Essay Wuthering Heights, By Emily Bronte

1300 Words Jun 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” In Emily Brontë’s gothic romance Wuthering Heights, Hindley and Catherine Earnshaw along with their gypsy brother, Heathcliff, the inhabitants of Wuthering Heights, live a completely altered life than that of Edgar and Isabella Linton. The Linton’s, inhabitants of Thrushcross Grange, live a lavish life of luxury and high social class. Protagonists, Heathcliff and Catherine, are inseparable and, as a result, an eternal love is formed. However, Catherine’s life changes once she meets the wealthy Edgar Linton. Seeing their extravagant lifestyle at Thrushcross Grange makes her want the same and she will do anything to have it. As a result of this desire, Catherine is frequently torn between what lies behind her; her love for Heathcliff which she has abandoned, what lies in front of her, her new blossoming love for Edgar and his social status, or what lies inside of her, her eternal love for Heathcliff and her plan to help him rise to wealth and power. Mesmerized by Edgar and his assets, Catherine oversees her undying love for Heathcliff and chooses to marry Edgar to have a life of high social status and wealth. Her betrayal destroys not only her life but, Heathcliff’s life as well. Nevertheless, Emily Brontë explores the challenges one must overcome when faced with the internal test to choose between one’s loyalty and desire in her novel Wuthering…

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