Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte’s famous Victorian novel. This was the only novel she had ever written. This is a passionate story of an intense and demonic love between Catherine and Heatcliff. The action of the plot is chaotic and violent which makes this novel one of the unique masterpieces in the world literature. Bronte’s characters are real with the human emotions. This novel represents not only a love story but life in general. The lyrical prose has its specific style and structure. The novel is structured around two parallel love stories. It tells a story about two households and two generations. Also it describes the society and the role of women in that period of time.
Heathcliff and Catherine’s passion is one of the themes of the story. As Nelly is telling the story about them, she criticizes them harshly, saying that their passion is immoral. It is obvious that their passion is one of the memorable parts of the book. Heathcliff and Catherine believe they share the same perception that they are identical. What is interesting is their love is asexual. They do not hide in the dark corners and kiss each other. Both of them refuse to change over time or to accept the differences in others. Their love is beyond this world, it was born out of their rebellion not erotic love. Catherine and Heathcliff do not understand the nature if their love, they betray each other. Both marry a person they do not love and understand. What is beautiful in this novel is that it describes real people with not so nice emotions. This empathy is a consequence of the complex nature of all characters in the novel. This is definitively one of the most popular novels in literature in general and it is a must read book. Victorian readers thought the book is shocking and so will the modern readers.
The novel opens with Lockwood, a tenant of Heathcliff’s who is visiting his home. A following visit to Wuthering Heights brings in a curious supernatural encounter. Lockwood is curious about the event that happened. At Thrushcross Grange he asks Nelly Dean, a former servant in Wuthering Heights, to tell him the story about Heatcliff. Nelly begins her story.
Mr. Earnshaw owns Wuthering Heights. On his way back home he brings an orphan from Liverpool with him to his home Wuthering Heights. His name is Heathcliff and he is raised with the rest of Mr. Earnshaw’s children, Catherine and Hindley. Catherine loves Heathcliff very much. Hindley hates Heathcliff because has replaced him in his father’s affection. When Mr. Earnshaw dies, Hindley does everything he can to destroy Heathcliff’s life. But Heathcliff and Cathering grow up together playing wildly and fiercely on the moors. They were oblivious of everything around them. Until they meet the Lintons.