Wuthering Heights Essay

1190 WordsFeb 24, 20135 Pages
Emily Bronte's gothic novel Wuthering Heights opens with a Mr. Lockwood moving into Thrushcross Grange and making it his home. He decides to call on his landlord, Mr. Heathcliff, at his estate Wuthering Heights. While there, Lockwood becomes intrigued by the history of Heathcliff, the man that owns the property. He asks his housekeeper at the Grange, Ellen Dean, to tell him about the family. Lockwood also wants to know more about Heathcliff and how he came into possession of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Dean narrates a tale of love, passion, jealousy, and betrayal. Wuthering Heights is the story of a passionate, yet twisted and doomed love affair between Heathcliff and Catherine. Heathcliff and Catherine's story reveals the darker side of love and obsession and how love can become a destructive force. Catherine and Heathcliff destroyed each other and those around them with their love. Initially, the estate known as Wuthering Heights was owned by a family known as the Earnshaws, who were considered middle class. Before departing a on a trip to London, Master Earnshaw asks his two children (Catherine and Hindley) what presents do they want to him bring to them. When Earnshaw returns home, he does not have any presents. Instead, he returns with a filthy, young boy he has named Heathcliff. Needless to say, Catherine and Hindley are furious and demand their father get rid of the boy. Earnshaw insists that the boy stays. At first, Catherine despised Heathcliff. In time, though, they become quite fond of each other. Hindley, however, hated Heathcliff and never accepted him into the family. Earnshaw is very fond of Heathcliff and makes sure to treat the boy with kindness. When it becomes evident that Hindley and Heathcliff will never get along, Earnshaw sends Hindley away to school. During his lifetime, Earnshaw treated Heathcliff as if he were his own

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