Book Review by Ranu
Wuthering Heights: A novel by Emily Bronte
Originally published , December 1847
Genres: Gothic fiction
Publisher: Thomas Cautley Newby
Characters: Catherine Earnshaw
Heathcliff : an orphan picked up by Catherine’s Father
Edgar Linton: Catherine’s husband
Cathy Linton: daughter of Catherine and Edgar
Isabella: Edgar’s sister
Nelly Dean(Ellen) primary narrator and Catherine’s servant.
The story begins with Mr. Lockwood, a tenant of Heathcliff’s visit to his landlord’s home. He chanced to meet Ellen, ( Heathcliff’s servant). He implores Ellen to tell him the story of Heathcliff.
Here’s what Ellen narrates about ,”Wuthering Heights.” Mr. Earnshaw the father of Catherine and Hindley, a farmer and owner of Wuthering Heights brings home an orphan from Liverpool, where he was visiting.
He names the boy Heathcliff, who is raised with his children. Catherine loved to have the company of another little boy, her brother disliked him for he thought his father was showing more affection to the orphan, as a result they did not get along. Catherine loved playing with him on the moors, the two were oblivious about anyone else. The two were best friends until,Catherine meets Isabella and Edgar Linton, they lived at Thrushcross Grange. Isabella and Edgar were happy to meet Catherine, but stayed clear of Heatcliff. He was unwelcome and treated as an outsider.
Heathcliff was unhappy and began to think of revenge. In the beginning Catherine gave equal time to the Lintons and Heathcliff, it did not last long and it put the seed of jealousy in Heathcliff’s mind. It grew worse when he overheard Catherine telling Ellen she’d never marry him (Heathcliff). She ends up marrying Edgar. Heathcliff left Wuthering Heights and was back three years later.
Heathcliff married Isabella,(Edgar’s sister). The seed for revenge was laid.
Soon after the marriage Catherine gives birth to a daughter and the couple named her Cathy.
Heathcliff promises to take revenge, his aim was to take control of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, it took 17 years to be successful. He made up his mind to destroy everything Edgar holds dear.
He forces Cathy(Edgar’s daughter) to marry his son Linton.
Though I found Heathcliff evil, I still couldn’t help feeling sorry for him. He was driven to take revenge caring little who gets hurt. Emily Bronte’s description of the place and the characters is exceptional.