Analysis Of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights has survived the test of time because of it’s continuous relevancy to generations of readers. It is more than just an entertaining love story, it is a study of revenge, hatred, passion, and choices. From this story the three main lessons to be learned are that vengeance cannot replace lost love, that the greatest love can cause the most pain, and that interfering in the affairs of others does more harm than good. Wuthering Heights is a great romance, but the revenge plot is just as important to making this novel the classic piece of literature it still is today. Heathcliff’s acts of revenge resonate with the readers because they show that vengeance is no substitution for love. Heathcliff was hated as a child…show more content…
Cathy can be used to represent Heathcliff’s greatest loss of love, not being able to spend his life with Catherine. Heathcliff first loses Catherine to Edgar, and then suffers from an even greater loss when Catherine dies and leaves him forever. Cathy’s existance is a constant reminder that Catherine is gone and all that is left of her is her daughter with Edgar. Heathcliff uses her in his ploys of revenge against her father, in his acquisition of the Grange, and forced her to marry and take care of the dying Linton alone. Heathcliff abused Cathy as Lockwood sees, “Heathcliff lifted his hand, and the speaker [Cathy] sprang to a safer distance, obviously acquainted with its weight” (Bronte 30). Heathcliff is heartbroken and full of rage when Catherine dies and even wishes Catherine be trapped as a ghost on earth, forced to wait for him before passing on because he can not live without her, but despite his dramatics and need to hold on to Catherine, he abuses the only earthly link to her remaining. His vengeful actions can not bring any positivity back and the cycle of anger does not bring him any joy, his heart is still empty. Heathcliff’s anger that Catherine has left him results in his abuse of Cathy, but this can not bring Catherine back and his acts of vengeance can not be substituted for the love he has…show more content…
Despite their love being so powerful, or perhaps because of it, they have many difficulties and are hurt most of all by each other. The lesson to be learned here is that it is the people you love the most that can cause you the most pain. Edgar is completely devoted to Catherine throughout the entire novel, he loves her with all of his heart and forgives her every wrong. After their marriage he still invites Heathcliff to his home to visit with Catherine and after the big argument when she locks herself away, he immediately forgives her when he realizes she has become ill. Edgar focuses his every thought on Catherine’s well-being and comfort even when she seems quite conflicted over the two men in her life. He waits patiently for her to be ready for the wedding despite having no hesitations himself. Edgar spends all of his days looking after Catherine, and once she is dead, he becomes a recluse, completely heartbroken. His love for Catherine was blinding and whole, but it was her actions with Heathcliff and her death that brought him the most

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