Emily Bronte 's Wuthering Heights Essay

1072 Words Aug 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is an unconventional take on romance. Brontë presents two different types of love through the lives of her main characters. Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff’s stubborn, romantic passion portrays the dark side of love. The characters’ intense passions and like-personalities cause much turmoil and destruction in their own lives as well as in all those around them. The next generation of lovers, Catherine Heathcliff and Hareton Earnshaw, evolve with time and are able to find success in a love that matures. Brontë offers Catherine and Heathcliff’s love story in contrast to Cathy and Hareton’s love story to develop her overall theme which teaches her readers that life and love are about growth and acceptance. Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff’s complicated love for one another originated in their childhood and continued to live after death divided them. Their relationship always revolved around the idea of oneness in that they figuratively are of the same soul. They see each other as soulmates who serve as each other’s lifeline. This obsessive need to be together was unmistakable even as children. “The greatest punishment we could invent for her was to keep her separate from him” (Brontë 42). Although they feel so strongly for one another, they are both selfish and cruel human beings. Catherine has her sights set on being "the greatest woman of the neighborhood" (73), which would not happen if she had married Heathcliff like she secretly…

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