Creating Cathy: the story behind Wuthering Heights's wild heroine

Posted by ap507 at Jul 31, 2018 01:50 PM |
In an article for The Guardian, Dr Emma Butcher discusses how a ruthless warrior queen in a childhood fantasy became the prototype for Emily Brontë’s protagonist
Creating Cathy: the story behind Wuthering Heights's wild heroine

Dr Emma Butcher

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Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that Wuthering Heights holds a strange power. It is both a love story and a screeching train wreck of violence, cruelty and obsession. Its words contain a strength and soul that every writer hopes to achieve, yet few manage. As for the author, although an enigma to the point of myth, Emily Brontë has resonated with readers of all ages worldwide. Brontë’s novel does not shy away from the uncomfortable truths that make us human. And that is why her works strike home, generation after generation...

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