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Emily Brontë by Rod Mengham
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Oct 08, 10

Read from September 30 to October 08, 2010

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Another reread for my vampire genre class, as there are not only the vampiric relationships going on but hints of vampirism surrounding the deaths of the main characters. I hated this novel back in my undergrad days and in the reread I still hate it. I have no pity for any of them.

I find it an utterly unconvincing love story. Catherine is a user. Heathcliff is a sociopath. Now, if I had to pity anyone besides Cathy II, Hareton & Linton in the second half of the novel, it would be Heathcliff. Abandoned beggar then treated like crap by Catherine’s brother, the servants (Nell running hot and cold throughout), and even by Catherine herself, it’s not a wonder they managed to create a sociopath (if in fact they are created and not just born that way). Heathcliff never stood a chance but it doesn’t excuse his own sadism. This is just an all around unpleasant story and I’ve never understood the love for it. Sorry, I don’t. Catherine gets exactly what she gives. Her husband is no better and her brother reaped what he sowed. Even Isabella was warned but didn’t heed it, though I did feel a little sorry for her. I was wondering though if Cathy II has never heard of going out a window or poison but I have to remember when this was written and how helpless women were seen as being


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Cornerofmadness It was interesting and it helped that the prof did take a less than starry-eyed view of Heathcliff


Cornerofmadness can't say that I blame her


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