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Monday, October 24, 2005

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


One of the masterpieces of English Romanticism; this is a novel of love and revenge. The demonic passion of the hero-villain Heathcliff destroys his beloved Catherine, her family and eventually herself.

3 Comments:

  • Wuthering Heights
    By: Emily Bronte
    First published in 1847
    Type of Book: Realistic Fiction
    Themes: Revenge, Destructive Love, and Social Class
    Background:
    This book revolves around the theme of revenge. It ties revenge into everyday the character Heathcliff’s life and relationships. Revenge is what Heathcliff lives and breathes for.
    Brief Summary:
    The story is about a man named Lockwood who rents a manor called Wuthering Heights. Lockwood asks his housekeeper Nelly Dean to tell him about the owner of the house Heathcliff, and the stories behind the manor.
    Nelly tells him a tale that involves love and ultimately revenge. It is a story that follows Heathcliff through his attempts to win the heart of the beautiful Catherine.
    Reaction:
    Describe the book:
    I thought that the book was interesting because it showed just how complicated love can become. It showed just how drastically an intense infatuation could impact someone’s life.
    Respond to the author's opinions:
    I thought that Bronte was able to portray how overpowering revenge could be. She showed the major impact that love could have on a person. But I also thought that she took it too far when she showed how Heathcliff had become infatuated with Catherine at such an extreme level.
    This was exemplified when:
    o Heathcliff begged for her spirit to remain on Earth-- she may take whatever she will, she may haunt him, drive him mad—just as long as she does not leave him alone.
    Explore issues the book raises:
    The book suggests that love can be so overpowering that it completely overturns your life. It also suggests that you can never truly get over someone you love.
    Wuthering Heights failed to show that Heathcliff could love someone else. Even though Heathcliff married someone, he didn’t love her. He married her to get a foothold into inheriting another manor.
    Relate your argument to other books or authors:
    One author that supports Bronte’s use of revenge is Daniel Pool. He explains his views in the book What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist—The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England.
    Relate the book to larger issues:
    This book didn’t have a significant impact on me. It showed me how love could lead to jealous rage. It was hard for me to relate to because I have never experienced a love that had gone that awry. It depicted a cruel world with intense revenge.
    Even though this book seemed far-fetched at points, I was able to obtain information for the independent study relatively easily.
    Give a recommendation of who you think would like this book:
    I think this book would be good for someone who enjoys seeing the adverse affects of relationships and romance.
    Give advice for students on their project and for reading this book:
    If you plan on reading this book for your independent study, then I would recommend not procrastinating. This book takes a long time to read; it is very long and can be dry at parts.

    Conclude by summarizing your ideas:
    Overall this book provided a new and interesting insight on relationships and their possibly negative affects. It was fairly easy to read, but it contained some more difficult vocabulary. I would recommend this book for the independent study project because all of the projects elements were semi-easy to find.

    By Blogger Christy, at 2:04 PM  

  • Wuthering Heights
    By: Emily Bronte
    First published in 1847
    Type of Book: Realistic Fiction
    Themes: Revenge, Destructive Love, and Social Class
    Background:
    This book revolves around the theme of revenge. It ties revenge into everyday the character Heathcliff’s life and relationships. Revenge is what Heathcliff lives and breathes for.
    Brief Summary:
    The story is about a man named Lockwood who rents a manor called Wuthering Heights. Lockwood asks his housekeeper Nelly Dean to tell him about the owner of the house Heathcliff, and the stories behind the manor.
    Nelly tells him a tale that involves love and ultimately revenge. It is a story that follows Heathcliff through his attempts to win the heart of the beautiful Catherine.
    Reaction:
    Describe the book:
    I thought that the book was interesting because it showed just how complicated love can become. It showed just how drastically an intense infatuation could impact someone’s life.
    Respond to the author's opinions:
    I thought that Bronte was able to portray how overpowering revenge could be. She showed the major impact that love could have on a person. But I also thought that she took it too far when she showed how Heathcliff had become infatuated with Catherine at such an extreme level.
    This was exemplified when:
    o Heathcliff begged for her spirit to remain on Earth-- she may take whatever she will, she may haunt him, drive him mad—just as long as she does not leave him alone.
    Explore issues the book raises:
    The book suggests that love can be so overpowering that it completely overturns your life. It also suggests that you can never truly get over someone you love.
    Wuthering Heights failed to show that Heathcliff could love someone else. Even though Heathcliff married someone, he didn’t love her. He married her to get a foothold into inheriting another manor.
    Relate your argument to other books or authors:
    One author that supports Bronte’s use of revenge is Daniel Pool. He explains his views in the book What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist—The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England.
    Relate the book to larger issues:
    This book didn’t have a significant impact on me. It showed me how love could lead to jealous rage. It was hard for me to relate to because I have never experienced a love that had gone that awry. It depicted a cruel world with intense revenge.
    Even though this book seemed far-fetched at points, I was able to obtain information for the independent study relatively easily.
    Give a recommendation of who you think would like this book:
    I think this book would be good for someone who enjoys seeing the adverse affects of relationships and romance.
    Give advice for students on their project and for reading this book:
    If you plan on reading this book for your independent study, then I would recommend not procrastinating. This book takes a long time to read; it is very long and can be dry at parts.

    Conclude by summarizing your ideas:
    Overall this book provided a new and interesting insight on relationships and their possibly negative affects. It was fairly easy to read, but it contained some more difficult vocabulary. I would recommend this book for the independent study project because all of the projects elements were semi-easy to find.

    By Blogger Christy, at 2:04 PM  

  • Wuthering Heights
    By: Emily Brontë
    First published in 1847
    Fiction
    The themes in this novel are the destruction of never changing love and the constant change of social class for each character.
    The main problem in this novel involves Catherine and Heathcliff, which are the two main characters. Their undeniable love causes their relationship and the relationships with others to crumble.
    Wuthering Heights is a novel about a man by the name of Lockwood that visits a manor called Wuthering Heights. Strange and mysterious things happen at the manor and when Lockwood returns home, his housekeeper retells the story of Heathcliff, the owner of Wuthering Heights, and Catherine, his one true love. Even though Catherine and Heathcliff’s love for each other is so strong, their love completely destroys themselves, the relationships in their families and their generations to come. While reading this book, I was sometimes confused on which character was which because the author, Brontë, repeated many of the character’s names. This book was very interesting to me because of the constant conflict between the characters. Each character endured many hardships which made me sad to see. For the most part, I agreed with the author about the dangers of love and the destructive effects it caused. Since the main issue in this book was about love, it shows the possibilities of new relationships forming as a result. Unfortunately, Wuthering Heights leaves out the importance of “true” love within these relationships. When reading this book, it showed me that something so pure and undeniable such as love, can cause such devastating results. Because the novel was an English literature, it related to our course by dealing with the English romance and fantasies that are usually related to this topic.
    The people that would enjoy this book are ones that like love stories with a little romance. Even though, this book isn’t a fairy tale, it shows the devotion and drive to do whatever that is possible to conquer their love. Some advice for reading this book is to try and find the themes, motifs, symbols and conflicts before reading. By knowing before-hand, it will be easier to spot in the book and a faster way to relate it to your essay. All I can say is, please don’t procrastinate on anything during the reading, project and essay! It definitely will not help your grade or sleep!
    All in all, Wuthering Heights was very interesting to read. It showed the powerful effects love has on yourself, your family and society. By reading the book with an open mind, it is pretty easy to understand the deeper meaning.

    By Blogger Natalie, at 8:48 PM  

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