Book Review – Wuthering Height by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights, the well thought of novel in the academic English Literature syllabus, is way more than just a mundane. I am referring at the bold uniqueness of a treatment the story had received, quite compatible to the expectation from Emily Bronte and her mighty pen. While she stamps a rebel in her female protagonist’s character stone, she makes sure the protagonist receives the reader’s sympathy with equal ease.

The savour of a love triangle stirred in the story of Catherine Earnshaw, who looked like a rebellious girl in the curtain raiser, turns into an opportunistically deceitful woman neck deep in love with two men. The story however teaches to zero on your true love that couldn’t be two people at the same time. This preaching involved generations in the story to appear ripe. Bronte perennially hints at Catherine being under a misconception that she loves both the men she’s tagging along with.

Emily Bronte keeps the end of her bargain at producing her edge-of-the seat suspense in Wuthering Heights where it keeps you guessing what will happen next under a circumstance of every character undergoing so many ups and downs. The end-to-end suspense inspires the story and of course leaves the readers amused.

As the story unfolds bits by bits, Catherine’s character receives new twists. She grows dark but always keeps her beloved Heathcliff by her side. To the reader’s astonishment, Heathcliff’s personality undergoes a shift from a shy youth to a polite young man, and a complete lunatic in the end.

You will realize becoming the part of the story already halfway through, such a wide scope of view the story has. The imageries are at good play there. You will feel as if you’re in the early 1800, where things used to be different from that of today.

I am a little fussy about the language that has been used in the piece. The vocabulary that Bronte used was sometimes cryptic; little did she imagine how it’d look to a reader sitting centuries ahead. The language, which was supposed to accentuate, rather legs down the story. But of course it succeeds to bring you a feel of those times. A nicely attempted chronotope, that is way too captivating than Bronte’s other works.

One, who doesn’t know romance from anti-romance, will definitely conclude looking at it as a classic-romance. But then the different forms of love, passion and actions antagonise the aforethought, the never expressed true love that Catherine and Heathcliff hold for each other in their hearts is serene. The novel rather heads for a heartbreaking climax leaving the readers in splits.


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