On arriving at Wuthering Heights, Lockwood is met by his new landlord, Heathcliff, and quickly discovers the uncouth manners hidden beneath his gentlemanly countenance. Paired with the coldness of the young mistress and the confused placement of the young man who also reside there, Lockwood becomes curious about the estate’s background and inquires the knowledge of the housekeeper of his temporary home at Thrushcross Grange. Through her tale, Lockwood soon learns about Healthcliff’s tragic life at Wuthering Heights and how it has molded his cantankerous personality.
While I wasn’t expecting Wuthering Heights to be told through flashback, I thought it was an effective and interesting way to tell the story. Bronte also managed to create a whole set of characters that the reader loves to hate. There was something about almost every single character that I could not stand: Heathcliff was a jerk; Catherine, Linton, and Cathy were annoying and snobbish; Hareton was kind of a jerk, but he also just wanted to be accepted by other people so I liked that he tried to be friendly. Although there was something about almost every character that irritated me, I still enjoyed them as characters and thought that their flaws were part of what kept the story moving. After knowing what kind of person Heathcliff was,I was interested to see how Cathy and Hareton would end up: Would they ever escape him or remain under his thumb forever? And despite her being annoying and slightly snobbish, I couldn’t help but feel slightly bad for Cathy in the long run. She was sheltered and didn’t know much of what was going on or how to act toward strangers, which I think attributed to her attitude.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to lovers of Charlotte Bronte or Jane Austen as it is similar in writing style, but with a darker story line.