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Wuthering Heights

A book by Emily Brontë

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When Love begets Revenge

  • Jul 27, 2010

Reading this book has moved me to the extent of remembering the conversations of the main characters. There is something remarkable about this story; it kept me amazed on how their lives and the ones closed to them were connected. I am very convinced that it’s a must-read book.

Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange were the two main settings of the story, itself. Both situated on the moors of Yorkshire in Northern England, scenarios of love and hatred between two families occurred.

At the start of the story, Mr. Lockwood rents a manor house called Thrushcross Grange with Heathcliff as his landlord, who lives in Wuthering Heights. He later met Nelly Dean, the housekeeper who had been the sole witness of this tragic tale. Nelly narrates to him how a dark-skinned orphan named Heathcliff changed the lives of the Earnshaws. He was brought home by Mr. Earnshaw who came to Liverpool and went home with the young Heathcliff. His children Catherine and Hindley detest the poor orphan, but later on Catherine became fond of him and the two were inseparable, which catalyzed Hindley’s hatred toward Heathcliff and made the latter’s life miserable after Mr. Earnshaw died. Though she loves Heathcliff, Catherine’s desire for social advancement prompted her to be engaged to Edgar Linton who lives in Thrushcross Grange. With this, Heathcliff ran away from Wuthering Heights but later returned after three years.

His come back brought cruelty to all who have wronged him, even to Catherine. With his questionable wealth he did everything to take control of both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. He soon witnesses the growing relationship between younger Cathy and Hareton but later reminded him of his happy days with the elder Catherine. One day, he was found dead by Nelly.

One of the themes of the story is revenge. Heathcliff planned revenge against those who wronged him notwithstanding the love he had for Catherine.

Emily Bronte really did an amazing job with this story; it showed the reunion of two rivaling families when the Hareton and the younger Cathy converge.


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August 09, 2010
This definitely sounds like a novel that must be read. Outstanding review :)
July 27, 2010
This is one of the classics that I have been meaning to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
July 27, 2010
thanks, I also love the story. :)
July 27, 2010
No problem! I enjoy the Bronte sisters' writing, so I'm sure to enjoy this one once I make more time to read it.
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Quick Tip by . January 11, 2013
There's something rotten in the manor of Wuthering Heights. A young boy is hanging up puppies like decorations, an elderly servant can't speak comprehensible English, and the master of the house is a maddened, love stricken gypsy hellbent on exacting vengeance on all those around him. Okay that's exaggerating a bit, but...      It's really hard to review a literary classic without saying things that haven't been said a million times before. And if you do, …
review by . July 15, 2010
I was required to read all of the Bronte books (6 total?) for a class on the Bronte sisters. It's unfortunate that Wuthering Heights is the only book Emily finished before she died.      Her use of multiple narrators is something that one would expect to make the story unreadable, but it works considering our trust of the narrators is one of the things that is being questioned.      Wuthering Heights is much darker and deeper than any of the other Bronte …
Quick Tip by . March 16, 2011
recently I had watch a TV show about voyaging in london,and that show give us a detailed view about the background where Bront wrote her book, it's such a lonely place but full of imagine...oh,please give me more time to sigh up,lately I'll write if back.
review by . July 08, 2010
This novel is one of the ultimate classics in my opinion. Never have a seen a story with this much character charisma and a plot that ultimately goes down a road that no one has ever repeated. Part of this I believe is because the novel does not have a conventional happy ending, in reality it becomes quite sad at about the middle when Catherine dies. The rest of the novel draws you in and you watch as Heathcliff fulfills his revenge which in the end comes to nothing because it relieves none of …
Quick Tip by . July 22, 2010
This is my favorite Bronte book, edging out Jane Eyre.
review by . November 15, 2001
Let's admit it, as good a writer Emily Bronte was, she wasn't as good a writer as her sister, Charlotte. Her only major work, WUTHERING HEIGHTS clearly illustrates that. The writing is superior to most fiction that one reads today and the story is rather interesting. Yet, it failed to catch my attention as easily as JANE EYRE did. There are very few likeable characters in the story (the young Catherine Earnshaw, the housekeeper, and the narrator) and the ending seemed rather hasty. Nevertheless, …
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Grade 8 Up-British actor Martin Shaw reads this shortened version of the classic Emily Bronte novel. His easily-understood accent is appropriate and helps to set the mood. Shaw reads at a very steady pace, pausing effectively for emphasis or when his character might be thinking. Usually calm and gentle, his voice can resonate with anger or other emotion when necessary. There is some differentiation in pitch to emphasize male vs. female speech, but it is not exaggerated or overdone. The abridgement retains Bronte's words linking speech or narration sometimes from one page to another. It provides students with an easier way to become familiar with the story and get a feel for her style. Teachers could use this presentation to introduce the novel or to entice students to read it on their own.
Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0141439556
ISBN-13: 978-0141439556
Author: Emily Brontë
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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