In the novel “Wuthering Heights”, by Emily Bronte, Catherine and Heathcliff’s passion for one another is the center of the story. Catherine appears to struggle with her choices in love displaying immaturity in how she sees the love between herself and Heathcliff. Heathcliff’s love for Catherine is more of a true love, however, “true love” soon turns into an obsession that leads him to madness and, eventually, his death.
Catherine actually detested Heathcliff when they were younger. At their first meeting she sees a scummy, gross and poor little child but as Mr. Earnshaw, Catherine's father, integrates Heathcliff into the family Catherine comes to like Heathcliff and starts to spend a lot of time with him and they eventually become inseparable. Soon after Mr. Earnshaw dies, Hindley, Catherine’s brother, takes over Wuthering Heights and bans Heathcliff to the fields to be a common laborer. This banishment does not stop Catherine from seeking out Heathcliff, it actually increases her adolescent love for Heathcliff.
Catherine has a terrible accident one night when Heathcliff and Catherine where out playing around the Grange, she is bitten by a dog at Thruschcross Grange and is treated by Mrs. Linton, the mistress of Thruschcross Grange, and ultimately meets her son Edgar Linton. After staying with the Linton family for awhile, Catherine returns
home a “proper” young lady. When she first returns home she is happily greeted, by the servants and her family. Catherine immediately asks for Heathcliff and mocks him “… how very black and cross you look! And how – how funny and grim!” (47) She is quite displeased with the way his looks have changed since she has been gone. After thi...
... middle of paper ...
...rom not eating properly and the stress that he has put himself through. Heathcliff gets buried right next to Catherine’s grave and has the side of his coffin facing Catherine’s removed so that as their bodies decompose their dust will intermingle to serve as a symbol for everlasting love.
We see in this novel that the love between Catherine and Heathcliff constitutes the center of Wuthering Heights both thematically and emotionally, and, if one is to respond at all to the novel it is difficult to resist sympathizing with that love. The love that brings both the rise of Heathcliff and Catherine and the fall of both of them to the point that they die from not being able to express their love and obsession for one another because in actuality they are soul mates.
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights. Oxford University press, 1998
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The Characters of Catherine and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights can be considered a Gothic romance or an essay on the human relationship. The reader may regard the novel as a serious study of human problems such as love and hate, or revenge and jealousy. One may even consider the novel Bronte's personal interpretation of the universe. However, when all is said and done, Heathcliff and Catherine are the story. Their powerful presence permeates throughout the novel, as well as their complex personalities.... [tags: Wuthering Heights Essays]
1614 words (4.6 pages)
- Love’s Destruction in “Wuthering Heights” In the novel “Wuthering Heights”, by Emily Bronte, Catherine and Heathcliff’s passion for one another is the center of the story. Catherine appears to struggle with her choices in love displaying immaturity in how she sees the love between herself and Heathcliff. Heathcliff’s love for Catherine is more of a true love, however, “true love” soon turns into an obsession that leads him to madness and, eventually, his death. Catherine actually detested Heathcliff when they were younger.... [tags: essays research papers]
1085 words (3.1 pages)
- Wuthering Heights Is a book by the famous author Emily Bronte who was born on July 30, 1818. The book was first published in London in 1847 as a three volume set. The author in the three volume set was printed under the alias Ellis Bell. In fact Bronte’s real name didn’t appear until 1850 on an edited commercial version. Although today Wuthering Heights is regarded as an American classic when it first came out it had mixed reviews because it went against the Victorian standards. The book begins in 1801 when Mr.... [tags: Wuthering Heights, Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff]
1458 words (4.2 pages)
- Wuthering Heights: In Wuthering Heights, the author—Emily Bronte—takes the readers to the Wuthering Heights mansion where they soon meet Heathcliff. It is in this story the reader is able to connect with Heathcliff and be pulled along with him through the events that he faces along the way. This is, again, because of Bronte’s use of descriptive wording when it comes to the main character and the land that surrounds him—the moors. The wording is so descriptive that one may feel like they are watching a reel of scenes before their eyes.... [tags: Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, Catherine Earnshaw]
1027 words (2.9 pages)
- Compare and Contrast: Wuthering Heights In Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Edgar Linton’s kind, forbearing, and innocent personality truly set him apart and categorize him directly as Heathcliff’s adversary. Heathcliff’s harsh, merciless, hateful, and mannerless way of carrying himself makes his opposition with Edgar evident very early on. Because of the vast ocean of conflict that occurs between these two men in the novel, they are the perfect pair to analyze in order to understand Bronte’s characters and their motives in Wuthering Heights.... [tags: Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, Catherine Earnshaw]
1389 words (4 pages)
- Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights tells a passionate story of love that spans across generations and transcends life and death. Heathcliff, a neglected orphan raised by the Earnshaw family at the brooding Wuthering Heights, loses Catherine Earnshaw, his true love, to Edgar Linton, a member of the wealthy Linton family at the elegant Thrushcross Grange. Heathcliff disappears for three years and returns an esteemed man, ready to take revenge on those who wronged him. As time passes these characters birth a new generation whose upbringings are greatly affected by their parents.... [tags: Wuthering Heights, Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff]
1198 words (3.4 pages)
- With great power comes great responsibility; one could flip this statement around and say that with great responsibility comes great power. Often times those who have the most responsibility, although they also have the most power, go greatly unnoticed. Emily Bronte uses the character Ellen “Nelly” Dean to show that the many complex roles of a servant, no matter how minute, have great power and control that hides under their responsibilities and tasks. Despite the social placement of the characters they all trust Nelly and her friendship, which gives her a great deal of control over any events that occur in Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange.... [tags: Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, Catherine Earnshaw]
1611 words (4.6 pages)
- Heathcliff is characterized “as dark almost as if it [Heathcliff] came from the devil.” (45) Throughout Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff is treated poorly and is mainly a product of a troubled childhood. This man then manifests into a person that is hardly capable of holding back his impetuous actions, and, therefore, exemplifies the capacity of the most powerful emotions. Although he may not be the ideal protagonist, it is ultimately not his fault and in the end is defined by the events in the story.... [tags: Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, Catherine Earnshaw]
899 words (2.6 pages)
- The Character of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte In "Wuthering Heights" Heathcliff is both a romantic hero and a villain. As a romantic hero he is noble, brave and involved in a passionate love affair, he is also the main character. He is called a villain that means he is spiteful and only thinks about himself. Nobody, except Catherine and maybe Hareton like him. He immediately turns Lockwood against him, because he patronises Lockwood in a sophisticated manner that Lockwood doesn't understand.... [tags: Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Heathcliff Essays]
631 words (1.8 pages)
- Heathcliff The Byronic Hero in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte When one starts reading Wuthering heights I’m sure they think to themselves that the book will be just another romantic novel. They wait for Heathcliff to come around the whole story, and for him and Catherine to end up together, but it doesn’t happen.... [tags: Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte]
1331 words (3.8 pages)
- Source A GCSE History coursework
- The Post-Soviet Reemergence of the Russian Empire
- The Pleasure Principle in Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood and Brothers Grimm Little Red Cap
- Determination and Instinct in the Brothers Grimm's Cinderella
- The Importance of Hospitality in Ancient Greece versus The Dark Ages
- Elements of Homer's Odyssey in the Coen Brothers' Oh Brother Where Art Thou