There Lockwood finds an odd assemblage: Heathcliff, who seems to be a gentleman, but whose manners are uncouth; the reserved mistress of the house, who is in her mid-teens; and a young man, who seems to be a member of the f There Lockwood finds an odd assemblage: Heathcliff, who seems to be a gentleman, but whose manners are uncouth; the reserved mistress of the house, who is in her mid-teens; and a young man, who seems to be a member of the family, yet dresses and speaks as if he is a servant.
View all 12 comments. But this is a story set in , about a man named Mr. Lockwood, staying the night at Wuthering Heights. He meets a man named Heathcliff, who seems absolutely miserable, and he meets a housekeeper named Ellen Dean who will eventually help us figure out why Heathcliff is so miserable. Oh, and when Lockwood goes to sleep that night, he is awoken by a ghost! He then tells Ellen this, and she promptly throws us back into a flashback, where she becomes the new narrator, and we get to see what went down at Wuthering Heights many years ago.
Wuthering Heights , at its black heart, is a story all about abuse, and cycles of abuse, and how abuse can impact so many hearts and so many generations repeatedly. Abuse and cruelty truly breed violence, and Heathcliff and everyone he has been forced to interact with just showcase that theme over and over. Heathcliff was orphaned and taken in, but everyone reminds him that he constantly is an outsider.
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But this story focuses on him and the three young people he grew up alongside of, and they are all shitty in their own ways. And we eventually get to see their children who you guessed it are shitty, too! Again, cycles of abandonment and abuse is truly heartbreaking in every aspect.
Also, the atmosphere was phenomenal, and the Yorkshire moors truly set a beautiful stage for this dark tale. The things that those sister, and their entire family, had to go through. Seriously, I have so much love and respect in my heart for these three sisters, originally writing their dark tales under male pseudonyms, who will now never be forgotten.
Also, I had the biggest giggle while reading about someone throwing hot applesauce at someone else, because like, just imagine that.
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View all 14 comments. After Emily's death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights and arranged for the edited vers After Emily's death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in View all 4 comments.
Apr 05, Madeline rated it did not like it Shelves: the-list , ugh. If you've been following my status updates as I read this book, you can probably guess what kind of review this is going to be. So let's get the good stuff out of the way first, and then I can start the ranting. Good stuff: I liked some of the characters. Ellen was sweet, and seemed to be the only sensible person in the story.
And lord, does she get put through a lot of shit.
Girlfriend needs a hug and a spa weekend after all she's been through. I also liked Catherine II If you've been following my status updates as I read this book, you can probably guess what kind of review this is going to be.
I also liked Catherine II and Hareton - unlike their romantic predecessors and believe me, we'll get to those two soon , they were likeable most of the time. Sure, they had their jackass moments, but considering their respective upbringings, can you really blame them? Like I said, kind of irritating and stupid, but sweet. I also appreciated the incredible passion of the story and the passionate emotions it raised in me Sure, I hated Heathcliff, but even I swooned a little during his final scene with Cathy.
Sure, Emily Bronte has written the most terrifying portrayal of a love story I've ever seen Fatal Attraction? Terrifying as it is. Which brings me to the next section of this review Bad Stuff: I cannot, for the life of me, understand why anyone thinks this is a love story.
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It's a horror story of love and passion gone horribly, horribly wrong, and Heathcliff is one of the greatest villains ever created in literature. Notice I said "villain" and not "antihero. He is a sociopath, and for the last fifty pages of the story I wanted to violently murder him so badly that my hands were shaking as I held the book.
He is evil. Cathy doesn't get my sympathy, either. She was a spoiled, unfeeling bitch during every moment she was present in the story, and it's only because she was dead by page that she didn't make me as angry as Heathcliff did - she simply didn't have enough time.
But let's get back to Heathcliff - I cannot outline here all of the evil things he did over the course of the story, and to do so would probably be to give away spoilers. Let me just say this: I now understand completely why Wuthering Heights is being advertised in bookstores as "Bella and Edwards Favorite Book!
It should be. I don't know why so many readers get all fangirly over Heathcliff. He's an asshole, a sociopath, and even he knows how evil he is. As he says of Isabella, a girl he marries and then treats so horribly I can't even talk about it right now: "She abandoned them under a delusion I can hardly regard her in the light of a rational creature, so obstinately has she persisted in forming a fabulous notion of my character, and acting on the false impression she has cherished. Even he thinks you're all morons for liking him. And, just to end this on a good note: I've shared this webcomic before, but it fits here too because, let's face it, the Bronte sisters had terrible taste in men.
View all 48 comments. Cathy and Heathcliff, a love story? At the beginning of our narrative Mr. Lockwood, a tenant of Thrushcross Grange, visits his landlord Mr. Heathcliff, at Wuthering Heights, four long miles away, across the cold, eerie, moors, people back then walked a great distance, they had few options, without much complaining, troubled Lockwood, wants to get away from society he came to the right place.
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The setting is northern England, , in the Yorkshire Moors, a vast, remote, desolate, and gloomy grass Cathy and Heathcliff, a love story? The setting is northern England, , in the Yorkshire Moors, a vast, remote, desolate, and gloomy grassland, beautiful and ugly at the same time, a haunting locale. Lockwood is the only person who likes Heathcliff, " a capital fellow", in the area, he sees something no one else does, on his mournful face, sadness, maybe even regret?
Later he learns the story of his landlord's tragic life, through Mrs.
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Nelly Dean, his servant at Thrushcross Grange, for three generations there, she tells him about the life of Heathcliff, found in the streets of Liverpool, hungry , crying, dirty, all alone, without anyone caring, at the tender age of two, but the compassionate Mr. Earnshaw, a wealthy man , Catherine's Cathy's father and takes him home. They never discovered the boy's true identity, but because of the child's dark complexion, everyone calls him a gypsy.
The two, Catherine and Heathcliff, grow up as brother and sister, at Wuthering Heights, always together, Cathy and the unwanted orphan, playing on the lonely moors, they are soulmates.
Resented by Cathy's older brother, Hindley, who beats him many times in fact everyone does, but the gentle Mr. Earnshaw, who loves the boy. Morose, showing no emotions, he can't afford to, still very angry underneath, because of how others treat him, as an inferior, Heathcliff, was never given another name. When teenager Cathy decides to marry Edgar Linton , from a respected, well off family , and Heathcliff hears about it , he disappears to parts unknown, the penniless man feels betrayed Years pass and Heathcliff comes back from America, rich, nobody learns how, and he doesn't say either, probably not quite honestly, and seeks vengeance.
The children of each estate, the Linton's of Thrushcross Grange and the Earnshaw's of Wuthering Heights, inherit their respective homes, Cathy wants to maintain a friendship and maybe more with Heathcliff, the weak Edgar of course hates the gypsy, but can't stop the two from seeing each other, the attraction is too powerful. The triangle will soon dissolve, people come and go but the moors abide. Strong novel, with a bittersweet plot Love or despise this classic, you cannot help but admire its quality.
View all 24 comments. Are they the same thing? If we are so intoxicated by someone as ending up seeing them as a mirror to our own self, is this love? It is. But sometimes it is sign not of devotion, but of egotism so strong that it stops us from seeing the actual person and we imagine a likeness that SPOILERS Behold the wild, dark side of love. By believing he would agree to her plan she shows how little she takes into account what he actually is.