Like many people I originally read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte in High School for one of my English classes. I remember enjoying it due to the unlikable characters, but I remembered very little of the actual story, so I decided to read it again.
The story is sometimes hard to follow as events are not told in chronological order. The story begins with Mr. Lockwood, a tenant, visiting the estate of his landlord. So appalled at the behavior of his landlord, he decides to ask the servant Nelly how things came to be this way. He records her story through his journal where the readers receive the information.
The basic premise of the story is several generations of characters who experience various traumatic events in their lives, each of them handling it poorly and passing this poor behavior down to the next. Some characters are easy to feel pity for, like Heathcliff who gets physically and emotionally abused throughout the story. While others, like Catherine, are much more difficult to sympathize with since they have a good life and are rebelling for its own sake.
The drama that unfolds as the characters grow more sick and twisted is agonizing. While sometimes I despised the characters, there are other times where I pitied them. More often for their own self-inflicted pain than their actual circumstances.
When I originally read this for class we did some detailed analysis. I remembered some of it as I was reading, but I really enjoyed just reading the novel without having to focus on those elements. I was glad to have reread this classic.
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