Wuthering Heights is a Romantic novel with the capital “R”. The Age of Reason is over, and Emily Bronte seeks, and succeeds, in exposing our most irrational natures. In this novel, characters just speak about their great passions, and get sick, and die.
Heathcliff and Catherine are the prime exemplars of this; Catherine’s love for Heathcliff is strong, but inchoate. She dies. Heathcliff is constitutionally stronger than Catherine, but after years of tormenting, both emotionally and physically, those around him, he suffers death by Romance as well.
I write this tongue-in-cheek. Wuthering Heights is a novel that should be read. Certainly it makes demands on its readers. But we should rise to meet its high mark.