A theme is a main idea of a literary work which helps explore and establish the plot. Themes
are important in literary pieces because they help reveal the narrative and develop
characterization. Many different and interesting themes are used in the classic novel Wuthering
Heights. Some experts think the affiliation between the main characters is deep love but others
say it is deep passion. The award winning author of Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, conveys
the theme of love and passion in a very extravagant and different way. Love and passion is
displayed in great depth in many of the characters all throughout the novel. The main characters
Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, experience many trials and tribulations with their love and
passion all throughout the novel. The love and passion that Catherine and Heathcliff have is
pure and true and becomes a prime example of what love is all about.
Catherine’s and Heathcliff’s love and passion for one another is the kind that one dreams
about. Although Catherine was madly in love with Heathcliff, she married Edgar Linton
for the lavish lifestyle of which she was accustomed to. Catherine’s love for Edgar Linton was
strictly superficial and materialistic which helps her maintain her economic status. Catherine
states, “And he will be rich, and I shall like to be the greatest woman of the neighborhood, and I
shall be proud of having such a husband” (Brontë 91). However, no amount of money can come
between the love that Catherine and Heathcliff share. The appeal that Catherine has for
Heathcliff is far greater than the material oriented attraction than she shares for Edgar.
The narrator states, “She was much too fond of Heathcliff. The greatest punishment we could
invent for her was to keep her separate from him; yet, she got chided more than any of us on his
account” (Brontë 49). Regardless that...
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