Wuthering Heights: The Fine Line Between Love and Hate Essay

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From the time they were young children, Heathcliff and Catherine formed an almost otherworldly bond. No one else around them could understand such an attraction; even they had trouble comprehending it themselves. Heathcliff was a dark, tortured soul, a mysterious stranger thrust into the lives of the Earnshaws. Catherine was selfish and naïve, aware only of her own emotions and apathetic of how her actions affected others. Through their vast differences both in temperament and in social status, Heathcliff and Catherine grew closer than they could have imagined. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is by no means a love story, but a tale of twisted, murderous, obsessive love.
Heathcliff’s thoughts and actions throughout the novel make it easy
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On the day he returns, Nelly observes “If he were careless and uncared for before Catherine’s absence, he had been ten times more so since” (Bronte pg 56). Heathcliff is terrified that his only friend in the world, the only person he has ever felt affection for, has forgotten about him in her exposure to a higher way of living. He is so confused and angry both at her and at his own inferiority that he runs from her and refuses to associate with her for some time. They are both crushed by this rift in their friendship but both are too stubborn to fix it. Although Catherine once admitted to Nelly “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger; I should not seem a part of it” (Bronte pg 84), she still agrees to marry Linton because she knows that it would “degrade” her to marry Heathcliff.
Pride plays an important role in the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. She knows that Linton will never love her the way her childhood confidant does, but she also knows that she would be shunned from her family and looked down upon by the village if she wished to marry Heathcliff. He is completely consumed by his love for her and fails to consider the consequences of his actions regarding her family and the people she cares about. Heathcliff, although he is arguably Catherine’s soul mate, cannot offer her the stability that Linton can, and she is so

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