Title: Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronté
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics
Genres: Gothic Tragedy.
Where Acquired: English Literature A-Level Class
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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. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.
This book was very very slow to start and took a little getting used to. However as the story progressed, so did the plot. it became a little more lively and exciting and rather interesting. I had no easy time trying to get myself to read this novel in the beginning but by the end I was willingly reading it happily. I must admit Heathcliff was creepy and I really disliked Linton, Hindley, Catherine and Joseph! I loved more characters than I hated though: Earnshaw, Nelly, Lockwood, Hareton, Little Cathy, Edgar and even Isabella by the end!
“Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”
“Nelly, I am Heathcliff – he’s always, always in my mind – not as a pleasure, any more then I am always a pleasure to myself – but, as my own being.”