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"Wuthering Heights" Summary, Characters and Setting

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Summary of "Wuthering Heights":

Who Is Heathcliff? 

Wuthering Heights is a story about revenge by the man called Heathcliff. He is a gypsy like man who only lived until he was in his late thirties. He rises by his adopted family only to be treated like a servant. After that, He returns after becoming educated only to try to get revenge on the two families he thinks ruined his life.

Love of Heathcliff and Cathy Summary:

Moreover, "Wuthering Heights" story is about unfortunate lovers, Heathcliff and Cathy, who despite a deep affection for one another, are forced by circumstance and prejudice to live there apart because they can’t marry. Later, Heathcliff and Cathy first meet as children when her father brings him to live with them.

Summary of Story End:

When the old man dies after many years, Cathy's brother becomes the master of the estate and turns Heathcliff out forcing him to live in the servants and working as a stable boy. There is a class discrimination that appears between them, and she eventually marries a rich neighbor, Mr. Edgar Linton, at which point Heathcliff disappears. After several years, he becomes rich and returns to take revenge.

Protagonists of "Wuthering Heights":

Heathcliff is the protagonist of "Wuthering Heights" novel. He is an orphan since he was a child, and he is constantly on the outside as well as constantly losing people. Though he and Catherine Earnshaw admit that they love each other, her decision to marry Edgar Linton almost destroys their relationship. He spends most of his life struggling and seeking for revenge. He is aggressive, brutal, and cruel.

Another protagonist of the novel is Catherine Earnshaw. She is the love of Heathcliff's life. She is Wild, impetuous, and arrogant when she was a child. Moreover, she grows up in the way that she can get everything she wants. When two men fall in love with her, she makes them confused. Furthermore, Catherine's selfishness makes her hurting everyone she loves, including herself.

Antagonists of "Wuthering Heights":

Edgar is the antagonist of the novel. He is a decent and faithful man. He is, in essence, appearance, and stature Heathcliff's opposite. He is a man with light hair and a fair skin that is well-dressed, well-behaved, and rich. He rises in a good life down at Thrushcross Grange, thus he really does not have anything to worry about. In the beginning of the novel, he appears with his puppy who naturally makes him a big ninny in Heathcliff's eyes. Moreover, his attitude toward Heathcliff is considered as one of the extreme superiority.

Setting of "Wuthering Heights":

The setting of the novel occurs in two households, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. These two places reflect the way live there. Around Wuthering Heights, life is stormy and tumultuous just like the people who live there are all some kinds crazy and extremely passionate. But, Thrushcross Grange is a more peaceful, serene setting and the people in that household appear to be more introverted, peaceful, and polite, and sometimes they seem weak. Moreover, the moor in between the two households is a kind of middle ground that most characters of the novel like Catherines and Heathcliff that when they were young, they go there to get an escape.

Analysis of "Wuthering Heights":

For the reason I liked the novel of "Wuthering Heights", I think it is so romantic. Lovers could not get together. Their love story is perfect. However, I stood on Heathcliff side, because people didn't treat him very well expect Catherine, thus it was his right to take revenge. There is another thing I enjoyed about this book is that it is forever changing. Each character's personality has so many ups and downs that it's hard to keep up with.

For the reason I disliked the novel of "Wuthering Heights", I think that Heathcliff is the one who hates books and does not like the rules as Catherine's does. Joseph appears to be the most religious one in the novel. Thus, he thinks they are devilled because they aren’t close to God. There is also Nelly, who told Heathcliff that people think God is the law, and he is the only one who can punish people. But Heathcliff doesn't think so, and he takes the God’s rule to punish people, which lead him to revenge.

"Wuthering Heights" Plot Summary, Characters and Criticism


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