How Psychological Disorders Develop Catherine And Heathcliff 's Relationship Within Wuthering Heights

How Psychological Disorders Develop Catherine And Heathcliff 's Relationship Within Wuthering Heights

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How do Psychological disorders develop Catherine and Heathcliff’s relationship within Wuthering Heights?
In her novel, Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë uses psychological disorders in order to amplify the characters relationships. While Hindley, Linton, Edgar, and other minor characters suffer from multiple psychological disorders, it is Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff whose disorders shape the layout of the novel through their deep relationship. Their disorders range from histrionic personality disorder to monomania to Munchausen syndrome. Cathy and Heathcliff’s obsession for attention and each other drive them to develop psychological disorders that worsen throughout the novel due to lack of medical knowledge and diagnosis.
Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by self-dramatization, considering relationships more intimate than they are, and only being happy when at the center of attention. Both Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff suffer from this disorder, however, Cathy suffers more. Cathy is happiest when everyone is focusing on her even when the attention is brought on by something negative she has done. As a child “she was never so happy as when [they] were all scolding her at once (Brontë 37).”Although Cathy is being scolded, the attention is on her and therefore she is happy. As she grows older this attitude does not change. Cathy believes “…though everybody hated and despised each other, they could not avoid loving [her] (Brontë107).” Also, she believes her relationship with Heathcliff to be more intimate than it actually is. Heathcliff and Cathy have not slept together, yet she develops and speaks about the relationship as though they have. She goes as far to say that she is Heathcliff (Brontë 72). Her self-d...


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...m, and by him drawing out his death, he also draws out Cathy’s suffering.
Heathcliff and Cathy have a sadistic relationship. They are only truly in love when they are hurting each other. As Catherine lay dying, she wants Heathcliff, her love, to join her in death. She pleads to him:
"We 've braved its ghosts often together, and dared each other to stand
among he graves and ask them to come. But, Heathcliff, if I dare you
now,will you venture? If you do, I 'll keep you. I 'll not lie there by myself:
they may bury me twelve feet deep, and throw the church down over me,
but I won 't rest till you are with me. I never will (Bronte 111)!"
Heathcliff loves Cathy beyond physical means. Her dying, physically destroys him. Both characters suffer from multiple psychological disorders. However, it is these disorders that bring Heathcliff and Cathy closer.
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