Wuthering Heights: a review

Mackenzie Noakes, Staff Writer

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to reacquaint myself with my bookshelf. Not only are there books I’ve loved and read for my entire life, there are some that have yet to be discovered. I was given the classic Wuthering Heights over Christmas from a distant relative who knew I liked reading. And I do! But quite frankly, a book with such old language and writing, it didn’t spring to the top of my to-read list. 

 

But a couple weeks ago, I decided to give it a go. As I suspected, the first couple chapters were hard to get through; the plot structure and language is telling of the time it was written. But soon I was swept into the world of Wuthering Heights, the moorland farmhouse, and its inhabitants. With the love triangles, miscommunications and revenge plots,  It could almost be a Netflix original movie. The romantic language that Emily Bronte uses helps convey beautiful and tragic scenes. 

 

But beneath  the drama and beauty, Bronte successfully discusses morality, status, and traditional gender roles of regency England, many of which can still be applied to today’s world. But that is what makes this such a classic tale, why so many people have picked up this book for centuries. I highly recommend this book to all…it’s a standard of Romantic Literature and now my bookshelf.