Overview of Wuthering Heights
A brief synopsis of the novel:
The novel "Wuthering Heights is a tale of a mysterious gypsy like man by the name of Heathcliff. he was adopted but he is hated by his step brother. he gets treated like an servant. he ran away when the woman he fell in love with decided to marry another man then he later returns rich, educated, and sets about gaining his revenge on the two families that he believed ruined his life.
Two major themes of this story are love and revenge. Heathcliff sets out and tries to destroy the Linton family and what drives him is his love for Catherine. even when she dies, he moves forward on his path to perdition as he seeks to revenge himself on those who he feels oppose him and opposed his union with her. This is why he gains revenge on Hindley for the way in which he treated him when he was master of Wuthering Heights, and also the way in which he gains revenge on Edgar through the way in which he marries his sister and then forces his beloved daughter into a marriage with his son and tries to keep her from being with him when she dies. "My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I AM Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being."
Three of the major characters:
- Catherine (The first) – was introduced at the start of this book till she died the last few chapters at the end of the book. She was rude, stuck up the whole time. But near the end she seemed out of it, when she was sick. She didn’t really act like herself while being sick. An example of her emotional and psychological state is that she acted like a child wanting to see the snow. “He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Heathcliff was nice, but had issues, and he loved Catherine but she told him he wasn’t good enough. By the end of the story, he was what she wanted but she was already married. So he wanted to get Catherine back, but in the end he couldn’t.
“I wish I had light hair and a fair skin, and was dressed, and behaved as well, and had a chance of being as rich as he will be!”
- Catherine (The second) - She came around the middle of the book, around the end and all the book was focused on was Catherine getting married to Hareton.
“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”
The time period of this novel is Romantic. The romantic era of the nature in Wuthering Heights is not just tranquil and smiling moments but it also appears in its wild, stormy moods. Nature is a living and vitalizing force and gains a refuge from the constraints of civilization. Catherine and Heathcliff and their love obsession love for each other are the center of their being and death. The concern with identity and the creation of the self are a primary concern. Hareton is the noble savage and Heathcliff also. The imagination is unleashed to explore extreme states of being and experiences.
Emily Bronte's : Remembrance
Remembrance was written in 1846 and Wuthering Heights was written in 1847, but by the same author Emily Bronte. This poem shares the theme of love that is never fufilled.
This picture possesses an underlying tone of sadness. However, Wuthering Heights is strongly centered on the idea of children and childhood love. It is based on a love that is never unified, but yet never disappears and thus a sense of loss is portrayed. This same theme can be seen throughout this picture by Andrea Mantegna in 1502. Like this painting, Emily Bronte's writings show a profound sense of loss, betrayal, and mistrust, which she felt as a consequence of love.
My personal interpretation of the novel-
This novel was a hand full, with many, many characters and groups and sections. SOme times it was hard to keep track of who is who and how they are related to each other. I'd say the character development is a big part of this book. Most of the time I was seeing things through Lockwood's POV and his discriptions at the begining were things like " misty and cold" and near the end he seemed more at peace with himself and everything in general by saying things like "imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth". Over all this was an interesting peice of litterature.
By: Venea King, Heather WInstead, Camri Talor, and Kayli Smith