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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights is an interesting tale of revenge disguised as a love story. Centered around a young orphan named Heathcliff and his love for Catherine his childhood sweetheart.

As a young boy Heathcliff is adopted by Mr. Earnshaw a Yorkshire farmer and owner of Wuthering Heights estate. He brings home Heathcliff and he is raised with Hindley and Catherine the Earnshaws children. During this time Catherine and Heathcliff develop their deep relationship for one another. It also becomes apparent the Mr. Earnshaw favors Heathcliff over his own son Hindley which causes tension between the two boys.

After Earnshaws death Hindley does what he can to ruin Heathcliff however, it is in vain until they encounter the Linton’s. Edgar and Isabella Linton of the Thrushcross Grange estate were quite well off compared to the Earnshaw children. It soon became apparent that Catherine’s affections were becoming swayed and one day Heathcliff over hears her say she could never marry him, causing Heathcliff to leave Wuthering Heights.

In his absents Catherine marries into the Linton family. However, her marriage to Edgar is unhappy and she realizes that they are from two different social classes. To make matters worse Heathcliff returns having made something of himself, as proof to Catherine that he is good enough for her. However, things do not change and Heathcliff now living back at home with Hindley marries Isabella Linton. Soon after their marriage Catherine dies during child birth, leaving behind her and Edgar's daughter who is named Cathy.

Again on the hunt for revenge Heathcliff blames Edgar for Catherine's death and patiently waits to get his revenge. 17 years later the time comes and he forces his own son to marry Cathy which gives Heathcliff control of both estates. The day their children are to be married is also ironically the day that Heathcliff dies; uniting Catherine and Heathcliff in death and their children in marriage.

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