Wuthering Heights


 Wuthering Heights is a dark, brooding novel.  Written by Emily Brontë, it was published twice, once in 1847 under pen name Elis Bell, and once posthumously by Emily’s sister Charlotte.  Ominously, the story is set in the bleak northern moors of England, in the area of two manor houses, Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights.

Although many people consider this a love story,Wuthering Heights is not about love.  It’s about revenge.  Throughout the book, the anti-hero, Heathcliff, harbors a malevolent, overwhelming obsession with Catherine Linton, née Earnshaw, which eventually destroys two generations.  Because Catherine spurns his advances at the beginning of the story, he leaves, only to return and work his methodical, well-planned revenge when he has become a gentleman.  When she throws a wrench in his plans by dying, he curses her and carries out his revenge against all her family, eventually stealing her daughter’s inheritance and letting his son die when he was no longer of use.  Even when he is not present, Heathcliff lingers in the air like a malicious spirit, coloring intent and instilling fear.  He is the wicked genius of this narrative.

While Wuthering Heights is often recommended for young ladies, it presents a false picture of ‘love’ that is damaging to impressionable minds.  Granted, it is well-written and plotted; still, the goals of the author in writing this story are questionable, at best.  Consequently, this book is best read with caution.


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