The Story Of Heathcliff And Catherine's Wuthering Heights

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The story of Wuthering Heights is a passion filled love affair bound in the cyclic nature of two families. Heathcliff Earnshaw and Catherine Earnshaw begin their friendship at an early age which later turns into a mutual love for one another, though tainted and abused it may be, in their formative years. Through Heathcliff’s tumultuous relationship with Catherine, it becomes evident both characters are self-destructive, self-indulgent, and incapable of realizing how their behavior affects the lives of those around them. Ellen “Nelly” Dean, who spent the majority of her life in service to both Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, serves as a non-detached first-person narrator and recounts the tragic events of the lives at Wuthering Heights through …show more content…
Furthermore, as Heathcliff and Edgar come into contact more frequently as a result of them both pining for Catherine’s affection, Edgar Linton’s lack of passion and fire in life is blatantly clear when he refuses to fight Heathcliff, only briefly hitting him before running off for assistance. As Heathcliff noted that Catherine made a poor choice in Edgar over himself, he threw in multiple insults claiming Edgar was “{a} milk-blooded coward” and “the slavering, shivering thing {Catherine} preferred to {Heathcliff}” which is a clear representation of the extreme hostility he feels towards Linton (Bronte, 115). Edgar Linton’s physical demeanor and refinement also serve as his downfall in that he is not physically capable of any such violence and, as a result, is seen as cowardly, frail, and impotent in Catherine’s eyes; yet she stays with him as a means of climbing the social ladder and living a respectable life. Heathcliff at one point says of Edgar, “If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day,” (Bronte, 148). The constant pull and complicated relationship Catherine feels between the two men and herself is further symbolized by the obvious contrasts elsewhere in the story; particularly in the two different estates in Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange; the two Catherines as well as the two Heathcliffs, as shown when the second generation comes; and the significant break in the middle of the novel when Catherine dies. This essentially throws the novel in two directions: life pre-and-post Catherine’s death. There is an irrevocable air of mystery forever surrounding the all too perverse nature of Catherine Earnshaw

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