Today I finished rereading Wuthering Heights (again), and I feel like every time I read Wuthering Heights, I notice/feel something that I didn’t in previous readings. I just finished rereading it, and here are some things I noticed/felt this time. (The first one isn’t new, but I thought is was worth mentioning.)
*Lockwood is such a jerk. He is arrogant and judgmental. He also goes out into the cold to barge into Wuthering Heights, when they clearly don’t want him there, and then blames Heathcliff when he gets sick. (Though I do like that he defends Hareton later, when he is trying to learn to read.)
*I really don’t like Francis, Hindley’s wife. She just comes in and tries to control everything.
*Nelly reminds me of the blue fairy on Once Upon a Time. She means well, but every time she gets involved, it seems like things get worse.
*Catherine didn’t marry Linton until 3 years after he proposed and Heathcliff left. To me this indicates that she waited so long because she was hoping that Heathcliff would return and stop the wedding.
*I think that Heathcliff had genuine hatred for Catherine, but because he also loved her, he couldn’t bring himself to hurt her, so he took it out on those closest to her instead.
*I was not as into the first generation love triangle this time, but I love Cathy Jr/Hareton. <3 In fact, since we have so many movies versions that only focus on the first generation, I would like to see one that only focuses on the second generation.
*Linton Heathcliff was such a creep. (though I do have some sympathy for him, since he was dying and was stuck in a house with monsters who didn’t care).
*It is like that house is poison. Even the servant, Zilllah is a jerk.
I do believe that the ghosts of Cathy, and later Heathcliff, were meant to be real, and not hallucinations. To this day I am not sure what Bronte was trying to say about them, though. There relationship was so destructive, and they were both insanely flawed, but it does seem like they were supposed to be together.