Author: Emily Brontë Genre: , , , , ,

Wuthering Heights was written (and takes place) in the 17-1800s. The story starts with a man named Lockwood, who is staying at a place called Thrushcross Grange. He visits Wuthering Heights, which is where the owner of the Grange, Heathcliff, lives. While there, Lockwood meets Heathcliff and a few other people, and when he comes back to the Grange, he asks the maid, Nelly Dean (a.k.a. Ellen), about them. Nelly has been with that family since she was little, and now, in the present with Lockwood, she flashes back in time to where all the family drama started. The majority of this book is Nelly’s flashback from her point of view, with breaks in between from Lockwood’s point of view in the present. He learns from Nelly, alongside the reader, about all the family drama that occurred years before between two families, the Lintons and the Earnshaws. The Linton family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Linton, and their children, Edgar and Isabella Linton. The Lintons lived at Thrushcross Grange. The Earnshaw family included Mr. and Mrs. Earnshaw, and their children, Hindley and Catherine Earnshaw. This family lived in Wuthering Heights. Nelly lived with the Earnshaws, so since the flashback is from her point of view, most of it is about them. When Nelly’s narration starts, she tells about how Mr. Earnshaw goes to the village one night and brings home an orphan. The Earnshaws name him Heathcliff, and he becomes part of the Earnshaw family. Catherine becomes good friends with Heathcliff, while Hindley despises him. After a while, Heathcliff’s friendship with Catherine deepens into love for her. But Catherine does not think of him in that way, because her sights are set on Edgar Linton. When Catherine betrays Heathcliff, he becomes cruel and spiteful. Nelly continues her story to tell Lockwood about the second generation of these families, after all the characters that were introduced as kids in the beginning are grown up and have kids of their own. This next generation of Lintons and Earnshaws has to deal with Heathcliff’s rage because of the Heathcliff-Catherine-Edgar love triangle they know nothing about. Finally, Nelly’s narration is over and the book continues for the last few pages from Lockwood’s point of view in the present again. I liked Wuthering Heights, but some parts were so confusing that it was difficult to enjoy the story. I eventually figured it all out, and I liked it much better after reading it a second time, because I understood a lot more. But if you want to read this, be prepared that it can be pretty confusing. Also, since it was written in the 1800s, the language can be hard to understand. The beginning may be slow and difficult to get through, but once you get through that, it is an excellent book. Also, I was satisfied with the ending, because I felt like all the loose ends came together. Overall, after I understood everything, I loved Wuthering Heights and I suggest it for ages 13 and up.

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