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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
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Apr 16, 07

Recommended for: Literary minded people
Read in September, 1987

The story describes the writer's intense feelings and unorthodox attitudes towards a sophisticated yet decaying society. It starts with a paternal love towards an abandoned boy whose calamity attracts a noble English man. Instead of submitting the child to a church, the man takes the boy to his house and elevates him to the level of a natural offspring and thus arouses his own biological son's jealousy. A totally unknown love develops between the boy and the sole girl of the house which is narrated in a third voice. Given the author's background and her inability to pull herself out of a circle which knows no ending to the banality of a rural life, one wonders and is fascinated, indeed, how she produces one of the most fascinating fictions ever written in English.

The author reminds us that love can not be compromised with personal comfort and capricious behaviors. You can not eat your cake and have it. Although Catherine is in deep love with the originally abandoned and philanthropically adopted boy, she flirts with a wealthy boy whose social status satisfies her unexpressed need for external acceptance. Unsuccessful marriages, we are constantly reminded, ruin the lives of all parties involved. Personal feelings must be controlled and brought under noble values if life is to be shared with others. Indirectly, the author emphasizes the religious principle of staying within marital boundaries once a faithful vow is being taken.
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Melanie Great review :)


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