WUTHERING HEIGHTS, by Emily Bronte takes place in the early 1800s, in a rural area, and follows the story of two families, who go on to explore emotions such as hate, prejudice, the true meaning of civilized behavior, cruelty, death, and religion. The story is an emotional one, based mostly on sorrow. The book makes the reader sad more often than any other emotion. Sorrow turns people bitter, and those people make others feel sorrow which then results in further bitterness. This bitterness and sorrow makes life not worth living which become the causation of most of the characters in this book to dying of it.
Compassion is also called into question when Edgar Linton calls Heathcliff a brute, which results in him trying to be more civilized but coming back as an evil misanthropist. Several people such as Hindley’s son, Hareton, and Heathcliff, called ruffians are often more kindhearted and desiring of the love of others than the wealthier, more “civilized” members of the families. In fact Linton Heathcliff is the most spoiled of characters, yet he is, at least by Catherine Linton, regarded as the most civilized of her friends and family. Edgar Linton is a similar case, for he was a man who hated much in his youth, including Heathcliff, but was considered more civilized by everyone besides Catherine Earnshaw. One last approach to determining who is civilized is that of Mrs. Ellen Dean; she believes a christian Life determines whether you deserve heaven or not. Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw have said several times they care not for the gift of heaven, and would go to hell if they acquired their true wants; each other.
Another interesting fact is that the names of the characters symbolize certain traits. For example the name Linton implies wealth and civil manners, but at the cost of prejudice. The name Earnshaw implies love and deeper emotions. This is noticed when studying all characters with the name “Linton” (Edgar, who hated Heathcliff for his lower class, Isabella, who only married Heathcliff for his looks, Catherine Linton, who believed that Linton Heathcliff was the most civilized of her friends and family, and even Linton Heathcliff, showing that the personality type is not hereditary, complained about useless things and tricked Catherine Linton into thinking he loved her, just to gain her services and sympathy.), "Earnshaw" (mr. Earnshaw, who was kind enough to bring Heathcliff home, Catherine Earnshaw, who believed it was Heathcliff she was meant to be with, regardless of money or “civilized” behavior, Hareton Earnshaw, who wanted to learn to read and write just to gain the respect of Catherine Linton, Hindley Earnshaw, who sacrificed his life for the happiness of his wife and son, and Francis Earnshaw, who treated her son with more respect than she had gotten.) Heathcliff is not given the last name, for he does not fully display the traits of an Earnshaw, however he does not display the same evil as the one the Lintons do. Linton Heathcliff is Christianed Linton for his nature is that of one, however, his changed last name shows how much of his adopted father he has in him. Both Mrs. Ellen Dean and Mr. Lockwood view the whole scenario differently, and thus share names with neither family.
Many have pointed this book to be pointless. The black story starts in the middle of nowhere and ends nowhere. Another unusual aspect is that most things stay statuc and everything comes full Circle. In a story where progress is made, the main character, or characters end up differently than they thought they would, however, in the end, we are shown more than just the story of Catherine, Hindly, Edgar, Isabella, and Heathcliff. We are shown the next generation, which we also see the end of. We keep with the story until things return to the way they were expected to. This strange choice could be a mistake. Or perhaps genius?
FALLOUT by Todd Strasser, was a novel based ina universe where nuclear war had broken out berween Russia and the United States. The first bomb was launched by Russia into a small town where the main character and his family and fri new reside. The story plays with emotion. Each chapter, the story switches between the summer and the time when the bomb fell. The first chapter starts out with the family going into the bunker, but is soon interrupted by a much calmer story of the middle of the summer when the main character and his friends were playing together. The story of his past humanizes the characters and leads, both emotionally and chronologically to the time of the bomb falling. The unique element of this story is that the story itself makes very little impact on book, rather, it only gives the emotions the author is trying to express a way to manifest itself. The many emotions present in the story have nothing to do with the bomb at all, even though that was supposed to be the main plot of the story. The real theme, I believe is one of coming of age. when In The bomb shelter, after the bomb is dropped, shows the kids learning the seriousness of the situation. Nobody has clean clothes do they have to walk around naked, but there's nothing weird about it, for it quickly becomes part of the situation at hand. Farting, something the kids would laugh their lungs out at in their old lives have become part of their struggle. the summer directly before the bomb, one of the main character's friend started talking about his s duality, which seemed to be sprouting. This immature approach changed once the bomb lands. Indeed, the author, in the ending note, mentioned the loss of the innocence of America. Do you thonk it's possible to make a compelling book with a useless plot? Does this book accomplish this?