CHARACTER REVIEW : A PLEA OF JUSTICE FOR HARETON EARNSHAW


WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

Wuthering Heights was what made me fall in love with classics. Up till now, no more stories could give me a strong impact, a cold chill, such that book gave. Emily Bronte clearly described how love and ambition could either destruct or construct.

The story was anti-mainstream at its age, when mostly romance told romance. Wuthering Heights combined really greatly the love story, family issue, bigotry, and tragedy. The plot twist was not much, but each characters were strong figures and very distinctive. Here also people could see how egoistic love that human has is. I followed each chapters and scenes and concluded that the story inside was happening as the results of their decisions. That is why the story was so flowing and smoothly progressing towards the end.

I’m not talking much about the novel. I do not think I will do justice to re-tell it, or review it, since the book is such a perfection to me. But I know I have to tell someone, to tell you, that this book is great and you should read this classic! Like, you can learn that what’s not going to be, will never be. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you will unite with the one(s) you care and love when you die and you are buried side by side lol. Nope that’s not it of course.

I am here to tell you about my favorite character, Hareton Earnshaw! Despite his appearance was only in the near-to-end parts, I care for him. Because one, in my opinion he is the only pure soul in the story and second, he is a victim, a collateral damage of what his father, his grandmother, even his auntie, Catherine Earnshaw, the love of Heathcliff, did and he did not deserve it. He was treated so inhumanely by Heathcliff, even worse than the treatment received by Heathcliff. He was raised as uncivilized boy, only knew how to work in farm and dealt with animals. Girls were not mesmerizing for him until he met Cathy, his own cousin that he fell in love.

…He appeared to have bent his malevolence on making him a brute: he was never taught to read or write; never rebuked for any bad habit which did not annoy his keeper; never led a single step towards virtue, or guarded by a single precept against vice.

Unfortunately, he was disliked by her for his unintelligent code of conduct, while in fact he never learnt what was proper and what was not. He could not show his love and care properly because he was shown differently (by his so-kind uncle,Heathcliff), thus made Cathy chose Linton over him. He was the one who helped Cathy and yet being mistaken for his motive by her. My, life is so unfair for him. He was so eager to learn to read but he was being laughed at. Huhuhu I was crying at that scene. He seek for personal growth, unconsciously but the only one supportive was Nelly while Cathy just kept underestimating him. He silently lamented Heathcliff’s death, thinking Heathcliff’s been a father to him while Heathcliff hurt and ruined his life. He was the punching bag of Wuthering Heights (study.com, unknown year).

Even though his life started so roughly, it slowly changed towards some happy moments, leading to a better life. Cathy finally taught him to read. He learnt how to live like a civilized guy. lol.  I don’t mean to spoil anything, but the story at least gave justice to him. If not, I might have put the book on fire since I could not stand to remember how cruel Bronte to him. Like, it’s enough for Hareton to taste the aftermath of an injustice  in Wuthering Heights.Even though Linton and Cathy did too, but at least they tasted a love from their parent (ironically, Cathy was so loved by Edgar Linton while Linton was with Isabella Linton– ones who read will probably get this). They also knew how to read and spell, they were taught which one was right and not, they recognized what made people happy and what not. They could have a perspective towards life, planned to have a life like this and that. While Hareton… They knew how to behave well. Yeah, I could name more, and more of them. Perhaps these are my subjective thoughts, but for me, Linton and Cathy had better life in the beginning.

Upss I forgot that Nelly loved Hareton so much. But unfortunately Heathcliff separated them for so long that Hareton was grown up not remembering even a thing about her 😦

Also, I guess Heathcliff, to some extent, genuinely cared for him (this is debatable for me, tho) since he was carried some features of Heathcliff’s love of his life. Of course, Hareton and Catherine The Mom were Earnshaws!

Of course, I never not learn anything from my favorite character in a book. From Hareton Earnshaw, I know that no matter how slumped you are, how unrefined you are raised (because of the situation or people), you can still change your life so long as you have a strong motivation to grow. That motivation can be from other person, or a special thing you want to achieve. Hareton, who never knew that his life was hugely not decent, was driven by a strong want to impress Cathy and also a curiosity.

Also, no matter how isolated one is from an actual, genuine form of care, he/she will be able to feel it once he/she meets a person they are attracted too and wanting to act to it.

That’s all my plea for this guy. I hope that you all, who is going to read Wuthering Heights, can show some love and care for Hareton 🙂

Book Review : To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird
Title : To Kill A Mockingbird 
Author : Harper Lee
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
Pages : 376 Pages
Year of Publication : 2010 (first published in 1960)
Language : English
Genre(s) : Historical Fiction, Classic,
Bought from : Books and Beyond (Sun Plaza, Medan)
Synopsis and Cover Pic : Goodreads

Synopsis :

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view .. until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Tomboy Scout Finch comes of age in a small Alabama town during a crisis in 1935. She admires her father Atticus, how he deals with issues of racism, injustice, intolerance and bigotry, his courage and his love.

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I decided to read this novel due its popularity and achievements. No wonder I expected so much from this and… yeah! To Kill A Mockingbird proved me that there’s no doubt it deserved all good things it has. This novel was narrated by Scout, a young girl who lived in Maycomb with her father (Atticus Finch) and only brother (Jem), accompanied by Calpurnia, a Negroe who served Finch family and her father’s sister, Alexandra. Through the eyes of this girl, issues happening around her neighborhood were revealed, from a mysterious neighbor, a wrong interpretation of bible, discrimination and injustice. What makes this novel more interesting is the author presented all these through the eyes of a kid, who was still innocent, straightforward, and still living in a nongray area perspective; I mean, black is black, white is white, that simple. So contrast with adults’.

“There are just some kind of men who– who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” Miss Maudie

This novel is good enough to make me keep reading but it still took me so long to finish, maybe because there’s only a few action scenes which usually attract me more. But the court scene…I could feel the tense there and felt pity towards Tom, the accused Negroe.

“I wanted you to see what real courage is… It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” Atticus

“I don’t care one peck. It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ’em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talking like that — it just makes me sick.” Dill

The characters are so memorable and lovable. I love the straightforward and tomboy Scout; the cool-headed and (trying-to-be) mature Jem, the sensitive and highly Dill, the wise dad Atticus, the beauty-loving-who-doesn’t-like-to-badmouth-others Miss Maudie, even the ‘cruel’ Mrs.Dubose and the mysterious-yet-soft-hearted Boo Radley. I want to be a parent like Atticus, a woman like Miss Maudie, and to have kids like Jem and Scout.  And among all the characters, I love Miss Maudie and Atticus most =)

People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” Miss Maudie

“Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.” Scout

I really recommend you guys to read To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s worth your purse Lol. You can learn many good things about life and as complicated adults, perhaps, can be moved to have a simple mind towards things.

“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” Jem

By the way, this novel has been adapted into movie in 1962 with the same title, staring Mary Badham (Scout), Philip Alford (Jem), and Gregory Peck (Atticus).  The movie was critically received, nominated and won awards from Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Cannes Film Festival in several categories.

Rating : 5/5