Book Reviews by Kady Garrett

Wuthering Heights

Posted on: March 2, 2010

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights is told through the narrative of Mr. Lockwood, a polite gentleman.  He is renting Thrushcross Grange from Heathcliff, which is a short distance from Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff’s home.  Lockwood is shocked by the spiteful manner in which the residents of Wuthering Heights treat each other.  The people who bitterly reside within the Heights are Catherine Heathcliff (Mr. Heathcliff’s daughter-in-law), Hareton Earnshaw, and Mr. Heathcliff himself. Lockwood soon encounters Nelly Dean, who has been with Heathcliff since his childhood. She tells the passionate story of love and hate that destroys Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw.  Catherine and Heathcliff grew up together after Mr. Earnshaw adopted Heathcliff.  They grow to share a troubled love for each other. To the anger of Heathcliff, Catherine ends up marrying Edgar Linton of Thrushcross Grange; and they later have a daughter whose birth marks the end of Catherine Earnshaw Linton.  Following Mr. Linton and Catherine’s marriage, the furious Heathcliff marries Edgar’s sister, Isabella Earnshaw, whom he despises.  After Catherine dies, Edgar and Heathcliff are in a rage of hate toward the Lintons’ new daughter, Catherine Linton.  The name Catherine pains Edgar to hear, so Catherine is shortened to Cathy.  Miss Wuthering HeightsCathy soon falls in love with her cousin (the son of Heathcliff and Isabella), who is living under Heathcliff’s care after the death of his separated wife.  Miss Cathy’s ends up marrying this cousin, Linton Heathcliff, under the imprisonment of the evil Mr. Heathcliff.  The dark story begins its end when Linton Heathcliff dies, which is soon followed by the death of the devilish Heathcliff himself.  Miss Cathy then falls in love with the son of her mother’s brother, Hareton Earnshaw.  The two end up planning their courtship after the death of Heathcliff.  In conclusion, I loved the dark tale following the two generation’s in which Heathcliff and Catherine’s love endures through. The death of the manipulative Heathcliff and the love of Hareton and Miss Cathy gave the book a surprisingly happy ending. The book will definately be even better the second time around!

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