Wuthering Heights: Review

Topics: Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, Hindley Earnshaw Pages: 4 (1272 words) Published: July 5, 2011
I have chosen, for my book review, an Emily Brontë Classic: Wuthering Heights. I came to read classics only recently, and Wuthering Heights was my first serious literature work, and so, it has influenced me, and my whim to try an advanced level of English literature strongly. Thus, naturally, I have an attachment to it. That is why I have chosen this particular book for my review. Plot

Wuthering Heights is a novel set in the timeline of eighteen to nineteen century. It has been primarily narrated to the reader by an Englishman named Mr. Lockwood, who, on a visit to the Wuthering Heights, finds the inhabitants strange, rude and annoying. He asks his housekeeper, Mrs. Ellen Dean, out of curiosity why their behavior is so unsocial. In reply, she narrates the whole history of love, betrayal and revenge to him. The plot is intricate, with the story spread over two generations. Heathcliff is an orphan, a childhood friend, and later, the lover of Catherine Earnshaw, who is the brother of Hindley, and they all live together at Wuthering Heights. Edgar and Isabella Clinton are characters of the same age, living at Thrushcross Grange. Although Catherine confesses to loving Heathcliff, she marries Edgar, angering Heathcliff, who leaves town. Years later, he returns, intending to take revenge. He courts Isabella with false words of love and faithfulness and marries her, as an act of revenge. Hindley dies, leaving Wuthering Heights and his only son, Hareton, reluctantly in the care of Heathcliff, knowing that Heathcliff would show the same mercy to Hareton that he himself had to Heathcliff. He is proved right, as Hareton is given the position of a mere servant. Isabella, realizing that her husband still loves Catherine, and unable to withstand the torture of living with him, flees with her unborn child. A few months later, Catherine dies in childbirth, and the child is named Cathy, after her mother. She is brought up without being informed of the stormy past....
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