“Where hate is more than love, but love is more than life.” ---- Prologue Emily Bronte（1818-1848）, an English novelist and poet，is well-known as one of the Brontes. In 1847, Emily published her only novel, Wuthering Heights, but her work was not high-evaluated and even got a lot criticism. Its innovative structure puzzled critics when it first came out. It was condemned for its portrayal of amoral passion. But subsequently the book became an English literary classic.
Emily only lived 30 years old but it was exactly a turbulent period in the British society. The place where her family lived was near both downtowns and countryside. So Emily was infected by the both kinds of social civilization. Quite as she looked, she was very interested in politics. She and her sister supported workers against the traditional social system and it might be one of the reasons for Wuthering Heights.
Wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to the turbulent weather. So only from the title we can see part of the main thesis and the special era. This book tells a tale of the all-encompassing and passionate love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved emotion eventually obliterates them and many people around them.
When I just finished reading it, I treated it as a tragedy for certainty. It is a love tragedy. There are love, care, hate, revenge as well as destroy. They are all obvious. But actually, it is beyond a tragedy. If any of us sit down and think about it a little more, we will feel quite a lot. It is a really wonderful work.
“…My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath. My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries. If all else perished and he remained, I should still continue to be. Nelly, I am Heathcliff. Not as a pleasure but as my own being! I cannot think of our separation. I will never talk of our separation again.” When these words came up to my mind, I really felt heart-broken. Love between Heath and Cathy is the main clue in this book. From these we can easily know the deep emotion in Cathy’s mind. They sure have love even if they misunderstand each other and hate each other. Hate still exists because love exists. That is the only reason.
Another point I would like to mention is the last time when Heathcliff and Hareton talked with each other. Heathcliff said to Hareton that “…In the first place, your startling likeness to Cathy fearfully connected you with her. But then what is not connected with her to me? The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist and that I have lost her.” In Heath’s view, it is just like a sort of reincarnation of fate. It is a destiny. The love happening in the young makes him “never felt stronger”, and finally he gives up the hate, gives up the revenge. He forgives the people who once offended him and the most important is he forgives himself. He makes himself relief.
It is the redemption of human beings. Heath takes a tumble that hate cannot solve the issue and it can only make it worse. He understands it at last and he ends himself to another world to go with his love. It is a really hopeful ending. And I sure nobody will forget the ending of the book. “…the moths fluttering among the heath and hare – bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.” It seems that everyone can see the light in life and around the whole world. Through the book are there almost all gloomy description, but we can finally take hope and love. You must have something in life, and there must be love. Love is more than anything. Love can make anything happen. That is the exact meaning of life.