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Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bront´┐Ż

Author: Emily BrontŰ

Wuthering Heights is a classic literary masterpiece of demonic love, dark passion and revenge amid the novel’s main characters, Heathcliff and Catherine. The Gothic tale starts off with Mr Lockwood, a tenant staying at Thrushcross Grange visiting Mr Heathcliff, the owner of Wuthering Heights. Mr Heathcliff, a callous and taciturn man becomes an object of curiosity so Lockwood enquires Ellen Dean (Nelly), the housekeeper of Thrushcross Grange about the story that lies behind Heathcliff.

Nelly’s narrative starts from her childhood when she was working as a servant at Wuthering Heights for the Earnshaw family and growing up with their two children, Hindley and Catherine, a wild and spirited girl. One day, Mr Earnshaw returns from Liverpool with an unkempt, dishevelled gypsy boy whom they decided to adopt. They christened him Heathcliff. Consequently Hindley is jealous of him as Mr Earnshaw is very fond of him and Catherine and Heathcliff cannot live without each other. Soon after Mr and Mrs Earnshaw die; therefore Hindley inherits Wuthering Heights and Heathcliff is degraded to the status of a servant. The story follows Heathcliff running away when Catherine decides to marry Linton, an affluent and sophisticated individual. He returns later, rich and educated, and sets about gaining his revenge on the two families that he believed ruined his life.

In my opinion, I loved reading about the fascinating relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine and that the whole novel is not an old-fashioned romantic love story where the future is a happily ever after but it is a bitter and vengeful story. I also love, how in different chapters, the story is told through dissimilar perspectives which delves into each character's mind. I think the descriptions throughout the book and the ambitious vocabulary is phenomenal. However, Joseph, a servant at Wuthering Heights speaks through a traditional Yorkshire dialect which is hard to grasp and understand. Furthermore, throughout the novel, all the main characters seem to have the same names so it is confusing to comprehend what is happening and recognise who is speaking.

But overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about revenge and malevolence. In my opinion some people will love it and some people will hate it and it is all down to preference.

Afiza Zafrullah (14)