Brief Summary of Emily Bronte´s Wuthering Heights

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This novel, by Emily Bronte, starts off in the perspective of the young and curious Mr. Lockwood in the winter of 1801, who has gone to Wuthering Heights to meet his landlord, the mysterious Heathcliff. While at the Heights, Lockwood finds himself unable to get home due to a snowstorm and is allowed to spend the night while he waits for the storm to subside. He stays in a forbidden guestroom where he finds several carvings of the name, Catherine. While staying in the room, he is haunted by nightmares, only to awaken the ghost of Catherine herself trying to get inside the house. The next morning, Lockwood returns back to his grounds of Thrushcross Grange, the mysterious character of Heathcliff still fresh in his mind. He begs his housekeeper, Nelly Dean to recall her time at the Heights, who happily begins to narrate the history of Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange, and their past inhabitants. From here most of the novel is being told to the reader through Nelly. She begins her recollection of memories around the time when Heathcliff is brought into the family. Nelly explains that Mr. Earnshaw, owner of Wuthering Heights before Heathcliff, went to LIverpool and returned with an orphan that he insists as raising as his own. He names the boy Heathcliff, who doesn’t mix well with the family. With some time, Catherine grows to love Heathcliff, but Hindley never accepts him, and grows to resent him due to Mr. Earnshaw’s favoritism to Heathcliff. His feelings towards Heathcliff never waver throughout the course of the novel, being a huge part of Heathcliff’s awful childhood. As time goes on, Catherine and Heathcliff grow closer, free from Hindley while he is away at college, but this ends as soon as Mr. Earnshaw dies. With his death... ... middle of paper ... ...mediately leaves to London, only to return half a year later to visit Nelly. While visiting, Nelly continues her story telling by concluding her tale with the recent events at the two estates. She informs him that Catherine had opened up to Hareton, similar to the first Catherine opening up Heathcliff. She even offers to teach him how to read after mocking his illiteracy in the past. While they fall in love, Heathcliff falls mad with the memory of Catherine, admitting to Nelly he has lost all desire to interfere with the two new lovers. His madness eventually drives him to the grave, which he asked to be buried next to his lover, Catherine, but at the same time laying next to his long time foe, Edgar. Nelly concludes to Lockwood that Catherine and Hareton will wed New Year’s Day, which symbolizes a new beginning between the two families, lovers, and estates.

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