In the prototypical amour fou, Cathy engages in a passionate love affair with Heathcliff, a dark stranger taken in by her family Wuthering Heights review.

Gothic Elements in Wuthering Heights;
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I saw films of both before I read the novels and found Wuthering Heights gripping but preposterous. It’s all too gothic for me: Heathcliff is a thundering bore, and Cathy is like Miss Piggy. I’m more interested – and touched – by Jane Eyre because I find her a much more sympathetic character than Cathy, and the relationship with Mr Rochester is plausible and well charted. However, the novel that really interests me is The Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys’s prequel to Jane Eyre, which tells the story of the first Mrs Rochester, the mad woman in the attic.

SparkNotes: Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview

Wuthering Heights was Emily Brontë’s only novel. The ill-fated (some would add, twisted) relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy shocked readers when the book came out. Today, the story about the lovers on the English moor is so well known, it’s iconic. Emily spent most of her life in
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There are themes in Wuthering Heights that smack of melodrama, but it is still a good novel. Like the scene when Cathy and Heathcliff are young and outside Thrushcross Grange and they are peering into this other world. Briefly, she is assumed into that world and he feels a perfect bond has been broken – that’s very powerful. It’s a much darker and more disturbing tale than Jane Eyre.