Essay on An Analysis Of ' Wuthering Heights '

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Love is an emotion felt by many. While it can lead to untold happiness, it can certainly be destructive. Wuthering Heights shows a relationship that is hurtful to both parties even though they love each other very dearly. In the novel, Catherine and Heathcliff learn to love each other greatly; however, Catherine’s pride soon clouds the path to happiness with him while Heathcliff’s thirst for revenge clouds his happiness. Catherine and Heathcliff, while both infatuated with each other, cannot set aside their pride to be happy with each other. Pride destroys relationships. Obsessive love can lead to the destruction to happiness. Very early on in the novel, Catherine’s pride clouds her decision. She recognizes that she loves Heathcliff greatly, but she refuses to marry him. “‘It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff: so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he is handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am’” (73). Catherine doesn’t see herself as a separate person from Heathcliff but as one. It is dangerous to think this way since Catherine is a separate person, as she can make her own decisions for her long-term happiness, but can’t see that past her immense love for Heathcliff. Catherine also says that she marries Edgar so she could help Heathcliff. “‘…but did it never strike you that if Heathcliff and I married, we should be beggars? Whereas, if I married Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brother’s power.’” (74).…

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