“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”, I came across
this quote on the internet and it left me in great bewilderment and so I
started to dig deep to find the sources of the quote and came across a novel so
raw yet so ripe, filled with melancholy, profound emotions, and intense love.
‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte surely leaves its readers in baffled
emotions due to its strong characters and majestic sceneries. Emily Bronte,
sister of famous authors Charlotte Bronte and Anne Bronte, was largely
educated at home.
Her elder and the most well known of the Bronte sisters,
Charlotte recognized Emily’s talent for writing poetry and helped her polish her
writing skills and publish her very first novel “Wuthering Heights” in 1847. One
of the main attractive aspect of “Wuthering Heights” is the writing style,
considering the time the novel was published when women were living
closeted, conservative and circumscribed lives, Emily’s Wuthering Heights
provides intense drama, passion, and character development.
Also, “Wuthering Heights” isn’t an ordinary love tale, it depicts how love can actually
corrupt human emotions, how love at times can give birth to and highlight the
worst parts of human nature such as jealousy, resentment, desire and
Unlike many novels of her time, Emily Bronte successfully managed to show
relatively and connections between her characters. The pair of Twos of
everything is the fascinating impact of the novel. We get to see two
Catherines (The female lead ), one of the past, one of the presents, two
Heathcliffs, two houses, two families, two generations discussed in the two
halves of the novel.
Heathcliff’s and Catherine’s love will put the reader in a great conundrum. As
passionate as their love seems to be, at the same time, readers get to see the
toxicity this love spreads. While, on the other hand, we get to see the love of
Edgar Linton with whom Cathy gets to be wedded. The 360-degree change in
characters of Edgar Linton and Heathcliff is also one of the interesting factors
of the novel. Both loved Catherine, but the conduct they showed in similar
circumstances shows a total opposition. One despaired and made a hell of his
life and of people around him, on the contrary, the other hoped and trusted
God so God confronted him.
Emily Bronte might have only written one novel but its sure is a lot
captivating. The following are the few quotes from the novel except the one
mentioned at the very start that I adore the most.
It is for God to punish wicked people; we should learn to forgive.
I love the ground under his feet, and the air over his head, and
everything he touches, and every word he says- I love all his looks and
all his actions, and him entirely and altogether.
He’s more myself than I am.
If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if
all else remained, and he were annihilated, the Universe would turn to a
I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it
back to me – people feel with their hearts, and since he has destroyed
mine, I have no power to feel for him.
Hope you enjoyed the review, do give this masterpiece a read.
Hello all, I’m Rabia Talpur, an Engineer by degree and a banker by profession. I have graduated from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and I believe reading to be one’s life’s blood. Stay tuned for more exciting book reviews!