Catherine and Heathcliff's Passion in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Love’s Destruction in “Wuthering Heights”

In the novel “Wuthering Heights”, by Emily Bronte, Catherine and Heathcliff’s passion for one another is the center of the story. Catherine appears to struggle with her choices in love displaying immaturity in how she sees the love between herself and Heathcliff. Heathcliff’s love for Catherine is more of a true love, however, “true love” soon turns into an obsession that leads him to madness and, eventually, his death. Catherine actually detested Heathcliff when they were younger. At their first meeting she sees a scummy, gross and poor little child but as Mr. Earnshaw, Catherine's father, integrates Heathcliff into the family Catherine comes to like Heathcliff and starts to spend a lot of
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She soon makes a decision to marry Edgar Linton, which drives Heathcliff to run away. After the marriage Catherine seems happy and content with her new life. Then Heathcliff re-enters Catherine’s life and her love for him again starts to flourish as she develops a new infatuation for him. Heathcliff is now a man of stature and is now, by societies standards, on the same level as her. She begins associating with him and comes to realize that she has loved him all along, but can not be with him because they are one in the same person. By refusing to eat, Catherine becomes gravely ill. On her death bed, Heathcliff comes to see her and she tells him how she wronged him, she says “… he’s in my soul” (141). She dies that night after seeing both Heathcliff and Edgar. Unfortunately, she never resolves the true feelings she has for Heathcliff in her heart. Heathcliff is something other than what he seems, his cruelty is merely an expression of his frustrated love for Catherine. He latches on to her at an early age becoming totally engulfed with her and this turns into an overwhelming obsession with her. After the incident at Thrushcross Grange Heathcliff becomes upset with Catherine for betraying him and what he sees as their love. When Catherine mocks him, on her
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return home, he becomes angry and says “I shall not stand to be laughed at, I shall not bear it!”(47). From here on Heathcliff’s obsession is enforced by the fury and

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