Since I am a Biochemistry major I rarely read novels such as this one. The first ten pages or so really took me a while to get through and understand. Once past the introduction however it began to flow more easily and I could actually enjoy what I was reading. The first thing I liked about this book ( I also enjoy when movies do this ) was the how they tell the story through different ways. Such as through Lockwood's eyes, diary entries, and other characters retelling stories they have seen. The incredible description the characters go into really makes me think about all the small things in everyday life that we all just look over and never think about.
"Above the chimney were sundry villanous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily painted canisters disposed along its edge. The floor was smooth, white stone; the chairs, high-backed, primitive structures, painted green: one or two heavy black ones lurking in the shade. In an arch under the dresser, reposed a huge, liver colored bitch pointer, surrounded by a swarm of squealing puppies; and other dogs haunted other recesses." (p. 3, Wuthering Heights)
After reading this and other sometimes long winded descriptions, I can clearly picture myself in the room and or situation Lockwood is experiencing. Although it was tough to get through at first I feel like it got easier and easier as I went on.
One thing I kept thinking as I was reading was how incredibly rude Mr. Heathcliff, family, and workers were to Mr. Lockwood without even knowing him. Leaving a stranger in a room with all of your mean tempered dogs and then not caring that they are attacking him is not exactly what I call being a gracious host.
With the whole Heathcliff and Hindley struggle it is obvious that jealously is one of the main feelings felt in this book. Hindley is constantly trying to thwart Heathcliff and Catherine's relationship and Heathcliff's life in general. It is sad to say but this idea of jealously is just as strong if not stronger today than ever. I think its sad that some people are so insecure about their friends and relationships that they resort to being jealous when many times it is unwarranted. Not only in relationships but in other people's successes there is jealousy. Jealousy is an evil emotion that affects us all and Emily Bronte shows us that in the character of Hindley.
"Heathcliff received no flogging, but he was told that the first word he spoke to miss Catherine would ensure a dismissal"
Chapter 9 was a very touching chapter for me to read. Emily Bronte does a fabulous job describing Catherine's true love towards Heathcliff. She loved him so much that instead of being selfish and marrying him just to make herself happy, she wants to marry into the wealthy Lintons so that she can use the Linton's wealth to help her true love escape from the brutality that Hindley brings on Heathcliff. Obviously this sucks for Linton but the point I am trying to make is that she would do just about anything for Heathcliff so he is safe from a wretched life.
So far, despite my hesitations about reading this novel in comparison to what I am used to, I actually enjoy this book. The writing is excellent and I am interested to see where the story turns.