Catherine 's Superiority Complex, Wildness, Manipulativeness, And Frivolousness

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Thesis: Catherine’s superiority complex, wildness, manipulativeness, and frivolousness make her the source of Heathcliff’s revengeful actions and further deterioration and thus, she can be recognized as the catalyst for the horrors that occur in the novel. Her tactlessness not only causes Heathcliff’s downfall, but her own dramatic end. Topic 1: Catherine is extremely flawed (narcissism, temper tantrums, etc.). She is savage-like since childhood and it continues until her adulthood. She was compelled to play in the moors and enjoyed receiving scorn from others. She attacks Nelly for not obeying her. Then she attacks Hareton. “Little Hareton, who followed me everywhere, and was sitting near me on the floor, at seeing my tears, commenced crying himself, and sobbed out complaints against "wicked aunt Cathy," which drew her fury upon his unlucky head: she seized his shoulders, and shook him till the poor child waxed livid, and Edgar thoughtlessly laid hold of her hands to deliver him.” (Brontë 61) She develops superiority after her time at Thrushcross Grange. (Theme: Social Class) She regards Heathcliff as a peasant; especially compared to Edgar. “I 've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low I shouldn 't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him; and that not because he 's handsome, Nelly, but because he 's more myself than I am.” (Brontë 69) In this moment, he shows the depth of her insensitivity and irrationality. She loves Heathcliff, but her narcissism will never allow her to marry him. Catherine wants to be treated like a princess. “They were both very attentive to her comfort... ... middle of paper ... ...atherine. He calls this his single wish Heathcliff then dies bitterly and haunts the moors of the Heights alongside Catherine. Conclusion: Catherine is like a storm and wholly emcompasses the essence of Wuthering Heights. Her insensitive malevolence is experienced by all in the novel, especially by Heathcliff. Catherine does not cause destruction in the organized fashion in which Heathcliff does. She has no clear victim. She harms whoever gets in her way. She is ready to end whatever causes the slightest inconvenience. Heathcliff was made harsh and evil by other factors (his past, Hindley, the influence of Wuthering Heights), but Catherine was the cause of the propagation of the evil within him. With her death, she makes sure Heathcliff is in as much suffering as she is but her continued ghostly presence in his life. She fully wants to bring about his damnation.

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