Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte

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“It is a tale of usurpation, revenge, and a devilish, preternatural passion that tamer beings can scarcely recognize as love.” (Duclaux) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is considered a masterpiece today, however when was first published, it received negative criticism for its passionate nature. Critics have studied the novel from every analytical angle, yet it remains one of the most haunting love stories of all time. “Wuthering Heights is not a comfortable book; it invites admiration rather than love.” (Stoneman) The novel contains several different levels that force readers to ponder the text. It allows for individual interpretations of the novel. The novel has supernatural encounters, crumbling ruins, moonless nights and monstrous…show more content…
She said, “Far better that she should be dead, than lingering a burden and a misery-maker to all about her,” (Brontë 202). By Nelly’s biased narration, Lockwood’s opinions are swayed, as Nelly had hoped. Emily Brontë uses many motifs in Wuthering Heights. One of the main recurring ideas in the novel is doubles, as seen with Catherine and Young Catherine. Catherine, Young Catherine’s mother, and Young Catherine’s story in the novel are extremely similar. Not only do they share a name and physical characteristics, but their love lives are similar as well. Catherine falls deeply in love with Heathcliff; however, in the end she did not marry him because of his low social status. Heathcliff was not as financially stable as Edgar Linton, whom she did marry. Young Catherine also loved a man, Hareton, who Young Catherine considered to be beneath her because of his illiteracy. However, Young Catherine overlooks Hareton’s flaws and their marriage on New Year’s Day concludes the cycle of conflict between Edgar, Catherine, and Heathcliff. Brontë repeats the love stories to establish symmetry in the book. Another example of doubles in Wuthering Heights is the two manors. Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights are two very similar houses, as the story is based on the families in the two manors. Emily uses doubles in the setting of the story to contrast the families in each home. Thrushcross Grange symbolizes a place of order, and rules. Isabella Linton was considered a true
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