Love In Wuthering Heights
In the novel Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte manipulates the desolate setting and dynamic characters in order to examine the self-destructive pain of compulsion; compulsion so strong as to corrupt the most basic human feeling, love. In this love story, the author portrays love as a sick and demented emotion affected by greed; greed powerful enough to rip out and conquer even the most potent feelings of love within a human being. Wuthering Heights is a story of love in its most vicious and repulsive form. Catherine Earnshaw’s love for money and Heathcliff makes her life miserable; eventually she must decide which one of these loves to marry. Catherine Earnshaw’s love for Heathcliff is evident throughout the story; Catherine always stands up for Heathcliff when her brother hurts him, and her need for Heathcliff when she is dying proves how much Heathcliff means to her. However, Catherine’s obsession with money is as strong as her love for Heathcliff; we see this when she even thinks about leaving Heathcliff for Edgar, solely because Edgar is very wealthy. The fact that she can even think about leaving her childhood love for something like money shows how repulsive her love is. Her love is so repulsive that she has to defend it, “Nelly, I see now that you think me a selfish wretch; but did it never strike you that if Heathcliff and I married, we should be beggars? Whereas, if I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him aout of my brother’s power,”(Bronte 83) in order to make Nelly Dean believe that her act of marrying Edgar is really a selfless act to save Heathcliff, rather than a way to only benefit herself. From this one act of selfishness we see that her love is vicious; for she hurts Heathcliff in a way that she cannot fathom, causing Heathcliff to leave Wuthering Heights for many years. The moment Catherine let money dictate her life, her love turned into something so repulsive, it drove away, the one man that loved...
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