Negativity In Wuthering Heights Essay

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To believe in some truth, it is necessary to accept negativity in life. Emily Brontë universally accepts all ideas as true. She believes that if she were to ignore the evil things in life, then that would be rejecting the possibility of negativity in one’s life. Many times love is confused. Many people think that when they have deep obsession and passion towards a person, nothing else matters. This is called manipulation and is not real love though is often confused. In her book Wuthering Heights, due to her beliefs about negativity, one is lead to believe that each relationship is a real type of love (Cecil 302). The love between the old Catherine and Edgar Linton is romantic love, but it is based out of selfish and manipulative motives. …show more content…
One aspect is that it is odd that there is no physical aspect of their love for one another considering the amount of intense emotion displayed. Their is no sexual attraction discussed or lust between the two (Cecil 304). Catherine also expresses that she does not even find him physically attractive (Cecil 303; Brontë 77). Another aspect of their love is the way Catherine and Heathcliffe view one another. Heathcliffe views her with passion, but ultimately he is motivated out of revenge (Sanger 16). They both do not focus on treating one another well or care how the other one feels (Cecil 304; Brontë 77). Catherine does not view Heathcliffe fondly or dream about him but simply sees him as she would herself (Cecil 304). To her, Heathcliffe is "always, always in [her] mind: not as a pleasure, any more than [she is] a pleasure to [herself] , but as [her] own being" (Cecil 304; Brontë 77). One last aspect of their uniqueness in their love is the paradoxes that describe their love. Catherine does not like Heathcliffe, but she loves him. She hates his character yet she loves him because she feels that they are the same person and that he is more her than she is (Cecil 303). Catherine does not care how she makes Heathcliffe feel, but says she has felt his emotions from the beginning (Cecil 304). Catherine and Heathcliffe 's relationship is based on passion, yet not obsessive passion, but the …show more content…
All three relationships are described as adolescent. This gives certain consequences on the characters, and when they are not resolved, are fatal. They share the same frenzied love and emotionally intense battles. The love between characters shows weakness but in Cathy’s case, it is weakness that is overcome by wisdom. This is what separates true selfless love and just romantic love. Cathy is able to think clearly and can overcome her childish ways while her mother is incapable of all matters of reason. Romantic manipulation is often mistaken for true love because the characteristics of the two are so similar. They both have deep passion and connection, but the defining characteristic of true love is selflessness, which is the only way that love can

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