Wuthering Heights Made the Cut

        The classic novel Wuthering Heights was written by Emily Brontë in 1847 and adapted to film by William Wyler in 1939. William Wyler did a great job in transferring the plot from novel to movie screen. The one problem that I truly had with Emily Brontë’s novel was relieved in the movie.

         In the novel, Emily Brontë was very descriptive. She painted a picture for her readers hoping that, in reading the book, they were truly watching it in their minds. She was in tune with every detail that she was picturing. She went on to describe her characters in great detail. She described Catherine and Heathcliff’s undying love for each other. Then she moved on to the other aspect of the love triangle concerning Isabella and Heathcliff. Catherine then gets married to Edgar Linton, which creates another triangle. These two love triangles are enough to keep most readers interested for the entirety of the novel. However, the story does not end there. Emily Brontë continues the story with birth of three children and another love triangle between Hareton, Cathy Linton, and Linton Heathcliff.

         In William Wyler’s film there were many cuts made. One in particular is the exemption of the children. The film focused on what was most important; the story of Catherine Earnshaw (Sarita Wooten/Merle Oberon) and Heathcliff’s (Rex Downing/Laurence Olivier) waxing and waning love for each other. The removal of the children made the film’s overall effect so much stronger. The novel is much like a new football team before the season starts. Everyone who wants to play football goes out for the team. The football team has its core veteran players already within the mix; however, the team has many other unneeded players that must to be cut from the team. The cutting of these players makes the team stronger and more focused. The act of cutting the children in the film makes it stronger, more focused, and more enjoyable.

         In conclusion, the novel Wuthering Heights, written by Brontë in 1847, is a novel to be remembered. It has many aspects that are memorable. However, in the making of the film Wuthering Heights by William Wyler, a stronger, more focused story was built, and it flourished.

Brittany Hall