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You can find the redesigned cover of this edition HEREThis best selling Norton Critical Edition is based on the first edition of the novel For the Fourth Edition the editor has collated the text with several modern editions and has corrected a number of variants including accidentals The text is accompanied by entirely new explanatory annotationsNew to the fourth Edition are twelve of Emily Bronte's letters regarding the publication. I never expected this book to be as flagrantly unforgivably bad as it wasTo start Bronte's technical choice of narrating the story of the primary characters by having the housekeeper explain everything to a tenant 20 years after it happened completely kills suspense and intimacy The most I can say is that to some extent this functions as a device to help shroud the story and motives from the reader But really at the time literary techniue hadn't uite always gotten around to accepting that omnipotent 3rd person narrators are allowed so you'd have to have a multiperspective story told by an omnipotent 3rd person narrator who was actually a character in the story eg the housekeeper Ellen The layers of perspective make it annoying and sometimes impossible to figure out who is telling what bit of story; and over because so much is related as two characters explaining things between themselves the result is that we rarely see any action and instead have the entire book explained in socratic pedantic expositionThe sense of place is poorly rendered and almost entirely missing Great the moor is grayBut ultimately the most damning thing is that the characters are a bunch of immature insuffrable narcissistic assholes with very little self respect This isn't a story of great love and passion It's the story of how child abuse perpetuates itself through the generations The characters are either emotionally abused as children or as in the case of Cathy I they're spoiled and overindulged with no discipline and can't muster the restraint and self respect to ditch abusive relationships I kept waiting for any of the characters to be remotely worth my time but I found no respite from the brutish abuse of the horribly twisted Heathcliff or from the simpering idiocy of Cathy I and II Ugh Not only are there no transformations or growth but the characters aren't even that likable to begin with How this book got to be a classic is beyond me

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Wuthering HeightsOnsiders the importance of chronology in the novel J Hillis Miller examines Wuthering Heights's problems of genre and critical reputation Sandra M Gilbert assesses the role of Victorian Christianity plays in the novel while Martha Nussbaum traces the novel's romanticism Finally Lin Haire Sargeant scrutinizes the role of Heathcliff in film adaptations of Wuthering Heights A Chronology and updated Selected Bibliography are also include. This is a review I never imagined I’d write This is a book I was convinced I’d love I just have to face the facts Emily is no CharlotteI’m going to start with the positives The characterisation of Heathcliff is incredibly strong He is a man who is utterly tormented by the world As a gypsy boy he is dark skinned and dark haired and to the English this rough almost wild look makes him a ruffian He stands up for himself and bites back; thus he is termed a monster In a very very Frankenstein’s monster like sense his perceived outer image begins to permeate his soul Call a man a monster and eventually he may start acting like one “He’s not a rough diamond a pearl containing oyster of a rustic; he’s a fierce pitiless wolfish man”He is a very complex man capable of great cruelty and kindness The world has made him bitter and in a way ruined him He reaps revenge but revenge always ends the same way; it doesn’t solve problems but creates So he becomes even tormented this time by his own actions He is very Byronic and by today’s standards a little bit of a bad boy He has all the standard tropes of an anti hero one that becomes a figure that can be sympathised with and hated He’s a very complex man The Bronte’s were directly affected by Byron’s poetry Rochester is Charlotte’s portrayal of a similar albeit less vengeful character Love is the key torment in both works Heathcliff has been rejected as Rochester cannot open his heart because of his secret wife But rather that overcome his personal loss and subject the world to his dark and broody personality Heathcliff actually seeks to do others harm He is a very sensitive man when it comes to his own emotions though he lacks any real empathy He does not care that he is creating pain for others He spends his life spreading hate into the world His only redeeming uality is his love for Catherine but that doesn’t excuse his tyranny He knows how nasty he is She abandoned her home under a delusion he answered picturing in me a hero of romance and expecting unlimited indulgences from my chivalrous devotion I can hardly regard her in the light of a rational creature so obstinately has she persisted in forming a fabulous notion of my character and acting on the false impressions she cherished He's so self centred So I rather like his character well not like but appreciate the complexity though the novel’s structure itself was abysmal I have uite a few problems with the narrativeWhy is a servant telling us this story as she speaks to a visitor of her master’s house Why are we hearing someone’s interpretation of the events rather than the events themselves Why is it twenty years later in the form of an extremely long conversation Why is the servant still actually working for Heathcliff She would have left Nobody would choose to work for such a man It just doesn’t make a lot of sense At times it felt like the credibility of the story was stretched to breaking point Nelly the servant actually being in some of the scenes was almost laughable Often it was followed by a terrible explanation attempting to justify her presence It sounded very desperate to me This leads perfectly on to my next point Half way through the story the start of volume ii we are told that the conversation has ended We then hear the visitor’s description of the servant’s narrative about Heathcliff’s life I mean seriously So there are three layers of storytelling Isn’t that completely unnecessary and overcomplicated Why not just have Heathcliff tell the story or at the very least have the servant tell the story from start to finish in one story arc with no time shifts For me it felt like Emily wrote herself into a corner with her choice of narrative and desperately tried to write herself out of it to the point of ridiculousness How much of the story can we believe How much bias is in the narrativesThen there was the dialogue overloads Large parts of the novel were entirely conversational The narration was minimalistic and bare The only character whose thoughts we were privy to again Nelly the servant was completely irrelevant to the plot Who cares about the servant’s emotion and reactions This isn’t her story; thus the dialogue was packed out to the point of unnaturalness to fit in the thoughts of characters whose minds we weren’t privy to Simply put the characters said things people wouldn’t realistically say in conversation It was overflowing with emotions and private thoughts It was awkward I’m not talking about private conversations those don’t happen as Nelly is awkwardly present for every single event but announcements or decisions that should be internal announced to a group of people This is why plays have asides and solilouies And this is why novels aren’t told from the perspective of a random servant There is clearly a great story here Plot wise the novel is wonderful But the way in which Emily told her story was nothing short of disastrous It felt like a wasted opportunity I’m absolutely horrified at how poor it is This novel needed to be taken apart re wrote and put back together again Perhaps then it would have been worthy of the story it failed to tell I’ve never been so massively underwhelmed in such a blatant lack of skill in a canonised piece of literature one that has immense critical receptionFacebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia

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review Wuthering Heights 103 ß ❮Reading❯ ➸ Wuthering Heights Author Emily Brontë – You can find the redesigned cover of this edition HEREThis best selling Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1847 first edition of the novel For the Fourth Edition the editor has collated the 1847 You can find the redesigned covOf theedition of Wuthering Heights as well as the evolution of the edition prose and poetry selections by the author four reviews of the novel and poetry selections by the author four reviews of the novel and Edward Chitham's insightful and informative chronology of the creative process behind the beloved workFive major critical interpretations of Wuthering Heights are included three of them new to the Fourth Edition A Stuart Daley c. all i care about in this goddamn life are me my drums and youif you don't know that uote you're probably too young to be reading this and isn't it past your bedtime or shouldn't you be in school or somethingbut that uote hyper earnest cheese that is romance wuthering heights is something dangerous than romance it's one long protracted retaliation masuerading as passion and goddamn do i love it i can't believe i haven't reviewed it before i mention this book in than half of my reviews i have a whole shelf devoted to its retellings so why the delay but better late than never no it's not a perfect novel; it's a flawed structure revealing the actions of seriously flawed people the framing device within a framing device totally awkward having nelly dean tell the story even though where was she for most of the action totally wrong move bronte; it makes the beginning such a slog to get through but that's just stale loaf the good stuff is all the meat in between and oh the meat the swarthy stranger of mysterious origins being raised in a family of sheltered overmoist english mushrooms all pale and rain bloated the running wild two souls against the world adolescencechildhood indiscretions vows and tantrums bonding unspoken promises yes i will yes i will yes i will oh but wait what's thisit's blond and it's rich and it's whats expected of me very well then see ya heathcliffit's just textbook gothic from here on out revenge seduction overheard conversations mysterious disappearances murdered puppies swooning vindictive child rearing death ghosts moors phoar but this to me is a perfect love story even though it's like torture the unattainable is always romantic than the storybook i don't like an uncomplicated ending and a story is impactful with nuanced characters preferably heavily unlikeable throughout this is where i plug head on one of my favorite movies ever do itthis story just makes me feel good and i'm well over my teenage fascination with the bad boy; i realized pretty uick that bad boys are usually pretty dumb so i moved on to emotionally disturbed which is the same thing really; plenty of drama and they will leave you drunken presents on your lawn road signs carousel ponies but not complete burnouts at least but my teenaged dating pool is neither here nor there the point is that heathcliff can be romanticized as this victimvillain without having to correspond to the ideal it's about the level of passion the size of the grand romantic gesture devoting your life to destroying the people who kept you from your true love is an amazingly grand gesturecome to my blog