Book Review: “Wuthering Heights”

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With its complicated themes and layered narrative, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is renowned for being one of the leading novels of the gothic genre. It is undeniably a fascinating read, if only due to the numerous character and plot interpretations that can be had from it.

However, you should not take this book on if you’re not prepared to be fully committed to the storyline. Lockwood, a seemingly unnecessary character, is, in many ways, merely a device for the story to be told through, and yet the first few chapters resolve primarily on his impressions of the Wuthering Heights building and its inhabitants. Arguably, this gives depth and a better understanding of the isolation that Heathcliff and his family experience, but, in many ways, the gripping story of Wuthering Heights doesn’t really begin until after Cathy’s death, and the relationships within the next generation become steadily more intriguing. One thing must be made clear, though; this is not a love story. It is not a cheerful, upbeat novel in which readers have no choice but to expect a happy ending.

Wuthering Heights is a brutal insight to the class divisions and xenophobia of the Victorian Era, its narrative intrinsically linked to themes of envy, betrayal and revenge. Some critics would even go as far to say that the famous couple, Cathy and Heathcliff, never really had a mutual love between them; perhaps Heathcliff’s insanity produced an entire relationship for his deprived mind to obsess over; perhaps our impressions of the perfect, untainted love between them are, in reality, completely deluded.

Business: A Currency Article

As a startup writer, I am aware that it would be helpful to have experience in different fields of the writing industry. This is why I recently submitted an informative blog piece of writing (200-250 words) to Earn Forex, who run a blog with updates on recent currency changes. I did not feel entirely comfortable writing this piece, as I am not too confident about some of the terminology used in this field. However, I had a go, and sent this short article in as a paid test piece: 

This time last year, 1 British Pound (GBP) equated to 2.2 Australian Dollars (AUD), but after a steady decline throughout the year, the exchange rate hit new lows this week: 1 British Pound is now equal to only 1.6 Australian Dollars.

The fall of the pound after the Brexit vote increased after Theresa May put a deadline to the invocation of Article 50, announcing a date of the UK’s separation from the EU, March, 2017 (the full story is available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37532364). However, this more recent slump in British Pound (GBP) to Australian Dollar (AUD) exchange rates is owing to factors that occurred on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October.

On Tuesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond released comments that not only vanquished hopes of an MP vote on Brexit, but destroyed the support the Pound Sterling (GBP) had left. He confirmed that the UK government would not reject monetary policies put in place by the Bank of England (BoE), including the possible extension to quantitative easing (read more here: https://www.earnforex.com/news/?s=quantitative+easing). As a result of this, the value of the British Pound plunged still lower.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) previously stated that it would not maintain a neutral stance on monetary policy, causing a drop in value for the Australian Dollar (AUD). On Wednesday, however, Australia’s publication of the Q3 Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed a rise in the Australian Dollar value (AUD), as these fears were neutralised, and the division between the Pound and the Australian Dollar rose once more.