- Year Published: 1847.
- Pages: 210.
Wuthering Heights Summary
Wuthering Heights was written by Emily Bronte. It was the only novel that she ever wrote. She wrote this book sometime between October 1845 and June 1846. It was eventually published during 1847.
Many know Wuthering Heights as a well respected English classic. It has also been used in radio, television, and film.
The summary for this great book is as follows:
During the year 1801, a rich young man named Lockwood was searching for recuperation and peace. He decides to rent a Grange in Yorkshire. Lockwood takes time out to go and see his landlord whose name was Heathcliff. Heathcliff lives in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. This area was called Wuthering Heights.
When he arrives there, Lockwood discovers a very strange assemblage. Heathcliff came across as a gentleman, but his manners were not very nice at all. His mistress is a teenager. Heathcliff also appears to have a son. However, he comes across as though he is a servant more than a son.
Unfortunately, the snow had set in and did not allow Lockwood to return home for quite some time. So Heathcliff gave him permission to remain there for a while. He is given his own bedchamber. In this bedchamber, he sees many books and much graffiti. Apparently, this was left by a lady named Catherine who once lived there.
Lockwood falls asleep but he soon has a very scary dream. The dream was about Catherine who came across as a ghost. She was doing all she could to get through the window of the bedchamber. This caused Lockwood to scream very loudly. This wakes Heathcliff up who runs into his room to see what was going on.
Thirty years before this incident, Mr. Earnshaw, the current owner of the farmhouse, lived there with his young son Hindley. His daughter Catherine also lived there. Mr. Earnshaw decides to go to Liverpool and adopts a young boy who was homeless. He named him Heathcliff. Heathcliff and Catherine become friends and played together for many years. They grew quite close and fond of each other.
Before they know it, Hindley goes to College. A few years later, Hindley takes over ownership of the farmhouse because his father had passed away. Hindley has a wife named Frances and the two of them live there. He gave Heathcliff permission to stay with them but he would have to become their servant.
Heathcliff and Catherine have remained friends over all these years. They regularly met up with each other and had much time together. However, another man Edgar she had met had proposed to her. She accepted that proposal. However, she did not love him as much as Heathcliff.
Catherine and Edgar go ahead with their marriage and resided at Thrushcross Grange. She loved being the ‘lady of the manor’. However, several months later, Heathcliff comes back to the area. This time he is very rich. This made Catherine very happy when she discovered this. But Edgar was not happy about it at all.
Edgar’s sister finds herself falling in love with Heathcliff. He did not like her at all.
Many years pass by. Catherine had a beautiful daughter named Cathy. Edgar discovers that his sister was very ill and was on the brink of death. He goes to visit them.
A few years later, Cathy and her friend Nelly go walking along the moors. They come across Heathcliff. He takes them to Wuthering Heights so they can meet Hareton and Linton. It is hoped that Cathy and Linton would one day get married.
Twelve months after this, Edgar becomes incredibly sick. He eventually died soon after Cathy goes to see him.
Meanwhile, Heathcliff insists that she goes back to reside at Wuthering Heights with him and his family. Not long after her return, Linton passes away. His brother does all he can to be kind to Cathy. But she goes into hiding.
Eight months after this, Cathy and Hareton married on New Year’s Day.
Wuthering Heights Themes
- Social Class
- Violence and Cruelty