My little friend has begged me for months to read Wuthering Heights because she read it for school, and is in awe of it. So I finally got a copy, and finished reading it last Friday.
*sigh* I am having the most visceral reaction I have had to a book in a very long time, and it's driving me batty. I feel like I have to like it, because half of the literary world claims it as a timeless love story, but I'm not seeing it.
I mean, it's genius literature. I'm not so dense that I would miss that. The double-layered narrator (at one point triple-layered!) is brilliant, I think. (Is there a name for that?) But I don't understand where the love is.
The way I see it, Cathy did love Heathcliff--WHEN THEY WERE KIDS. But Cathy decided she couldn't marry Heathcliff cuz he was the wrong class, so she'd marry Edgar, and that way she could SOMEHOW take care of Heathcliff. Right, Cathy, because your soul mate would be content to mooch off of you and your rich husband his whole life, watching you bestow your "love" on a man twice as weak. Cuz a man's pride and dignity and nerves could TOTALLY stand that. Brilliant, Cathy, utterly bah-rilliant. Of course Heathcliff didn't go for that, told Cathy so, and swore to hate Cathy the rest of his life. Cathy got offended, and also swore to hate Heathcliff the rest of her life. Then they both proceeded to do things simply to spite each other, making the lives of everyone they love PURE hell in the process. Cathy died from the mental torment of trying to figure everything out, and Heathcliff died from having Cathy's ghost follow him around. Oh, and then the next generation fell in love and got married. Great. A little bittersweet after watching the elders kill each other off for 10 years. HOW IS THAT ROMANTIC.
Like I said, visceral reaction.
*shakes head* I don't know. And I can't even begin to decipher the Yorkshire accent.
Okay. Lemme scope this out.
Old Mr. Earnshaw
Catherine Hindley Heathcliff (off in a corner)
Mr. and Mrs. Linton
Catherine + Edgar
Hindley + random wuss chick
Heathcliff + Isabella
Catherine Linton +
Linton Heathcliff then Hareton Earnshaw
Catherine Linton +
so she becomes
Catherine Linton Heathcliff Earnshaw
Right back where we started. Hmm. Maybe it's about life coming full circle.
*sigh* I didn't want Cathy and Heathcliff to end up that way. Catherine and Hareton figured out how "I'm sorry, I forgive you" works. Why couldn't C and H learn that...
[i can't draw, so i write words]