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Is this essay I am going to discuss whether Wuthering heights is a
love story or not. There are several reasons for saying that the novel
is a love story and there are several reasons that state that
Wuthering heights is not a love story.
The trational love story has the perfect characters which always
somehow no matter what the contions always manage to find there ideal
partner. The setting is really simple and there always is a perfect
climax despite what the obstacles are.
The term love is used too loosely and is not specified if the love
they mean is love for the family or sibling love then yes Wuthering
heights is a love story. Romantic love is an aspect of the story but
in my own personal opinion the romantic love aspect is not the be all
and end all of the novel.
The novel has many conventions which indicate that it is a love story.
For example the setting. The settings very typical of a love story.
Two families living in different houses and the houses are separated
by the mores and it seems really simple until a complication is
introduced, "bring that gipsy brat into the house". This is referring
to Heathcliff when he is brought home from Liverpool. Some critics say
that Heathcliff is a complication to the family and imperticualy Cathy
because if Heathcliff was not around Cathy and Edgar would have been
married with no major problems and without the complication of Cathy
loving Heathcliff. But there is no evidence to prove this information
is true. Another aspect of the setting that makes the novel seem like
a typical love story is the way Cathy and Heathcliff grow really close
then Cathy has an accident and has to stay with the Linton's and then
she falls in "love" with Edgar and decides to marry him. This seems
like a perfect romantic set up.
The characters also make the novel seem like it is a love story
because it again fits in with the way a typical love story is written.
The way there is a rich person and a poor person and they are both
batterling for the hand of the lovely young lady. Is this case the
poor person is Heathcliff the rich person is Edgar and the lovely
young lady is Cathy. The problem is Cathy marries Edgar not knowing if
she is in love with him or not "I shall marry him: and yet you have
not told me whether I'm right" this shows that she is not really sure
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conformation. This is really showing the way this is turning out to be
a love story with the uncertainty's and the conflict of emotions.
Another way of telling if the novel is a love story or not is by
analysing the relationships of the characters. First I will analyse
the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff. At the begging of the
story ( that is being told by Nelly) you see the relationship between
Heathcliff and Cathy begin. They grow very close and even misbehaved
and got in trouble and still think of each other when they were
getting punished, "the greatest punishment we could invent for her was
to keep her separate from him" this shows the close relationship
between them when they were younger. They WERE very close but after
Cathy goes to live at the Linton's house, she seemed to have drifted
away from the feelings she had as a child, "it was only that you
looked odd." this shows how Cathy shows a difference in emotion and
standard because as a child she did not care for people for appearance
but for what was underneath the exterior that was shown to the world.
But due to the long term stay at the Linton's all has changed for
Cathy opinion wise. To summarise the relationship between Cathy and
Heathcliff, they were close as children but as time went on and they
spent time apart Cathy grew further apart from Heathcliff whilst
Heathcliff grew closer to Cathy.
The relationship between Edgar and Cathy is a very different
relationship to the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff. Cathy
is very wary about her feelings for Edgar at first but soon realises
that it would be worth trying. They both seem like a compatible couple
on the bases that they both like to act in a respectable manner and
both like feeling superior to others. The major downfall about the
relationship between the two of them is Cathy did not marry Edgar for
love of for stability but for her greed of money, which makes her seem
like a confused and hurtful character. The fact a relationship was
based on money from the start is a very indecisive idea, " he will be
rich, and I shall be the greatest woman" this proves that she was
marring for the wrong reasons.
In my personal opinion I do not think that Wuthering heights is a
story about love and how people fall in love and hoe they are together
but more about the pursuit for love. There is always a one person
always in two minds to decide what they will do about there love, "my
love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods" "my love for
Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath" which proves my point
that everyone seems to be in two minds about everything. This also
shows that Cathy has not actually found love but is still in the
process of trying to find it, she is in the pursuit for love.
Heathcliff is also in the pursuit for love as her is on the pursuit
fro Cathy and Cathy IS Heathcliff love.
In conclusion the play may or may not be a love story. This story can
be interpreted in many ways so to one person this novel is a romantic
love story, to another person this is anything but a love story. In my
opinion. I can not decide because the mix up of emotions and the
hatred and the pursuit for love all seem to me to be key themes in the
novel, thus making it unclear to me what type of novel this could be.