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One hundred and sixty years later Miss Bronte's tale of obsession and merciless retaliation still shocks us to the core. I kept asking myself as I watched this film adaptation: What is it about Heathcliff's passionate love for Cathy that we find so compelling and that has us reading the novel and viewing its movie adaptations repeatedly? Is it because we feel pity for both the victims and their victimizer?

Heathcliff's Tale

In the book we learn Heathcliff's story through Nelly Dean, the narrator, and the reader never directly enters his mind. Yet even through Nelly's filter, Heathcliff leaps off the pages demanding our attention. The film provides no such barrier, telling the tale straight out. We feel deeply for his loss when Mr. Earnshaw dies, and can empathize with his rage and bewilderment when Hindley returns to Wuthering Heights and banishes him to the stables.

Our sympathy is still with him as Cathy arouses his jealousy of Edgar Linton, and when she cannot make up her mind between the two men. When Cathy informs Nelly that Edgar has proposed to her, Heathcliff overhears her saying it would degrade her to marry him. He leaves Wuthering Heights abruptly, thereby missing the rest of Cathy's conversation: "My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! Heathcliff's return years later as a rich man precipitates a series of events that destroys the Lintons and Hindley Earnshaw, and leads Cathy to her demise.

His passionate outcry over Cathy's gravesite -"I cannot live without my life. I cannot live without my soul! He survives Cathy for another eighteen years. Implacable, unchangeable, and tormented by her elusive spectre, Heathcliff seeks revenge on the second generation of Lintons and Earnshaws. By now we have stopped making excuses for Heathcliff's actions, for no rational person can condone his inexorable plans, yet without his unswerving passion for Cathy, there would be no unforgettable tale.

Take any form," he had beseeched Cathy at her gravesite, but is is Heathcliff we will remember.

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Long after this production of Wuthering Heights has aired, he will haunt us still. I agree that Tom Hardy as Heathcliff was memorable in this production. His interpretation was so different from Laurence Olivier's or Ralph Fiennes'. I can't say I approved of all the plot changes in this film. It seemed odd, for example, that Nelly Dean did not narrate the story, and it began at a confusing moment, when Linton is handed over to his father.

That was such a dramatic change from the book. They shored up Isabella's role. And then there were all those sex scenes.

I both liked and disliked the movie, which I found odd. I usually come away with a definite point of view, but this film had me alternately angry or applauding. Becca, I agree about being of two minds about this adaptation.

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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Heathcliff's Tale is a delightful conspiracy and satirical edge of the "Wuthering Heights" legend. This is a rounded and well written piece through the eyes of one Henry Newby, dispatched to collect Emily Bronte's posthumous novel for publication in London from the safe countryside surroundings of Hawthorne Parsonage and is haunted by the ghost of the vile Heathcliff and the spirit of the novel begins to disturb and tease the mind of Henry.

He questions the true identity of the author which tort Heathcliff's Tale is a delightful conspiracy and satirical edge of the "Wuthering Heights" legend. He questions the true identity of the author which tortures and excites him throughout his stay and the depositions that he writes to his uncle. Emma has written a glorious and edgy take on the events that will astound thee, continuing her tradition of alternative reworking and bastardising of the oh so pure classic stories gathering dusk on our bookshelf, breathing a new heart and vigour into them each time.

Jan 26, Ben Lovegrove rated it it was ok. This book seems to be well written and contains interesting speculation about the content of Emily's second novel which was allegedly burned by Charlotte. Unfortunately it loses much of its credibility and seems poorly researched due to some glaring errors - such as the description of Top Withens as a ruin at a time when it was a fully intact working farmhouse. Aug 17, Gisela rated it liked it. Mardi Stewart rated it liked it Jan 25, Leto rated it liked it Aug 26, Jane rated it it was amazing Sep 25, Jane rated it liked it Mar 10, Kristina rated it liked it Oct 14,