Wuthering Heights, a gothic fiction has been the best seller from time to time bringing tears to people’s face. The story of Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff and Edgar Linton will tear your heart into a thousand pieces. Immensely dramatic and written with the supreme power of imagination, Wuthering Heights is much more than a fiction, much more than just a novel printed on white sheet of paper. I never really thought about reading the book but when I read Charluotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, I wanted to read her sister’s work.
He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.In this epic story of love, envy, betrayal, and revenge, Heathcliff and Catherine come together in a romance that destroys them and those around them.Set in the lonely and bleak Yorkshire moors, this classic tale of thwarted passion begins when the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, a Mr Lockwood, is forced to seek shelter for a night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord, Heathcliff.As the night passes, Lockwood learns of the tumultuous past of Wuthering Heights and of those connected with it. . . of how a homeless gypsy boy had been fostered here; of how the owner’s daughter had fallen in love with him; of how their love had ended tragically; and, finally, of how that gypsy boy—Heathcliff—had taken a terrible revenge that ruined them all…A true masterpiece and one of the best gothic novels ever written.Well, this is exactly what the back cover of the book states about the novel. But I say something way different. Yes, the novel does talk about revenge and devastations but it mainly deals with love. It shows us how far a person can go for true love.
Catherine and Heathcliff, two innocent souls loved each other dearly but was never able to express their feelings for each other until it is too late. When Catherine confessed to Ellen Dean (Nelly) her eternal love for Heathcliff but refused to be his soulmate just because he had no posessions but forced herself to marry Edgar Linton, who was wealthy, so that she could help Heathcliff become an established person. Heathcliff, who only heard the second part of her speech, dashed out of the house. Catherine, on the other hand, repented for her foolish speech and kept waiting for him the whole night in the garden drenched due to the heavy storm which later was the cause of her death. Upon the returning of Heathcliff after years, Catherine was a married to Edgar.
Constant arguments between Heathcliff and Edgar let to the untimely death of Catherine, our very own Cathy.
At the end of the book we see that when Heathcliff died, he too was soaked in rain, he died in his chamber in the stormy night.
Now, according to me, I think Heathcliff purposely kept the window open so that he would die the same way his Cathy died. Rain and his starving for days led to his fatal death.
He was so desparate in his love for Catherine that he once did open her coffin to see his beloved’s face. In the end of the novel we see him confessing to Nelly that he often felt that Catherine was with him. To him, she was never really dead.
Heathcliff was guilty, he repented going out of Wuthering Heights on that stormy night. According to him, maybe Catherine would have been still well and alive if he did not run away. That is why he tortured himself to death in the way Catherine died. But after death, they were united in the end. Death is the greatest way of unity of souls and that’s how they got united. Three of them Heathcliff, Catherine and Edgar lay side by side peacefully and undisturbed.
A wonderful masterpiece written with exceptional emotions and imagination. A novel in which a lot of love was put into. Wonderfully well written. The novel will live in thousands of hearts and minds.
Emily Brontë is a master storyteller.