“It is a tale of usurpation, revenge, and a devilish, preternatural passion that tamer beings can scarcely recognize as love.” (Duclaux)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is considered a masterpiece today, however when it was first published, it received negative criticism for its passionate nature. Critics have studied the novel from every analytical angle, yet it remains one of the most haunting love stories of all time. “Wuthering Heights is not a comfortable book; it invites admiration rather than love,” (Stoneman 1). The novel contains several different levels that force readers to ponder the text. It allows for individual interpretations of the novel. This makes the novel such a popular book to read. Wuthering Heights is a Gothic novel with twists and turns to keep readers interested. The novel leaves much to the reader’s imagination, and the openness to interpretation is popular among the novel’s audience. Emily Brontë includes components that are not expected, such as the theme of destructive love among others.
The novel has supernatural encounters, crumbling ruins, moonless nights and monstrous images hoping to create an atmosphere of mystery and fear. Emily Brontë challenges readers’ minds by creating different themes and filling the novel with symbolism and conflicts. Certain aspects of Brontë’s life contributed to the many elements of Wuthering Heights. For example, the narration, motifs and conflicts can all be traced back to Brontë’s childhood. The characters of the novel also relate to Brontë’s personal experiences from her childhood. One example being the character of Nelly Dean playing the mother role to other characters in the story. The characters of the novel also pass away and marry early because they know they will live short lives.
Emily Jane Brontë lived a short and intense life. No one knows much about her except for what she reveals in her writing, which consists of many poems and one novel, Wuthering Heights. Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire on July 30, 1818. She is one of three talented and famous sisters and fifth of six children. Brontë grew up in Hawthorn, a village that is built against a steep hill. Behind the town, were the empty moors that Brontë wandered in yearlong and loved deeply. The moors greatly influenced Emily’s life as the readers can see because much of the setting in Wuthering Heights takes place along the rugged bank and rippling brook of the moors. Brontë died at a young age, less than six months after her thirtieth birthday. Many of the characters in the book also tend to die during their youth.
Many other things in Brontë’s life affected her writing. Emily’s mother also gave her inspiration when writing her book. Brontë’s mother, Maria Branwell Brontë, passed away when Emily was only three years old. Consequently, readers find that many of the mothers, such as Catherine and Frances, die in the novel or do not raise their own children, such as Isabella who died when her son,...