Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

wuthering_heights_cover_hayley_potterRomance novels are not really my cup of tea. They end up cheesy, with lines that make me wince. Unlike almost every other teenage out there,  I’m not fond of the Twilight series or The Fault in Our Stars. My first impression of Wuthering Heights is that it should probably be a mixture of romance and classic. It was going to suck. But since it was a novel that is referred to almost every other books, why not? Turns out this novel wasn’t so bad, especially the romance part. Although I really wished it was toned down a little.

The main plot takes place in a form of a story through the point of view of a side character, Ellen Dean, who had watched the main characters in the story through the sidelines. She is a bystander, having almost no impact towards the plot except simply being a messenger, and a character where that the characters trusted enough to confide to. But with her as a narrator, the story was tipped to look bias, and several details missed or misunderstood. Ellen, fondly called Nelly, was a servant and a housekeeper at Wuthering Heights with a family tree faithful to working in the house.

The original narrator of this story was a man named Lockwood who had rented a house named Thrushcross Grange. It was taken aback by the nature and family lines of his tenant, Heathcliff–a gypsy who lived in a nearby house named ‘Wuthering Heights’.  He described Heathcliff as a very interesting man, and had mixed up the identity of almost every resident living in Wuthering Heights. At the first impression, the people living in the Wuthering Heights were more aggressive, not fond to strangers, and very touchy.

Lockwood had fallen ill shortly after a disastrous visit to the Wuthering Heights which involved him having to spend the night there after being trapped in a snowstorm. To get him through his boredom, Nelly happily told him the story of Heathcliff’s history and the story of the Wuthering Heights a generation ago in her point of view.

So Nelly talked about her time when Mr. Earnshaw brought home a gypsy boy from one of his many trips out of the house and decided to adopt him. His two other children, Hindley and Catherine Earnshaw were firstly cautious and cold towards the new boy, who was named Heathcliff, but Catherine gradually warmed up to him and the two became inseparable friends.

Catherine Earnshaw was described to be a tomboy during her young days and was capable of riding any horse in the stable at around six or seven years old. It even got to the point where she asked her father to bring her a whip home from his business trips. The downside was the Catherine was a spoiled brat. When she stayed in Thrushcross Grange for a while due to being mauled by a dog for trespassing on the ankle, she came back out more ladylike and dignified. But she still stayed spoiled and headstrong.

The incident with the dog and the character development had caused Catherine’s meeting with the Lintons, where she met Edgar and Isabel Linton. Edgar Linton was a weaker but dignified person and almost immediately claimed rivalry with Heathcliff. Those times were under Hindley’s rule, as Mr. Earnshaw had passed away some time before. The children aged quickly, reaching the age of 17.

What happens next was a very complicated love triangle with very pointed and complicated relationships with each other. Plus the drama is tripled and increased. It’s a running joke that when a love triangle happens, at least one relationship has to be of the same gender. My mother simply shrugs and said that it’s a triangle when there are two characters after the same love interest. But wouldn’t that make it a love arrow? Heck, love squares make more sense then love triangles!

The next part of the story involves Heathcliff running away after Catherine’s decision to marry Edgar, sadly telling Nelly that she couldn’t marry Heathcliff due to his social status. Heathcliff apparently heard all that and disappeared in the rain, not coming back for the next three years.  The romance in this part has literally became hot thick soup. These kids are raised wild, and have practically almost no education. If the triangle were brought into today’s century, the main characters would be practically having no life. No, I’m serious.

The novel is divided into two volumes. The first part involves Catherine’s relationship between Heathcliff and Edgar, and the second part involves the second generation with Catherine’s daughter Katy,  Heathcliff’s son Linton and Hindley’s son Hareton. The first generation of people slowly died out due to illness, leaving just Heathcliff who encouraged the growth of more love triangles to be the owner of both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, leaving Nelly to reach the present times.

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë’s novel. Emily Brontë was an English novelist and a poet. Her pen name was Ellis Bell. Emily Brontë’s sisters pretty much also dissolved into literature and poems. Her younger sister Anne Brontë wrote Agnes Grey while Charlotte Brontë wrote Jane Eyre which caused some confusion between the pen names of each sister. Wuthering Heights was extremely popular during Brontë’s, and a good read for those who likes romance.

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