The book was written by Emily Bronte， it published in 1847.But at that time， it seemed to hold little promise， selling very poorly and receiving only a few mixed reviews. I found this in our school library， I chose this book because the title attracted me. The book is structured around two parallel love stories， the first half of the novel centering on the love between Catherine and Heathcliff， while the less dramatic second half features the developing love between young Catherine and Hareton. In contrast to the first， the latter tale ends happily， restoring peace and order to Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. In the story， the two houses， Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange， represent opposing worlds and values.
I spent twenty days reading this book. After reading this book， I felt for Heathcliff at first. Heathcliff begins his life as a homeless orphan on the streets of Liverpool， and then he tyrannized by Hindley Earnshaw. But he bees a villain when he acquires power and returns to Wuthering Heights with money and the trappings of a gentleman. His malevolence proves so great and long—lasting. As he himself points out， his abuse of Isabella—his wife is purely sadistic， as he amuses himself by seeing how much abuse she can take and still e cringing back for more.
Catherine represents wild nature， in both her high， lively spirits and her occasional cruelty. She loves Heathcliff so intensely that she claims they are the same person. However， her actions are driven in part by her social ambitions， which initially are awakened during her first stay at the Lintons， and which eventually pel her to marry Edgar. Catherine is free—spirited， beautiful， spoiled， and often arrogant， she is given to fits of temper， and she is torn between her both of the men who love her. The location of her coffin symbolizes the conflict that tears apart her short life. She is buried in a corner of the Kirkyard. In contrast to Catherine， Isabella Linton—Catherine’s sister—in—law represents culture and civilization， both in her refinement and in her weakness. Ultimately， she ruins her life by falling in love with Heathcliff. He never returns her feelings and treats her as a meretool in his quest for revenge on the Linton family.
Just as Isabella Linton serves as Catherine’s foil， Edgar Linton serves as Heathcliff’s. Edgar grows into a tender， constant， but cowardly man. He is almost the ideal gentleman. However， this full assortment of gentlemanly characteristics， along with his civilized virtues， proves useless in Edgar’s clashes with his foil. He sees his wife obviously in love with another man but unable to do anything to rectify the situation. Heathcliff， who gains power over his wife， sister ， and daughter.
The whole story make people’s mood heavy. Fortunately， the end is happy.
The author Emily Bronte lived an eccentric， closely guarded life. She was born in 1818， two years after Charlotte—the author of Jane Eyre and a year and a half before her sister Anne， who also became an author. Her father worked as a church rector， and her aunt， who raised the Bronte children after their mother died， was deeply religious. Emily Bronte did not take to her aunt’s Christian fervor， the character of Joseph， a caricature of an evangelical， may have been inspired by her aunt’s religiosity. The Brontes lived in Haworth， a Yorkshire village in the midst of the moors. These wild， desolate expanses—later the setting of Wuthering Heights—made up the Brontes daily environment， and Emily lived among them her entire life. She died in 1848， at the age of thirty.
I like this book because it rest on the unforgettable characters. Wuthering Heights is based partly on the Gothic tradition， a style of literature that featured supernatural encounters， crumbling ruins， moonless nights， and grotesque imagery， seeking to create effects of mystery and fear. I would like to remend this book to other readers.
Published in 1847， WUTHERING HEIGHTS was not well received by the reading public， many of whom condemned it as sordid， vulgar， and unnatural--and author Emily Bronte went to her grave in 1848 believing that her only novel was a failure. It was not until 1850， when WUTHERING HEIGHTS received a second printing with an introduction by Emilys sister Charlotte， that it attracted a wide readership. And from that point the reputation of the book has never looked back. Today it is widely recognized as one of the great novels of English literature.
Even so， WUTHERING HEIGHTS continues to divide readers. It is not a pretty love story; rather， it is swirling tale of largely unlikeable people caught up in obsessive love that turns to dark madness. It is cruel， violent， dark and brooding， and many people find it extremely unpleasant. And yet--it possesses a grandeur of language and design， a sense of tremendous pity and great loss that sets it apart from virtually every other novel written.
The novel is told in the form of an extended flashback. After a visit to his strange landlord， a newer to the area desires to know the history of the family--which he receives from Nelly Deans， a servant who introduces us to the Earnshaw family who once resided in the house known as Wuthering Heights. It was once a cheerful place， but Old Earnshaw adopted a Gipsy child who he named Heathcliff. And Catherine， daughter of the house， found in him the perfect panion: wild， rude， and as proud and cruel as she. But although Catherine loves him， even recognizes him as her soulmate， she cannot lower herself to marry so far below her social station. She instead marries another， and in so doing sets in motion an obsession that will destroy them all.
WUTHERING HEIGHTS is a bit difficult to get into; the opening chapters are so dark in their portrait of the end result of this obsessive love that they are somewhat off-putting. But they feed into the flow of the work in a remarkable way， setting the stage for one of the most remarkable structures in all of literature， a story that circles upon itself in a series of repetitions as it plays out across two generations. Catherine and Heathcliff are equally remarkable， both vicious and cruel， and yet never able to shed their impossible love no matter how brutally one may wound the other.
As the novel coils further into alcoholism， seduction， and one of the most elaborately imagined plans of revenge it gathers into a ghostly tone: Heathcliff， driven to madness by a woman who is not there but who seems reflected in every part of his world--dragging her corpse from the grave， hearing her calling to him from the moors， escalating his brutality not for the sake of brutality but so that her memory will never fade， so that she may never leave his mind until death itself. Yes， this is madness， insanity， and there is no peace this side of the grave or even beyond.
It is a stunning novel， frightening， inexorable， unsettling， filled with unbridled passion that makes one cringe. Even if you do not like it， you should read it at least once--and those who do like it will return to it again and again.
wuthering heights is a well-written tragedy of love. after reading the whole story， i would like to talk about the main characters of the story?catherine earnshaw and heathcliff. catherine earnshaw and heathcliff love each other very much， but they do not have the right attitude towards love， which leads to the tragedy.
in catherine?s life， she made a very foolish decision---marrying to edgar.in fact， her love for edgar can never be pared to that for heathcliff. she did so， because she thought the wealth of edgar would be useful to heathcliff. but in reality， it did not work. she did not have a good understanding of love， which is something pure and saint. if anyone add any purpose into love， love itself lost its meaning. catherine?s wrong decision hurt two people who love her， and even destroyed the happiness of their offspring.
heathcliff is a man full of retaliation. he loved catherine very much， but what he did， on the contrary， added to the misery of catherine. in my opinion， if he really loved catherine， he should not walk into catherine?s life again after his disappearance. further more， after the death of catherine， what heathcliff did brought agony to catherine?s daughter， as well as his own son.
after reading， i have a better understanding of love. if you love really someone， his or her happiness is the thing that most matters.