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Wuthering Heights

Dealing with Bronte Sister books were never easy. It took almost half a year for me to have courage to read another Bronte’s sisters book after Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Wuthering Heights is considered as gothic romance novel. This book has romance story but in dark manner and made the reader (especially myself) feel depressed and somehow in like/dislike relationship with this book. I wonder whether the life of Emily Bronte is so dark and unhappy because her writing made me think it was.

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The story began when Mr. Earnshaw brought an orphan boy home, Heathcliff. Hindley and Cathy, the Earnshaw children, felt very disappointed because their father brought home an uncertain boy from Liverpool despite the gifts their father already promised. No one in Wuthering Heights (name of Mr. Earnshaw house) felt compassionate or tries to make friend with Heathcliff except Mr. Earnshaw himself. Heathcliff was a quiet, bad-tempered, and cunning boy whom existence bothering everyone near him but for a strange reason and slow but sure Cathy admired the wild Heathcliff and suddenly they became inseparable and unfortunately fallen in love with each other.

After Mr. Earnshaw died, Hindley the elder son made Heathcliff life like hell. Cathy, the one friend that he ever got changed dramatically after accidentally spent several weeks in Trushcross Grange, the Linton family surprisingly changed her became a well-mannered girl. The climax was despite her feelings to Heathcliff she decided to married Edgar Linton, a gentleman that will support her climbing social status. Knowing that there is no more happiness that can hold him in Wuthering Heights he decided to leave and promised himself to take revenge to all people that hurt him. Sure that this story does not end this way and left us to the question, “Is there any happy ending in this novel?” What do you think?

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Reading several first chapters in this book did not made me enjoying this book at all. I wonder is there any man like Heathcliff that seem doesn’t have kindness at all. At first I think that this novel was a kind of bildungsroman where the main character have a chance to develop to become someone better than he/she used to be but I think I’m wrong.

Although the story mainly told us about how Heathcliff plan a revenge to hurt everyone, surprisingly it has a happy ending (according to me). Different from Jane Eyre, this story ending is kind of relief after reading much hatred and twisted mind of every character. Sometime I feel want to pass the page that tell about Heathcliff and Cathy feelings but strangely I feel challenged and not boring at all to see what happen next. Four stars for Emily Bronte.

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