Sunday, June 28, 2009


In 1854 Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls, who had been a clergyman at Hawoth and returned to aid her father. Charlotte died in the following year, having already written two chapters of a promising fifth novel, to be called Emma.
The revenging character, Heathcliff, is a tragic figure who despite his cruel and brutal traits wins a measure of the reader’s admiration.

Wuthering Heights is a monumental work of English literature. Though it has been widely praised, critics cannot even begin to express the full essence of the novel. Not even Charlotte, who wrote the introduction to the second edition, could summarize the full breath of its power.


The symbols of light and darkness in the characters are used with a subtlety and consistency which suggests an influence on William Conrad and James Joyce.

A middle-aged housekeeper tells the story to a gentle young man from the south without really understanding the full importance of the incidents related. HE adds to her story, but, despite his greater range of understanding, he falls short of grasping the essential meaning. These persons serve as the reader’s representatives in the midst of a strange world and aid him in believing in the remarkable events and experiences which are the heart of Emily’s subject.
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