For Ever Love: Wuthering Heights

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 20th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Everlasting Love in the English Moors; Wuthering Heights is a Classic written by Emily Bronte.

Introduction

I love old movies. I watch the Turner Classic Movies channel all the time.

I stayed up late to watch Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte’s masterpiece. I just love the Bronte sisters and their contribution to literature.

For those who do not know the story, Wuthering Heights is the name of an old English manner in the English Moors. The story is set in the 1900’s. The film aired in 1939. The story centers on Heathcliff a young stable boy and Cathy a woman of means. Their love affair transcends time.

My interpretation of the movie

My interpretation of the movie

They loved each other as children and once Cathy grew up and went away from Wuthering Heights she returns with a different outlook on life and marries a man of means.

She is dreadfully unhappy because Heathcliff is the only love of her life. By this time Heathcliff has left England for America. He returns to England as a wealthy man claiming he was of noble birth after all.

He knows that Cathy is married but goes to see her to show her that he made good in life. He has bought Wuthering Heights their home from Cathy’s brother.

Cathy’s brother who always turned his nose down at Heathcliff has now become a drunken sloth. He had several gambling debts he could not repay which gave Heathcliff the opportunity to buy the property. The tables have turned for in the past it was Hindley, Cathy’s brother, who was the one with means and now it is Heathcliff.

Though buying the property out from under Cathy’s brother seemed underhanded. I feel it was also a way for Heathcliff to claim his past and to impress Cathy played by Merle Oberon. Heathcliff had to prove he was a man. Cathy’s husband does not understand that, but his sister does. She marries Heathcliff but lives a miserable life because she can never compete with his never ending love for Cathy.

Isabella is a bride, but marrying Heathcliff does not bring her the joy she expected. In a way she is going through what Heathcliff did; feeling unwanted and left out when he was a boy at Wuthering Heights.

Heavy Heart

The movie is often filmed with scenes of heavy rains. These dull heavy rains represent the unhappiness and heaviness that is Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) and Cathy’s heart. I won’t tell you how the movie ends. You have to see it for yourself. The gloominess of the setting reflect a dying society but perhaps one that has not lost all hope.

While I was watching the movie, it brought back memories of my childhood when the elderly neighbor who lived down stairs gave us all a bit of cherry while we were watching the movie. I was with my friends who were her grandchildren. I remember that I found the cherry to be quite strong going down my throat. Nevertheless, it was a very good memory for me.


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Bronte Sisters, Classic Books, Classic Movies, Emily Bronte, Eternal Love, Everlasting Love, Forbidden Love, Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, Movies, Movies And Romance, Turner Classic Movies, Wuthering Heights

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2015 (#)

I'm not sure how the book can have been set in the early 1900s seeing that Emily Bronte died in 1848! The actual setting of the opening chapter is in 1801.

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author avatar Carol Roach
22nd Aug 2015 (#)

sorry John, typo on my part

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author avatar brendamarie
22nd Aug 2015 (#)

Carol, I love old movies myself. Great article.

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author avatar Shamarie
22nd Aug 2015 (#)

I am not a huge fan of old English literature, but Wuthering Heights is a classic tale! I read it in college!

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