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Yin and Yang of True Love’s Passion

Society today embellishes the words romance and passion, claiming them to be all good and positive. However, almost no works of media capture the darkness of intense fervor like Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Her two protagonists, Heathcliff and Catherine, are one of literature’s most romantic star-crossed lovers, whose only parallel is Romeo and Juliet. Once her father brings the young and wild gypsy home, Catherine forms an unbreakable attachment with him. They embody the term “gothic romance” with tragedy and distress in every chapter threatening the relationship and sanity of the two characters. Catherine and Heathcliff’s amorous affinity and bond towards each other kindles drama that inflicts pain and suffering on those around them, causing the world that encompasses Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange to fall apart.
The side of romance that warms many hearts and sells even more movie tickets is of glamour and charm. Like the romances portrayed in the movies, Cathy and Heathcliff’s love is boundless and impregnable, proving to be stronger than a single strand of spider silk. Although many threaten to cut the strand, including Edgar Linton, it is invincible. No one can interfere, especially Edgar, because in both Catherine and Heathcliff’s mind, they love each other more than anyone could ever imagine: “If he [Edgar] loved with all the power of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I [Heathcliff] could in a day” (141). Since children, Catherine and Heathcliff have this strong relationship that fulfills the picturesque love of two souls intertwined. Even through the worst of times, the love of Catherine and Heathcliff can endure and sync themselves to feel each other’s happiness, pain, and sorro...

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...f’s connection, it is difficult to decide if it is really worth the troubles it is causing. The only two people that can decide if the ends justify the means are Catherine and Heathcliff themselves. However, is it really fair for two people who obviously find more happiness in themselves and each other to care about anybody else, be hands in fate for others? A difficulty in life is to find someone who makes one happy without making anybody else upset. Emily Brontë clearly demonstrates in her novel that it is difficult sometimes does not exist because the two people in love find each other, but cannot be with each other without causing sorrow. Catherine and Heathcliff are one of the most romantic couples, because the tragedy is not the pain that they inflict on others, it is the pain that they inflict on themselves and each other on account of their disastrous karma.
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