Hey everyone! I’ve decided to start a series called Book of The Month! Hopefully, I can continue doing this series! The first book review will be about…Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights! Just done a poll on my Twitter page and… you guys chose Wuthering Heights! Yay!!!
By the way, comment down below if you have any suggestions for the book of the month!
If you know me in real life, I’m a HUGE Emily Bronte fan. I’ve done my translation project on her selected poems. Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite novels of all time! I can never shut up talking about it lol! I don’t know why but I feel so connected with her as well as Yorkshire( her hometown) I’ve never been to Yorkshire though! I can’t wait to visit there as well as Bronte’s house where she lived and wrote this amazing novel!
So, in this blog post, I’ll be talking about it. Wuthering Heights can be considered as a psychological novel. The plot and characters all have very deep meanings, yet they are exaggerated. The setting makes the novel gothic. Maze-like passages that lead to ancestral guilt, which reveals itself as the plot unfolds.
There is a gothic villain, who often chose a young maiden to victimize. Both Charlotte and Emily Bronte wrote about the uncanny in their books, which allowed a way of psychological interpretation! The name wuthering heights makes you think of windy heights, doesn’t it? The wind is a symbol of passion throughout the novel. The walls of Thruscross Grange are thick, and the windows are always closed; in order to ban this burning passion.
There are a lot of symbols that can be interpreted as unconscious. I know Freud later developed his theories about the unconscious after Bronte lived and published this book, yet still, we can psychoanalyze the characters! Well, the book is about Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff’s passionate yet violent love that in the end results in separation. Call it a twin flame love, it’s a very violent one. You might probably hate Heathcliff in the beginning and adore Catherine but in the end, you become upset over Heathcliff. The betrayal of Catherine haunts Heathcliff, even the readers as well as his terrible revenge continues to haunt the present, in the novel.
There are two unreliable narrators. I’m saying ”unreliable” because they are. (lol) Well, they tell the story from their memory as well as their point of view. Mr. Lockwood is the tenant of Grange, and Nelly Dean is the maid of Grange later the Heights. She is old servant of Heights and accompanied Catherine to Grange when she married Edgar Linton. Therefore, she is a first-hand witness. She is wise and judicious while narrating but… sometimes.
Bronte leaves the understanding of narration to the reader. We need to get into the heart of the novel. How Heathcliff is treated in the novel really points out his role of being an ”outsider” or as in Freudian terms, the uncanny. He is representing the unconscious motives we all have.
Catherine runs away from Heathcliff as the plot unfolds. This can be interpreted as a way of running from her repressed desires towards him. She decides to marry Edgar Linton who is the heir of Thruscross Grange, though we as a reader know what she is not in love with him like she is in love with Heathcliff.
As I won’t go to any more detail while writing this review, since there might be people out there who hadn’t had the chance to read the book. Yes, it’s a classic but we cannot assume that everyone has read it, right? That’s why I’m keeping this review a bit precise and just highlighting some important parts you might consider while reading it or you might re-consider and go back to the book if you have read it!
Let me know in the comments down below if you have read it, planning to or what do you think of the book in general! Let’s have a chat!
Until the next post, lovelies!