Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

by Emily Brontë

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Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. Written between October 1845 and June 1846, Wuthering Heights was published in 1847 under the pseudonym "Ellis Bell"; Brontë died the following year, aged 30. Wuthering Heights and Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey were accepted by publisher Thomas Newby before the success of their sister Charlotte's novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily's death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in 1850.

Although Wuthering Heights is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature, contemporary reviews for the novel were deeply polarised; it was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was unusually stark, and it challenged strict Victorian ideals of the day, including religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality

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BN ID: 2940157098025
Publisher: AF
Publication date: 09/05/2016
Series: Literary Classics , #15
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 640 KB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is a classic gothic novel that demonstrates the power of unrequited love and the frustration of social class and family.  I appreciated Bronte’s character development throughout the novel, especially with Heathcliff and Catherine. Both are described as elements of nature: Heathcliff as a rock and Catherine as wind. These details add to the effectiveness of the story by increasing the depth of Bronte’s writing. Bronte’s style is the most interesting part of the book because it made the story not just an everyday romance. Her word choice and syntax elevate the writing making it more entertaining. Her attention to detail also strengthens the plot. I thought it effective when she compared Heathcliff to Wuthering Heights. Bronte’s use of doubles also strengthens her themes. Many of the doubles play with the idea that the second generation often has more free-will and choice than the first generation. It was interesting to consider that although it is a gothic novel, the novel is romantic and beautiful instead of grotesque and scary. Bronte’s telling of the story is what truly makes the story effective in the end. She uses the narrators, Nelly and Lockwood, as different points of view that enhance the novel and make it interesting. Lockwood does not seem to have a good sense of judgment because he is an outsider to the family. Therefore, his point of view adds a different perspective. Also, Nelly is very biased towards Catherine and throughout the novel is protecting her and her future generations. This brings the reader questions because she tells the story with a bias. This novel keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end.