Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

After Christmas I really wanted to invest into some old classics'. The last one I read was To Kill a Mockingbird and I loved it. My mum suggested I read Wuthering Heights. In america and lit classes this is one of those dull classic books you generally have to read I'm sure most students just watch the film or read the notes on it. 
I found this book to be so incredible, for those who don't know this is a Classic 'Love Story' it's incredibly tragic as well. Emily Bronte had some pure talent, for her time not many women could read or write so for this to be developed during that time it's amazing. These classics can be found in every book shop because they are so ironic, these are the books that truly shaped writer's today. The book was published so early that her original name was not displayed but as Ellis, as women were not meant to be educated. 

The plot of the book without giving it away for those who have not read it is: Set in the English moors, where not many families lived at the time because of the weather. 
The book at the start is incredibly confusing, you have no clue who you're reading as - Mr Lockwood a man who visits the Home 'Wuthering Heights' where he meets Mr Heathcliff, the gentlemen of the house. He then later meets the housekeeper of the home Nelly Dean to tell him the tale of the man he is renting off (Heathcliff) Then you are reading as the story of which Nelly Dean is telling. 
The Heights is occupied by a family called the Earnshaws with their children Hindley,Catherine and their help, when Mr Earnshaw takes in a poor boy (Heathcliff) who does not speak much English but is willing to work and help out, takes a liking to the daughter Catherine. 
There is a constant battle between the two characters of Hindley and Heathcliff, the love for Catherine that Heathcliff is not allowed to have brings up constant battles also. The story continues as they grow up and move on with their lives when there is a huge argument and Heathcliff runs away. 

There is many films that have been developed but miss out on major events that develop the relationship which Catherine and Heathcliff have, I also do not think they justify how great the character of Nelly really was, the main story teller and the long family friend of Catherine's even as she grows up and gets married. 
You can buy this book for as cheap at £1.99 but it is an incredibly long read. I got mine from the Christmas Collections they had at Waterstones in a Hard back for £10. 


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