Themes Of Love And Hate In Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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Love and hate, the basis of all relationships, romantic or platonic. These two words can mean so much, but also mean so little at the same time. The contemplation of whether these words truly drive people to resort to things of pure evil is debatable, but can be observed from the results of human interaction. Revenge is a result of the authentic, profound passion of love or hate that comes to overwhelm some people. The true test of character is then revealed by how people react to these passionate feelings. This is seen in the novel between the star cross-crossed lovers doomed for their inevitable fate. Although love and hate are both feelings that can be suppressed into the depths of emotion to not be exploited, the novel Wuthering Heights …show more content…
Just this title alone without the knowledge of the book foreshadows to the reader of a dreary plotline and reveals the possible themes, which Bronte eventually gives to her reader, “Wuthering Heights is the name of Mr. Heathcliff's dwelling. "Wuthering" being a significant provincial adjective, descriptive of atmospheric tumult to which its station is exposed in stormy weather" (Bronte 2). As the novel unravels, the characters such as Catherine and Heathcliff and their tragic love story take the reader through a complex journey of ups and downs from their passionate feelings of love and hatred towards each other all the while proving that the true intentions of a person are eventually revealed when revenge becomes a possible thought to consider, “why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself" (Bronte 175). Here Heathcliff’s true feelings are revealed after his emotional state had been overtaken with hatred and revenge. From Catherine’s marriage to Linton, Heathcliff married Isabella, causing a boundary of spite towards each other to be built stronger than anything yet so far, indirectly causing their passionate love to grow for each other. Although revenge is such a major aspect of the novel that is insistent through many major conflicts that are results of Heathcliff’s hatred towards society itself, “a sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself” (Bronte 6), true love seems to prevail in the end as the major theme of the novel. From every instance Catherine endures because of Heathcliff and reversed, the love they felt for each other despite of all of these situations led them into true “happiness” in the end. Many argue that the ending of this book is weary of a true “happy ending” because of how Catherine and Heathcliff’s love has “proved mutually destructive” (Knoepflmacher), but yet

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