Thought Provoking: 8/10
such a dark, sadistic and haunting tale of passion and madness. I am not sure whether I really enjoyed this but I can see why others can be fanatical.
You can really see the influence of the Bronte’s upbringing on the deserted moors of Yorkshire in the desolate and lonely pages of this book.
I am reminded of ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett…. the invalid child, the absense of a mother, the lonely moors, the housekeeper and the menacing father all have a role to play in both stories.
A gentleman moves to the moors of Yorkshire and makes acquaintance with Mr Heathcliff, the supposed owner of his manor house and the surrounding lands. It is an odd, disturbing meeting and the gentleman asks his housekeeper to recount the history of Heathcliff and the people who surround him.
The story develops through three generations. Love, passion, hatred, death and sickness all being major themes that centre around the actions of Heathcliff, posing the question… who is he???? What is he???
Emily Bronte wrote this book the year before she died at the age of thirty. All of her brothers and sisters died before the age of forty. They grew up in a similar location to Heathcliff and Catherine… the windy, isolated moors… and never really met many people apart from their father and their mothers sister.
The girls had wild imaginations, devoured novels and made their own imaginary worlds which almost became as real as life to them.
It seems amazing that Emily Bronte can write such vivid accounts of passion, hatred and love, when she had such minimal experience of human companionship.
The other thing I would say is that people love to pull apart her work… but in the end, she wrote it apart from the literary world entirely and much of the deeper meanings found within the pages must have been unintentional.
If you liked this:
'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte
'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett (more for kids)
'Fingersmith' by Sarah Waters
'Dracula' by Bram Stoker
'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier