Emily was also confident enough to experiment in different mediums.
Indeed, her 29 surviving illustrations include a series of pen-and-ink sketches; some paintings — particularly watercolours; a handful of pencil drawings; some engravings; and a geometry exercise. One of her finest pieces is an watercolour of her pet merlin [a bird of prey] named Nero, so named presumably because its naturally wild ways evoked those of the tyrannical Roman emperor.
As well as accompanying her for daily walks on the moors, Keeper, in particular, was often seen lying next to Emily on the carpet while she read. Apparently, Emily often had to adjust her own position to reciprocate his affection, manoeuvring herself to get her arm around his neck. He discharged a weapon on a daily basis from a top floor window in the parsonage as a preventative measure against civil unrest by Luddites, a group which had rioted against technology replacing skilled craftsmen in the early 19 th -century. She is my right-hand, nay the very apple of my eye!
As a result, Emily quickly mastered the art of bread-making. Although Emily is largely known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights , the majority of her creative energy was put into the construction of Gondal — a sprawling imaginary island located in the Pacific Ocean that was led by women.
A character named Augusta Geraldine Almeida known in the poems as A. Entered Nov. Reads very prettily and Works a little. Left School June 1, The current of love, lust, and possession runs throughout the story which is told to the new renter of "The Grange" by the housekeeper of Wuthering Heights. As she sits and knits she spins the tale of the tempestuous love story of Cathy and Heathcliff, slowly but surely you are pulled in to all the machinations that the Lintons and Earnshaws and the orphan Heathcliff engage in across the cold, damp, windswept moors of the Yorkshire estate.
Your mind becomes filled with Heathcliff, always Heathcliff, watching planning and deeply in love with Cathy.
The story follows their lives through two generations. This is an 8. Verified Purchase. Read the description.
I mean, sure, shame on me for not reading a description, but when most people say paperback, they don't mean a students textbook. See all 76 questions about Wuthering Heights…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This is my favourite book. I do not say that lightly - I've read quite a lot from all different genres - but this is my favourite book. Of all time. The ladies over at The Readventurer kindly allowed me to get my feelings of utter adoration for Wuthering Heights off my chest in their "Year of the Classics" feature, but I now realise it's time I posted a little something in this blank review space.
I mean, come on, it's my favourite book so it deserves better than empty nothingness. So, what This is my favourite book.
So, what do I love so much about Wuthering Heights? Okay, maybe not. That wouldn't really be saying it strongly enough. What I love about this novel is the setting; the wilderness.
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This is not a story about niceties and upper class propriety. This is the tale of people who aren't so socially acceptable, who live away from the strict rules of civilization - it's almost as if they're not quite from the world we know. The isolation of the setting out on the Yorkshire moors between the fictional dwellings of The Heights and Thrushcross Grange emphasises how far removed these characters are from social norms, how unconventional they are, and how lonely they are. This is a novel for readers who can appreciate unlikeable characters; readers who don't have to like someone to achieve a certain level of understanding of them and their circumstances.
People are not born evil What torments a man so much that he refuses to believe he has any worth? What kind of person digs up the grave of their loved one so they can see them once again? Heathcliff was not created to be liked or to earn your forgiveness. It would be so easy to hate Heathcliff, and I don't feel that he is some dark, sexy hero like others often do.
Heathcliff eventually becomes little more than the man he hates. By being brought up with beatings and anger he in turn unleashes it on everyone else.
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And Cathy is no delicate flower either. What hope did Heathcliff have when the only person he ever loved was so selfish and vindictive? This is a dark novel that deals with some very complicated people, but I think in the end we are offered the possibility of peace and happiness through Cathy younger and Hareton's relationship, and the suggestion that Cathy older and Heathcliff were reunited in the afterlife. I had an English teacher in high school that said Cathy and Heathcliff's personalities and their relationship were too much for this world and that peace was only possible for them in the next.
I have no idea if this was something Ms Bronte intended, but the romantic in me likes to imagine that it's true. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 88 comments. Wanda I absolutely love and agree with your review. I personally love Heathcliff not because of his violent outburst but because in many many ways I underst I absolutely love and agree with your review. I personally love Heathcliff not because of his violent outburst but because in many many ways I understand the pain grief and torment of abuse and love.
Malou My favorite review of one of my favorite books. Dec 18, K. I understand why many people hate this book. Catherine and Heathcliff are monstrous. You won't like them because they are unlikable. They are irrational, self-absorbed, malicious and pretty much any negative quality you can think a person is capable of possessing without imploding. They seek and destroy and act with no thought to consequence. And I find it fascinating that Emily Bronte chose them to be her central protagonists. When this was first published it was met with animosity be I understand why many people hate this book.
When this was first published it was met with animosity because of how utterly repugnant these two characters were. The way they go about their business caring nothing for others but themselves was enough for me to shake my head in complete and total judgment, as if Catherine and Heathcliff could see me and are then effectively shamed by their actions. Wuthering Heights is epic, in my humble opinion, because I believe that the scope of this story is monumental. Let me explain: it is a simple tale between two families that are bound in such a way that their fates are irrevocably linked.
What affects one, affects the other. Its about Catherine and Heathcliff who fall in love and how their relationship ruins the lives of those around them. The book, all pages of it, occur almost entirely at Wuthering Heights, the estate of the Earnshaws, and at Thrushcross Grange, the estate of the Lintons with only a couple of miles of land in between. And yet it is not a small story. The emotional magnitude of this book is great and far reaching.
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The provoking and unapologetic quality of Bronte's writing is seductive. The process of reading this story can feel so masochistic sometimes that its almost if she's daring us to stop reading and throw the book away. Like its a game of personal endurance to see how much we can take, how far we can go. She pushes at us, challenging us and all the while knowing that we have to keep reading because redemption awaits. It is nothing like its contemporaries.
The moors, the darkness of the moors, that curses the household of Wuthering Heights and its inhabitants is ever present. Nature is personified. It is its own character; its there, lingering and simmering ever so quietly, saturating every scene with its silent threats of doom There is poison in this book, but let me ease your mind by saying that it is balanced with goodness also. This isn't a perfect novel. There were still moments I found myself in perplexion recently invented word.
And while everything about Catherine and Heathcliff may be corrupt, there is hope in Wuthering Heights. If you can journey through the menacing forest of Emily Bronte's imagination, do it because the view is something to behold. Ha ha ha, this review View all 85 comments. Shelves: anti-recs , classic , toswap , , romance , multiples , fiction , own.
I've tried it three times. I know people are obsessed with it. I hate everyone in the book - and I just can't care about a book where I actually hate the characters. And, sure, I get the interpretation that as terrible as Heathcliff and Cathy are, it's their love that redeems them, and isn't that romantic. View all comments.