"Wuthering Heights", Emily Bronte- An Analysis of a 19th Century book review

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Wuthering Heights written by Emily Bronte, was a novel filled

with many emotions and activity. Her characters represent an on going

conflict between love and hate. Upon the publication of the book

articles and reviews were written regarding Brontes novel. Following her

death some of these were recovered such as the following

written January 15 1848: ' In Wuthering Heights the reader is

shocked, disgusted, almost sickened by details of cruelty, inhumanity

and the most diabolical hate and vengeance, and anon come passages of

powerful testimony to the supreme power of love-even over demons in

the human form. The women in the book are of a strange fiendish-angelic

nature tantalizing and terrible, and the men are indescribable out of

the book itself. ' The critic fills my complete expectations for

what a review of this book should be. It is, in a sense, a blending

of elements that make the book what it is.

Both atmosphere and characters

are filled with a mystery that keeps the reader drawn to the book much

as some are addicted to viewing day time soap operas.

One of the main elements of the story that is mentioned in

the review is cruelty. Cruelty has helped form some of the

characters to be what they are. When a young Heathcliff is brought into

the Earnshaw family, he is instantly disliked by Hindley Earnshaw. Hindley

hates Heathcliff for intruding onto his family. He loses his fathers love

and sets out to destroy Heathcliff. Within Catherine's diary was written:

' I wish my father were back again. Hindley is a detestable substitute-his

conduct to Heathcliff is atrocious. ' (25) Hindleys hate toward Heathcliff is so

deeply felt, that upon the news of Hindley receiving a son, Heathcliff

sets out to torment the child as part of...