It’s just starting to feel like fall around here, so I decided to do a review of a great, cozy, classic that reminds me of fall and winter. Just a warning, I have tried not to spoil the book too much, but there may be minor spoilers.
This story follows Catherine and Heathcliff, an orphan who is adopted by Catherine’s father. At first, her and her brother hate the strange little boy, but soon Catherine grows to like him. Sadly, Mr. Earnshaw likes his own son more than Heathcliff, and sends Hindley to college.
Things become more complicated when Mr. Earnshaw dies and leaves Wuthering Heights to Hindley. Heathcliff is no longer protected by the rest of the family, and is oppressed by Hindley.
Things spiral out of control when Hindley becomes more abusive, especially to his son, and Catherine falls in love.
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… I am Healthcliff!
In the second part of the book, Catherine’s daughter and Heathcliff’s son continue the story.
While there’s much more to the story, I don’t want to spoil too much.
These characters are complicated but Heathcliff is definitely my favorite character. They’re crafted well, with plenty of emotions to spare. Hindley is a raging drunkard by the end, Heathcliff is angry and depressed, and Catherine is conflicted. They’re honestly very angry people.
Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.
The plot’s okay, and very dramatic.
I think that it’s not the characters or plot that draw to this book, but the writing. Emily Bronte has such a flair to her writing that it adds so much to to the rest of the book, especially when the book is set on the picturesque moors.
The clouds rush, dark and wild. They fleck with shade our mountain heights the same as long ago.
Because of all of these points, most importantly the drama and writing style, I gave it 4.5 stars.
Have you read Wuthering Heights? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments!