Wuthering Heights- Emily Brontë
They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but is it worth becoming green with envy? Heathcliff was an orphan who had little to nothing except his love for Catherine. Unfortunately, social status dictated marriage and overruled love, so Catherine had turned away from him and married the prestigious Edgar Linton. Overwhelmed by jealousy, Heathcliff was motivated to exact revenge. His actions were ruthless and calculated, driven by the jealousy and hurt he had endured from the loss of Catherine.
Despite the time period the book took place, many factors still hold true to present day. The American dream is portrayed by Heathcliff, as he started off as a poor, orphan boy, who then later earned prestige and wealth. Even though social status is not held so highly in today’s society, it is still valued and social hierarchy continues to be a prominent factor in various aspects. Although there are similarities, there are also great differences from what life is like now due to the different time periods. This book is labeled as an AP book to show the diversity of time periods and the style of writing and thinking during the time the book was written. I personally loved reading this book, as it had many relatable themes.
"I forgive what you have done to me. I love my murderer—but yours! How can I?”