Obsessive Love: The Love Of Catherine And Heathcliff's Love

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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, …show more content…
Catherine and Heathcliff are both responsible for causing their own misery. Heathcliff, out of obsession to get Catherine’s attention, married Isabella who he casts aside and mistreats. Catherine, out of pride and love to help Heathcliff, married Edgar who she casts aside for Heathcliff. This causes their own relationship with each other to become dysfunctional as well as it is no longer established on love and trust but on obsession. “‘I forgive what you have done to me. I love my murderer—but yours! How can I?’”(148) Heathcliff again is placing the blame on Catherine, telling her that he couldn’t not forgive the person who had killed the one he …show more content…
Whether he is the hero or the villain of the novel is up to the reader. He had suffered many hardships yet he inflicts those same hardships to others. Catherine and Heathcliff’s relationship is harmful and destructive to each other. It causes innocents to be harmed such as Isabella and Edgar for revenge. It places Catherine and Heathcliff in uncomfortable situations and arguments. Heathcliff, after Catherine’s death, is forever changed as he becomes cruel to those that resemble Catherine. He is punishing those who have done nothing wrong because of his obsessive love for Catherine. This love for Catherine destroyed Heathcliff’s ability to create new relationships and find

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