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Wuthering Heights

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Emma Stogner

on 1 June 2011

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Wuthering Heights By: Emily Bronte By: Emily Bronte Emma Stogner Emily Brontë was born on July 30, 1818. Her mothers name was Maria Branwell and her father was Patrick Brontë. She was the fifth of sixth children. Emily went to school with her sister, Charlotte, at Cowan Bridge, from 1824-1825. In 1835, when Emily was at Roe Head, she suffered from home sickness and soon returned home after a few months of being there. Emily and Charlotte Brontë went to Brussels in 1842 to learn foreign languages and school management. The same year, her Aunt Branwell died. Emily then returned home to take care of her father. Since she had no close friends she wrote her first novel, Wuthering Heights. She died in late 1848 of tuberculosis. A man named Lockwood rents a manor house called Thrushcross Grange in the rural area of England. He meets his mean landlord, Heathcliff. Lockwood asks his housekeeper, Nelly Dean, to tell him the story of Heathcliff and the strange stories of Wuthering Heights. Nelly agrees, and Lockwood writes down his recollections of her tale in his diary. As a young girl Nelly she works as a servant at Wuthering Heights for the owner of the manor, Mr. Earnshaw, and his family. One day, Mr. Earnshaw goes to Liverpool and returns home with an orphan boy. At first, Hindley and his younger sister Catherine deny Heathcliff. But Catherine quickly comes to love him, and the two soon grow inseparable, spending their days playing. After his wife’s death, Mr. Earnshaw grows to prefer Heathcliff to his own son, and when Hindley continues to be mean to Heathcliff, Mr. Earnshaw sends Hindley away to college, keeping Heathcliff nearby. When Mr. Earnshaw dies, and Hindley inherits Wuthering Heights. He returns with a wife, Frances, and immediately seeks revenge on Heathcliff. Once an orphan, later a favored son, Heathcliff now finds himself treated as a common boy, forced to work in the fields. However, Heathcliff continues his close relationship with Catherine. One night they wander to Thrushcross Grange, hoping to tease Edgar and Isabella Linton, the shy snobby children who live there. Catherine is bitten by a dog and is forced to stay at the Grange to recuperate for five weeks, during which time Mrs. Linton works to make her a proper young lady. By the time Catherine returns, she has become very interested in Edgar, and her relationship with Heathcliff grows more complicated. When Frances dies after giving birth to Hareton, Hindley falls into the depths of alcoholism, and behaves even more cruel and abusive toward Heathcliff. Eventually, Catherine and Edgar become engaged, despite her overpowering love for Heathcliff. Heathcliff runs away from Wuthering Heights, staying away for three years, and returns shortly after Catherine and Edgar’s marriage. When Heathcliff comes back, he sets revenge on everyone who treated him badly. When Hindley dies, Heathcliff inherits the manor and places himself in line to inherit Thrushcross Grange by marrying Isabella Linton, whom he treats very cruelly. Catherine becomes ill and gives birth to a daughter, and dies. Heathcliff begs her spirit to remain on Earth. Isabella leaves and goes to London and gives birth to Heathcliff’s son, Linton, after her family. He stays with her there. Thirteen years pass, during which Nelly Dean serves as Catherine’s daughter’s nursemaid at Thrushcross Grange. Catherine grows up at the Grange with no knowledge of Wuthering Heights. However, one day she is wandering through the moors and discovers the manor. She meets Hareton, and they play together. Isabella dies and Linton comes to live with Heathcliff. Heathcliff treats him sick, whining son even crueler than he treated Isabella. Three years later, Catherine meets Heathcliff on the moors, and makes a visit to Wuthering Heights to meet Linton. She and Linton begin a secret romance conducted entirely through letters. When Nelly destroys Catherine’s collection of letters, the girl begins sneaking out at night to spend time with Linton. However, it quickly arises that Linton is pursuing Catherine only because Heathcliff is forcing him to. Nelly’s story ends as she reaches the present. Lockwood, appalled, ends his tenancy at Thrushcross Grange and returns to London. However, six months later, he pays a visit to Nelly, and learns of further developments in the story. Although Catherine originally mocked Hareton’s ignorance, Catherine grows to love Hareton as they live together at Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff becomes more and more obsessed with the memory of the elder Catherine, to the extent that he begins speaking to her ghost. Everything he sees reminds him of her. Shortly after a night spent walking on the moors, Heathcliff dies. Hareton and the young Catherine inherit Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, and they plan to be married on the next New Year’s Day. The reason I gave this book four stars instead of five
was because it was good but could have been better.
It started off kind of slow but then it gradually got
more interesting as the plot went on. http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Wuthering-Heights-Emily-Bronte-lsnmuqqpum
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