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Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

The Wuthering Heights novel describes the love story between Heatcliff and Catherine.
A diabolical pact of love binds the two protagonists, Heatcliff and Catherine, a pact stronger than death.
Growing up side by side, in Wuthering Heights (their estate), these two boys shared the same experiences and feelings, albeit in a different way.

She as the daughter of a father, who in pain for the death of his wife, has now become an alcoholic, and he, a foundling picked up by chance on a stormy day, always abused and humiliated.
Their love is more like those friendships that are born as buds to become beautiful flowers.
But something has to happen: Catherine, attracted by the aristocratic life, will go to the Grange, the estate of the neighbors for some time, to finally marry Edgar Linton.
Against the backdrop of Grimmerton’s English campaigns, we see many years in which Heatcliff disappears. His return is triumphant: he is rich, with a noble appearance and a dark past.
He returns to the Tempestosa with a very specific plan: to find Catherine and be able to take possession of her stepfather’s estate in order to be close to her.
Unfortunately Catherine will die while she will give birth to little Cathy. Heatcliff’s reaction is distressing. He curses her beloved, stating that her death will not give her peace, so that he can still have her near.
The story now takes a dramatic turn. Heatcliff goes to great lengths to make life difficult for others.
He marries Edgar’s sister, Isabella, for the sole pleasure of making him suffer and torturing her so brutally that she flees to London, where little Linton will be born.
The years pass quickly, Isabella’s son, once grown up, sickly and spoiled, has to go and live with his father who makes him an instrument of his manipulations.
He will marry Cathy, daughter of Catherine, a girl with a kind heart, very close to her father who is now on the verge of death; in doing so he will inherit the estate of the lintons and carry out his revenge.
Her plans proceed as she wishes: Cathy suffers the death of her father and, also abandoned by her husband, who died due to his weak physical state, she spends her days segregated in the Storm, and is also forbidden to approach her master (the which hates his resemblance to his beloved).

But at this point Cathy begins to take an interest in Hadely, her cousin, who, long before, had tried to approach the girl but, failing, due to her state of ignorance and degradation, was offended and humiliated.
In the end, however, the two young people will be able to understand and love each other without being hindered by Heatcliff. In fact, he will let himself die slowly, accompanied by disturbances of madness.

Comment by Wuthering Heights

In Wuthering Heights, the housekeeper, Ellen Dean, known as Nelly, tells, in addition to the whole story, that sometimes young peasants say they saw ghosts walking hand in hand through the woods.
The first-degree narrator is, however, Mr. Lockwood who, intrigued by some oddities that occurred during a visit to the Tempestosa, asks the elderly housekeeper to tell him how things have unfolded in the past.
The narrative is a continuous flashback oriented by the belief that Heatcliff’s hatred comes from far away.
And it is precisely this hatred that binds the characters together against him and it is her love for Catherine that brings him so close to her even after her death.
This novel can be considered singular, for its twisted plot and the messages it contains, very far from our mentality, but the smooth way in which it was written and its rarity of contents can only make it interesting to an audience that likes this. genre of storytelling.
In the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte there is no shortage of twists, strong sensations, passionate feelings. Probably the solitary life on the moor inspired the author in this sense. Almost the whole story is told by Nelly Dean, the housekeeper of Heatcliff and Catherine, The language is, at times, raw and manages to involve the reader, who identifies with the characters. A particular feature to note is that the writer has attributed female characteristics, such as sweetness and delicacy, to many of the male characters, to demonstrate that these characteristics are common to both men and women. I liked “Wuthering Heights” because she got me involved, almost making me believe I was one of the characters.


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