Adam Dawidowicz Dawidowicz itibaren Colméry, Fransa
** spoiler alert ** Well, it's not a cheerful book by any means, that's for sure! It always make me want to run around on a heath somewhere and be outdoors. So part of the appeal is the setting! I also find it to be an interesting character study, as the people seem to be quite true to life (just bleakly so). Hindley is jealous of his father's (& Catherine's) affection for Heathcliff, feeling perhaps eclipsed which pricked the darker side of his nature. One wonders how he might've turned out if Heathcliff had never been brought to the house or if his father had ensured his son didn't feel replaced or insignificant. Isabella sees a handsome bad boy in Heathcliff and wants to love and reform him. Nelly plays a maternal role but adheres to her role as a family servant so strictly that she fails to give good advice when it's needed and thus is stuck observing the lives of the people she cares about progressively unravel. Catherine is the most frustrating character for me really, despite the fact that she's the "heroine" of the novel. I like the carefree, youthful Catherine...how quickly she accepts and loves Heathcliff and how devoted they are to each other when they're young. I get frustrated with her, not because she turns to Edgar Linton over Heathcliff ultimately (Edgar is a good guy and very forgiving and patient with his wife despite how much her inability to get over Heathcliff must've pained him). I really struggle with Catherine after she decides to marry Edgar despite being fully aware of how she feels about Heathcliff. It's not fair to any of them, really. I know times were different and it was important for a woman to marry in order to be provided for, but better to be a spinster than do what she did: marry one man while passionately loving another. I really enjoy Hareton, I have to say. He makes me think of what Heathcliff might have been, if his nature had turned to something other than vengeance. Other than Catherine, Hareton may very well be the one person Heathcliff feels anything close to love for. And of course, it's all very quaint and charming that he and young Cathy form such an attachment to each other and manage to thwart all of Heathcliff's scheming! Basically, I wonder how they all would've turned out if the kinder and more selfless aspects of their natures had been prevalent, like the Lintons. If Heathcliff hadn't been so bitter and consumed, imagine how different everyone's lives might have been! It makes me think about the importance of treating people with kindness and respect, as well as forgiving people for wrongs - both real and perceived. That's a quick reason for why I enjoy the book.