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Title: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
As children, Heathcliff and Catherine are inexorably drawn together. Despite their differing natures and weaknesses of character, one can scarcely exist without the other. Catherine’s haughtiness drives Heathcliff away and stirs him to make his way in the world. When Heathcliff returns, life at Wuthering Heights will never be the same. Heathcliff can’t let go of the past and seeks revenge for every real and imagined slight he suffered there. He and Catherine are like two stars destined to crash into one another and destroy everything near them.
I first read Wuthering Heights in high school because it was required reading. I don’t even remember what I thought of it back then, except that it was a bit spooky. Reading it now, it’s not the spookiness that struck me so much as the examination of human nature. Heathcliff is such a diabolical character and seems completely beyond redemption. And yet, despite the fact that he was a dastardly villain, I couldn’t bring myself to truly dislike him. There’s a part in all of us which feels satisfaction in seeing someone else get revenge on those who have done them wrong. I’m not saying I condone it, but something in my psyche wants Heathcliff to avenge himself. Perhaps that’s the lasting draw of this novel — its ability to make the reader examine good and evil in his fellow man, but also in himself.
When you think about when this book was written, it was a very daring tale for its time. Especially when you consider that it came from a relatively inexperienced young lady. It’s impressive that she was so adept at capturing human nature and what makes the human race feel hatred, love, and every shade of emotion in between.
This was such an engrossing read for me, that the last part of the book kept me up until the wee hours of the morning. I simply couldn’t put it down and had to learn the fate of Heathcliff, as well as his young charges. The ending is so fitting and perfect. It was a completely satisfying read. Highly recommended!
I recommend Wuthering Heights to fans of classic literature and anyone who enjoys a messed up love story.
- A little bit of bad language
- A derogatory term for a loose female is used a few times
- Some violence
Rating: 5 Stars
Until next time…