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Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

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How could one best summarize the plot of Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights?

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While Jane Austen's commentary on England's social classes in novels like Pride and Prejudice is often sarcastic, witty, or both, Emily Bronte's novel on same, Wuthering Heights, is haunting and dark.  Set in the Yorkshire moors of England, it is the story of an orphan named Heathcliff,who comes to live with an upper class family, the Earnshaws, and grows up with the Earnshaw daughter, Catherine.  The two are very close, but Catherine ultimately rejects Heathcliff because of the discrepancy in their social stations.  The years that pass show Heathcliff as a cruel, abusive man, wreaking havoc on every life he comes into contact with, including his own son's, and Catherine's daughter's.  The setting of the moors is part of what makes Bronte's work here so aching; they are windy, overcast, desolate, wild--just like Heathcliff himself. 

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