Wuthering Heights is primarily told through journal entries and letters, making this book not only interesting to read, but also creating a puzzle for the reader to sort through the clues given on what time each event took place; as the events were not all told in chronological order. I believe I solved the author’s puzzle. While reading this novel I struggled with the vocabulary, though a lot of it was manageable through context clues, I did find myself reverting to a dictionary at a few points. All in all I genuinely enjoyed the journey Emily Bronte took me through, and I would suggest this book to a friend.
The story begins in 1801 when a man from London, Lockwood, begins renting a manor house, Thrushcross Grange, from the wealthy cruel man Heathcliff. Heathcliff precedes in an antiquated nearby manor house called Wuthering Heights. Once Lockwood’s curiosity peeks he asks his housemaid, Nelly Dean, to him the story of the large manor four miles away, and the miserly mid-aged man living there; while she told him of the love affairs, treachery, and deaths he recorded the story in his journal. She brings him back the early 1760’s when she was a young girl working as a servant for the owner at the time, Mr. Earnshaw, and his family. His family consisted of himself, his wife, and their two children, their son Hindley, and his younger sister Catherine. Until one day Mr. Earnshaw decided to adopt a dark-skinned boy names Heathcliff. Catherine and Heathcliff grew very close as Hindley stays distant, this distance grows to hatred and jealousy after Mrs. Earnshaw passes away and Mr. Earnshaw grows favoritism for Heathcliff over Hindley; in result of Hindley’s cruelty to Heathcliff Mr. Earnshaw send Hindley off to college. Unfortunately in 1777 Mr. Earnshaw passes and Wuthering Heights is left to the oldest son. Hindley returns with his new wife, Frances, to maintain the property and mistreat Heathcliff. That December Catherine gets injured on the Linton’s property by a dog; she’s forced to stay there for five weeks recovering with their two children Isabella and Edgar Linton, by the time she returns home she and Edgar have developed feelings for one another. A long year later Frances passes away but not before giving birth to a baby boy, Hareton. Hindley grows pathetic confiding in alcohol to console his heart break with Catherine and Edgar’s engagement; this only worsens how he treats Heathcliff. Heathcliff knowing Catherine still loves him, infuriated by her engagement and his mistreatment flea’s England for three years. When he returns Catherine and Edgar are in fact married, and he promises himself he will claim revenge then. Heathcliff blinded by anger and greed to take everything away from anyone who wronged him. Hindley passed about the same time Heathcliff married Isabella Linton so he’d be in line for Thrushcross Grange, leaving Wuthering Heights in his name. Catherine grew very ill and passed soon after giving birth to a beautiful daughter, also named Catherine. Heathcliff was awful to Isabella so she fled to London and gave birth to their son whom she named Linton; they stay in London to live peacefully. In 1797 young Catherine having grown up in Thrushcross Grange with Nelly Dean as her housemaid, grew beautiful and strong-headed, kept away from the dramatic life that comes with knowledge of Wuthering Heights. That all changed one day when she stumbled upon the massive manor house, she ran into Hareton and they became friends. Back in London Isabella grew sick and like many others to this point passed, leaving Linton to return to England and live with Heathcliff; he treated his innocent peevish son even worse than his mother. Heathcliff sees an opportunity to gain ownership of Thrushcross Grange by wedding young Catherine to Linton; he introduces the two who grow a relationship only consisting of letters. Nelly knowing what can come from that family does her best to end what she sees...
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