YMMV / Wuthering Heights

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A few readers have laid the blame for this tragedy at Nelly's feet, claiming that she is actually a very prejudiced person who only really cares about securing for herself a peaceful, comfortable existence and is consequently unable to relate to the intense passions of Heathcliff or Cathy. May be justified if one considers her complicity in failing to reveal to Cathy that Heathcliff was present when she was discussing who to marry, not telling Edgar Linton that his own wife was ill and dying, and keeping Cathy II and Linton's relationship hidden until it was too late.
    • Was Linton an outright bastard from the moment he appears, or could he have been reformed by not being brought up by his dad?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many female readers insist that Heathcliff is a dashing hero, despite his many, many shortcomings (even to the point where they thought his digging up Catherine's body was romantic). The story itself makes fun of this sentiment among her readers by making 18-year-old Isabella Linton idolize him. Catherine admonishes Isabella that "He's not a rough diamond—a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man" and Heathcliff comments on Isabella's naivety and romanticism regarding him, mocking it later in the book.
    • The famous quote "I am Heathcliff!" is actually very misleading if you just read the back cover. What this situation needs more proper context on is the differences between Cathy and Isabella. Cathy by many means is just as sociopathic as Heathcliff is, the love between them is pure to them but alien to many others who can't wrap their heads around it. Isabella on the other hand practically finds Heathcliff Troubled, but Cute to her own detriment as Cathy readily points out. One meets Heathcliff on his level while the other if full of naivety without fully thinking. There are very major differences if someone is applying to this trope to Heathcliff thinking like Isabella vs thinking like Cathy.
  • Just to add further context, Nelly lets Cathy have it after here "I am Heathcliff" line with "If I can make any sense of your nonsense, Miss, it only goes to show me that you are ignorant of the duties you undertake in marrying; or else that you are a wicked, unprincipled girl." Nelly is not only confounding Cathy on her plan but the whole principle in general. As while some people are the Cathy or the Isabella, some others might be the Nelly and find this whole conversation ridiculous.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In complete fairness, given Isabella Linton-Heathcliff's fate, it is difficult to imagine why anyone would constantly compare a book to Wuthering Heights and name the heroine of said book Isabella. It is very amusing that Twilight tries so hard to compare itself to this story, when it is in fact denouncing the kind of relationship Stephenie Meyer tries to glorify.
    • As Heathcliff begins his descent into suicidal madness, Nelly ponders the mysteries of his origins and wonders if he truly might be part goblin, demon, or vampire... But quickly dismisses such theories as "absurd nonsense."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Heathcliff is practically the Trope Codifier. Linton, Hareton and Catherine (II) could also qualify, although clearly the latter two are much more JerkWithAHeartofGold.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Heathcliff, who manages to gain ownership of both the Heights and the Grange despite being neither an Earnshaw nor a Linton, or even a member of the gentry, through a combination of seduction (of Isabella and indirectly of Cathy Linton) and manipulation of the legal system.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Despite Brontë pulling absolutely no punches in her description of Heathcliff, despite Catherine herself stating that he has no hidden depths of love and tenderness, despite Heathcliff's own statement that he hopes Catherine wakes up in torment in the next world for rejecting him... Teenage girls will insist on seeing him as a romantic hero!
  • Narm: The name "Heathcliff" may make some readers think of... Well... Just watch this.

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