Sex Seen by Women. Wuthering Heights. Then and Now. From the English author Emily Brontë to the current filmmaker Andrea Arnold: love, death, incest and even necrophilia. No nice moments. Only sex in the afterlife.
Then: in 1847, Emily Brontë, under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, published the novel Wuthering Heights, her first and last novel because Emily died soon, aged 30.
The action takes place on a farm at the Yorkshire moors. There, an isolated family survives in harsh conditions, both physical and psychological. What about younger family members? What opportunities do they have to meet people of the opposite sex? It’s almost incest the love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, incest she tries to stop when she marries Edgar Linton… Heathcliff jealousy and revenge will have a destructive effect, also in the all community.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is a Gothic novel. The main characters are living among shades and phantoms, in a landscape of terror where God is only another distant problem.
Wuthering Heights has inspired adaptations, including movies, radio or TV dramatizations. Also, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, a ballet and operas by Bernard Herrmann, Carlisle Floyd, and Frédéric Chaslin. Even a role-playing game, and a song by Kate Bush.
Now: in 2011, the independent British director Andrea Arnold filmed again Wuthering Heithts. Starring by Kaya Scodelario as Catherine and James Howson as Heathcliff. The screenplay, written by Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed, is still more romantic and dark that the text of 1847. From the beginning, lovers know that only death will unite them forever. They want a sexual relationship outside of that harsh world, in the afterlife. It is a fantastic film full of references to nature, birds and animals, life and death. If you have the chance, see this different movie. Not suitable for children but interesting for a reflection.
Love is a force of nature… it’s sex.