‘Wuthering Height’ is such a classic and so, after hearing over and over about how wonderful it was, I decided to read it, partly in preparation for next year but also because it comes up time and again as people’s favourite book.
First I was confused, the story is shrouded in a dark curtain and gradually Bronte reveals the truth however at first it was simply confusing. This was not helped by not quite understanding who was the narrator. For anyone who fancies reading the book here is my little guide:
Mr Lockwood arrives ‘Wuthering Heights’ (main narrator)
Later meets Nellie Dean (who then tells the story to him from her point of view)
Towards the end Lockwood takes over, and tells the reader the final section of the story (repeating what Nellie told him).
What I found most interesting about this book was the fact that Bronte uses words like ‘saucy’ when describing characters but also how many books that I have read that have been written recently that take parts of Wuthering Heights and use it. Much like other classic novels, this book has had a huge impact on modern literature.
I loved how Bronte is able to find a resolution in a round-about way and how she is able to make such unlikable characters still engaging to read about, it appears that Cathy and Heathcliff’s only redeeming quality is their love for each other. It is also intriguing how despite Bronte’s adamant refusal to make Heathcliff match the cliched idea of a romantic hero, someone like Mr Rochester who is shown in the end to be loving and virtuous, Heathcliff is still seen as somewhat of a romantic hero.
There is also the religious element of the book, and other elements that I was able to enjoy more after reading ‘The Madwoman in the Attic’ which developed some literary analysis. Cathy runs from hell to what she thinks will be her heaven, however her heaven turns into a hell. Similarly, many of the other characters struggle to discover where heaven is and where hell is, and consistently make errors in judgement. However gradually as the generations go on, the characters (such as Hareton Earnshaw and Cathy II) begin to take a look at themselves in order to truly discover where their happiness will lie.
I definitely enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading ‘Jane Eyre’ next!
Have a wonderful week!
If you fancy re-watching (or watching for the first time) Kate Bush’s song version of this classic book I have included the link below.