Apologies to Ray, I am so sorry this is so late in coming to the blog.
Revenge is a dish best served cold, should have been the title of Wurthering Heights.
Heathcliff is filled with vengeance and wrath. A few thoughts popped into my mind when reading this, (I always feel the need to think about this if it were set in modern times). His fixation with Catherine has made him mentally ill. At some points I felt that she played him and enjoyed his out bursts and jealousy. She has clear narcissistic tendencies. If this was now a days and someone described these two, to me I would think there was bound to be problems and tell them he needs to seek counselling.
Although Heathcliff goes away and comes back educated and with pots of money, from who knows where. The rest of the book is purely set in one village. No one seems to go anywhere but to church, everything else must be grown and produced on the properties. That is pretty isolating, where as other books written at this time, the characters are more worldly and venture to London or to the sea. This insular environment would suffocate me. And Cathy having never left the grounds of the estate, although it may have been vast, means that other than her father and the few servants she will have come into contact with, she would have had a very very small world.
Was Heathcliff in love with Catherine, or did he see her as his possession? Was he really a misogynist or a love sick puppy who went a little la la?
The book is filled with sadness on nearly every page. And after years of plotting and scheming and then is plan coming together to get both estates by marrying is invalid son to Cathy. He has a contract drawn up so that she would not inherit her fathers property on the death of Linton. That is pure evil genius. Along with what he does to Hareton is beyond despicable.
Towards the end, Heathcliff seems to lose his mind. Its as if he no longer has a reason to live, he just gives up. Maybe he is hallucinating through lack of food, or maybe he really is seeing Catherine, come to take him with her.
I also found it a little ghoulish that he digs next to Catherine's coffin, breaks the side of it down so that they touch when he is buried.
Nelly to me is the real subject of the book, being the person who is telling the story to Lockwood. Lockwood being a some what nosy bystander.
And at some points in the book I would have liked to have slapped Joseph.
My friend absolutely loves this book and has waxed lyrical about it. "Oh, and when you get to this bit, text me. I want to see what you think!", she said. She also said, "maybe you should read it again, you might get more from it".
I didnt like it. I cant see myself reading it again, if I did, I think I would watch one of the film adaptations of it. That way getting me into reading it again.
I would love to read your comments on this. Especially if you love it. I am trying to love all the classics and am looking for other people points of view. Maybe one of your reviews will make me read the book again.
p.s I have blogged this on my phone which is super hard. I apologise if there are spelling mistakes I cant find the icon to check.
p.p.s I realise that the picture is of another area of Yorkshire, but when I typed in Yorkshire moors, that beautiful picture came up. Isn't it stunning?