Week 20: Wuthering Heights Review

Hey readers! After a hiatus of over two weeks, I’m back with uniter review blog post. I finished reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë yesterday and I’ll be reviewing the same. I had been yearning to read this book since a very long time and it didn’t disappoint me at all. It really was exciting to read a work of literature that goes way back except maybe Shakespeare. Perishing to tuberculosis at a very young age, Emily Brontë has left behind a legacy for readers all across the world. Wuthering Heights is a tragic story revolving around hate, love, vengeance and even morbid themes like death and afterlife and I can’t wait to tell you more about it.

The plot is set in a town near Yorkshire, England where the hills are laden with steep moors and heath. The story sets off as Mr. Lockwood, the new tenant at Thrushcross Grange, is eager to meet his landlord, Mr. Heathcliff. Heathcliff has a reputation of being a capital fellow and even after so many years, the story behind how he turned affluent from destitute and gained the propriety of both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange: properties which used to belong to Old Earnshaw. Mr. Lockwood was really fascinated and intrigued by Heathcliff and wanted to know all about his success and for that he enquired Mrs. Dean, his housekeeper.

Even though the narrative throughout the novel is provided by other characters, I would argue that the main character of this brilliant novel is Heathcliff. A character that has been described by other characters throughout the book as a diabolical fiend who just wants to see around him rise up in flames. Heathcliff was a waif who was adopted and was made a member of his household by Old Earnshaw, the proprietor and resident of Wuthering Heights, and that’s where all the trouble began. Hindley Earnshaw, Old Earnshaw’s son, detested Heathcliff from the moment he set his eyes on him. Throughout his lifetime, Hindley subjects Heathcliff to such cruelties that turned Heathcliff’s heart to stone and on the contrary, Hindley’s own sister Catherine fiercely loves Heathcliff.

I think this was one of the most thought-provoking novels I’ve ever read. The writing style was just so engaging and moving that I couldn’t help falling in love with it. The way the story was told was just immaculate and the symbolism in it is just unparalleled. It’s disheartening that the author died right after finishing this book because I would’ve loved to read more works by her. I won’t say that the novel will be necessarily liked by everyone but it never hurts to try so I would recommend everyone to read this book.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Happy Reading,

Sidh.

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