Analysis Of Emily Bronte 's ' Wuthering Heights '

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Kimberly Boots
Ms. Loomis
AP Literature and Composition
16 January 2015
The Meaning Behind It All Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is not only one of the most widely read books in America, but it also encourages different critical approaches. One of the most interesting approaches is the psychoanalytical approach in this circumstance. Through the entirety of this book it is understood that defending oneself in different ways is a way to escape the stresses of reality. “Our unconscious desires not to recognize or change out destructive behaviors- because we have formed our identities around them and because we are afraid of what we will find if we examine them too closely- are served by our defenses” (Tyson 15). Just as the way
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At her age, Catherine should have felt the happiest she has even been after Edgar’s proposal, but her emotions toward Heathcliff changed all that. One way she states her love for Heathcliff by saying: “’My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath’” (Brontë 74), illustrating the everlastings of her emotions and that they will never fade no matter what happens. Yet on the other hand, her ambitions get the best of her in which she says to Nelly: “’I shall like to be the greatest woman in the neighbourhood, and I shall be proud of having such a husband [Edgar Linton]’” (Brontë 71). Instead of marrying for true love as seen throughout fairy tales, Catherine marries Edgar solely for reputation, following her mind instead of her heart. The conflict of her following her heart or her mind has led her into denial by imagining that by marrying Edgar she is doing the right thing and that she could raise Heathcliff, for at this time he is poor. Catherine is not the only one affected by denial, Isabella Linton is as well. Isabella, Edgar’s sister that Heathcliff marries to get revenge on Edgar, becomes attracted to Heathcliff after his return to Wuthering Heights. She is warned by Catherine saying:
Heathcliff is: an unreclaimed creature, without refinement, without cultivation: an arid wilderness of furze and whinstone… He’s not a rough diamond- a pearl-containing oyster of a rustic: he’s a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man... and he’d
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