Wuthering Heights Essay

1438 WordsMar 14, 20116 Pages
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte’s haunting novel, Wuthering Heights, tells a tale fraught with obsession, revenge, heartache, and ultimately, grief. Heathcliff, a man who as a child was adopted into a wealthy family, falls in love with Catherine, the daughter of Mr. Earnshaw, the man who adopted him. Mr. Earnshaw becomes quite fond of Heathcliff and grows to love him even more than his biological son, Hindley. Life is good for Heathcliff, until everything changes with the death of Mr. Earnshaw. Hindley inherits Wuthering Heights and channels his resentment toward Heathclif to treat him like a servant. Despite the unpleasant turn of events in Heathcliff’s life, he is still thankful to have the love of his life, Catherine, by his side. However, that too changes when Catherine is taken away to become a “lady”. Although Catherine claims to be deeply in love with Heathcliff, she is a sycophant, and ends up marrying someone else to make an advancement in her social status. Alone and miserable, Heathcliff becomes obsessed with revenge on all those who have wronged him- even, to a certain extent, the woman he loves. Even after Catherine’s death, Heathcliff is determined to now get revenge on her daughter. Bronte’s eerie, yet captivating novel truly hooks the reader by unveiling something rarely seen or discussed- the dark side of love. The element of Bronte’s novel that is doubtlessly the biggest contributor to the book’s chilling mood is her mastery of pessimism (Snodgrass). Everything from the setting of the novel, to the characterization has an air of melancholy and disconsolation. The famous quote “All good things come to an end” is quite frequently germane to the book and parallels Heathcliff’s life. While his days were once filled with luxury and love, his life, very quickly, turns into a downward spiral as he loses everything and everyone-from his status, to the

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