Reading fictions is sort of virtual travelling. It takes you places- in different country, weird city, scary house, unknown planet; where you come across all kinds of people- laconic, garrulous, cunning, gullible, optimist, pessimist, vindictive, kind, biased, disinterested…all those people that you’ve met and all those that you haven’t. There is a myriad of fictions written in this world but only few make sure that their work becomes the reader’s journey. Rest just type and sell.
So here, let me give you some reasons as to why you should grab and glue to one of the most intriguing fictions- “Wuthering Heights “(by Emily Bronte)
It is like a perfect cuppa. A little sugar, distinctively dark and brewed in time. Just as you like it. Nothing more. Nothing less. The choice of words, imagery, style of narration- each of the part feels just correct. We may find deep interpretation in a simply uttered sentence. Bronte sure knew how to say more with few words.
It is a 167 years old book, yet it has a fresh essence. The subject is so realistic that no generation would feel it unusual. The root and nature of human emotions and sentiments never lose its substance. Even the contemporary readers can identify and relate to the feelings of the characters. All those who have read the book are amazed at the layers and the intensity that it carries.
Wuthering Heights is difficult to categorise. On surface, it is just a love story. But figuratively it is so much more. It has symbolic interpretations. It talks about the importance of class and status and to what extent people took it seriously- making it a social novel too. Also, one can notice how each character displays attributes of psychological impressions. Plus, it also falls in the ‘gothic genre’. Multiple issues are raised in one story. Themes like class, social mores, cruelty, child abuse, yearning, domestic violence, deception, reconciliation, eternal love etc. are so articulately described that you feel you are living through them in that dark ghostly setting.
4) Narrative Technique
With a distinct narration it builds a story within a story. Basically it is an omniscient third person narrative but the interaction between Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean begins the main story. And this makes it ‘The Interviewer’ technique. It doesn’t simply show us the characters; instead, it exposes us to them by telling minutely the traits and details which leads us to the study of the weakness of human nature. The questions that Lockwood asks Nelly, unveils us to a clandestine world enchanting the readers and making them incurably curious.
5) The Anti-Hero Lead
Bronte has created human flesh and not just characters. Among them all, Heathcliff is one who leaves a strong impact on the reader’s mind for long. He evokes all sort of emotions in the reader. He has a typical enchanting aura. His emotional complexity is captivating. You can hate him one moment and sympathise with him, the next. He has some heroic traits like his undying love for Catherine, his desire to prove his worth and to rise in society and to be a living answer to Hindley’s abusive and neglected treatment to him. He is also courageous to an extent but all his good qualities are overshadowed by the darkness that he carries with himself. He is full of vengeance. He is willing to destroy anyone for his own good. He knows neither mercy nor compunction. He is blood thirsty for revenge. All this apart, looking at his child-hood and the betrayal that he recieved in love, we understand what led him to becoming so evil. He is hopelessly in love with Catherine yet nothing stops him from putting her in miseries. He is powerful but emptiness has eaten him up. He yearns for Catherine. He is every bit of an unruly beast. He is swarthy, brooding and obsessive but all of it is a product of terrible sadness that he feels beneath.
Wuthering heights has some real touchy, fascinating and impactful quotes. Here, I have listed some of them for you-
•”My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, anymore than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”
•”Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both the ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.”
•”The entire world is a collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her.”
•”He might as well plant an oak in a flowerpot and expect it to thrive, as imagine he can restore her to vigour in the soil of his shallow cares!”
•”He is more myself than I am.”
7) In a nutshell you should read it because it is not an ordinary predictable romantic saga. It is a story taking you to moors to witness and experience a pathological love affair having gothic essence, rich dialogues (and monologues) and a consuming plot. Also, after reading it, you’ll have reasons to go back to this book once in a while. And before you begin, make sure you keep a tissue-box by your side.
Go dive in the wild!