Course: English 1B
Date: April 30, 2013
Wuthering Heights, How I Like and Understand.
Wuthering Heights, the only novel written by Emily, Bronte is one of the most famous novels in English literature. Reading Wuthering Heights, we encounter how Bronte defines the meaning of love and how the power of love can overcome enmity and wealth. Bronte structures her novel around two parallel love stories between Heathcliff and Catherine, and Catherine, Linton and Harleton Earnshaw. One can consider the romantic love which Catherine and Heathcliff feel for each other but, because of Catherine’s family and because of their different social statuses, they can never belong to each other. Bronte creates their love as a gothic love story. Unable to have Catherine’s love, Heathcliff takes revenge on the next generation, Catherine, Linton and Hareton Earnshaw. Heathcliff hates Cathy, the daughter of Catherine and Edgar Linton. Heathcliff makes his revenge around Cathy because she inherits her mother Catherine’s beauty and headstrong behaviors. Heathcliff probably sees the soul of Catherine inside Cathy. Therefore, he directs Linton, his weak child, to marry Cathy in spite of separating Cathy and Hareton. Heathcliff’s revenge is to take over the control of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. However, at the end of his life, all in his mind is Catherine, his love. Heathcliff’s childhood is suffering and disrespecting. Mr. Earnshaw brings a home an orphan, who “seemed a sullen, patient child, hardened, perhaps, to ill-treatment” (Bronte 39), and named him Heathcliff after his son. Both Catherine and her brother, Hindley Earshaw, does not like Heathcliff whatsoever, especially Hindley. Hinddley uses many disrespectful words to call Heathcliff like “dog”, or “gypsy” (Bronte 41). More seriously, Hindley hits Heathcliff on his breast and threatens him with an iron weight. After the death of Mr. Earnshaw, Hindley takes over the control of Wuthering Heights and...
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