that I read and at first I found it hard to get into the story. Wuthering Heights is written in old English so I really needed to focus on the text. When I was past this stage I really got to enjoy the story. It has different layers of meaning and it is written beautifully! Her writing style is really poetic and Brontë describes a lot. She describes not only the surroundings of the heights but also the characters. You know exactly how a character is personally and how they look.

My conclusion is that this is a destructive but passionate love story. And because of the raw passion between Catherine and Heathcliff, this story can be emotional intense. It shows human feelings on different levels. It actually let readers see what a human being can be capable of when driven to a certain point. Brontë used themes like growth and change, social class, nature and culture in her book.

A quote that shows the passion between Catherine and Heathcliff:

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

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