To say that I was disgusted with this book is an understatement. I say this because of all the hatred and suffering that this book brought. During the first half of this novel I thought the things the Heathcliff and Catherine did to each other were bad but it got worse. How Heathcliff and Linton treated Nelly and Catherine* were just miserable. Here I thought that the novel was going to end on a good note with Linton and Catherine* falling in love and having a better marriage than both of their parents. But No! Heathcliff had to go and belittle Linton and corrupt him. By Heathcliff talking down to Linton, Linton starts to hate himself. For example, “Papa talks enough about my defects, and shows enough scorn of me, to make it natural I should doubt myself. I doubt whether I am not altogether as worthless as he calls me, frequently; and then I feel so cross and bitter, I hate everybody! I am worthless, and bad in temper, and bad in spirit, almost always; and, if you choose, you may say good-bye: you’ll just get rid of an annoyance (page 245).” I think that Heathcliff is just doing this to get back at Catherine. He is driving Linton crazy so that he turns angry and takes it out on Catherine*. He also is forcing Linton to marry Catherine* so he gains control over the Grange. Heathcliff really wanted this so he could show off the power that he had over Edgar and gain more control. Heathcliff obviously did not need anymore land since he has Wuthering Heights but he figured that it would be another stab at Catherine.
Now that I am done reading this novel it makes me wonder why it was referenced so much in the Twilight Saga. I mean there is not a couple in this book that was a wonderful romance or anything like Edward and Bella. Maybe it was because both stories are sort of tragedies. I think that they are similar in the sense that Heathcliff and Catherine love each other but the fact that Heathcliff does not have money keeps them apart. And in Twilight Bella is human and Edward is a Vampire, but in this case they did not let the obstacle get in the way of their love. In the Twilight Saga Bella is the one who really loves this novel and Edward hates it because of how selfish the characters are (as I also believe). So thinking about Twilight and Wuthering Heights I think about other similarities. I think about the love triangle that is in both. I think about how when Edward leaves Bella she goes to Jacob and wins his affection kind of how Catherine runs to Edgar when Heathcliff leaves. No matter the fact that Jacob could be better for Bella and maybe Edgar was better for Catherine, both these stories show how love rules all.
Catherine*- Catherine and Edgar’s daughter