In Wuthering Heights, death is seen to be a welcome release from the tortures of living.

Topics: Wuthering Heights, Suffering, Heathcliff Pages: 3 (964 words) Published: November 27, 2013
In Wuthering Heights, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the struggles and sufferings the characters have to deal with in their lives. As the protagonists of the novel, Heathcliff and Cathy offer an element of debate in whether death does provide release from these struggles and sufferings. Heathcliff appears to undergo the most suffering out of all the characters in the novel. From the beginning of Nelly’s story, Heathcliff has faced problem after problem. He is found on the streets of Liverpool by Mr Earnshaw, and then brought to Wuthering Heights, and from then onwards, he is referred to as a ‘gypsy’ and linked to the devil. After the death of Mr Earnshaw, Heathcliff loses more than his father figure and protector, he also loses his home, status, and security. Upon the return of Hindley, Heathcliff undergoes emotional and physical abuse, degradation, and the loss of his new life, and he experiences this all while facing the fact that he is slowly but surely losing Cathy to Edgar. As Nelly puts into words, when Cathy marries Edgar, Heathcliff ‘loses friends, and love, and all’, ultimately proving that Cathy is everything to him. Therefore, the death of Cathy lands Heathcliff in his own living Hell, meaning that Heathcliff’s torture becomes life itself. Heathcliff’s death not only relieves him from the tortures of living without Cathy, but brings him to his Heaven: he can finally be with her, without the restraints that had affected them when they were alive. Cathy provides evidence for the theory that death is seen to be a welcome release from the tortures of living. Her first ‘torture’ can be seen to be the fact that she is second to Heathcliff in her own fathers eyes, and this is highlighted to her in her father’s telling her that he ‘cannot love’ her. Another problem Cathy must face is that of her class and gender. As a woman of the 1700s, she would be expected to marry into a wealthy family … The biggest ‘torture’ in Cathy’s life is that of romance. She...
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