Heathcliff Love Triangles Analysis

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4. Theme - Doubles: Compare and contrast the interactions / love triangles of Heathcliff, Catherine, and Edgar to that of the next generation of Hareton, Cathy, and Linton. Your analysis should include discussion of feelings and motivations.
These love triangles are similar because Cathy and Catherine are both in the center, but are different because of what motivated them. In the first generation, Heathcliff and Catherine are motivated by nothing but passion and love for eachother. There is no ulterior motives, Catherine solidifies this idea to Nelly, “Nelly, I am Heathcliff. He’s always on my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.” (p. 80). However, Catherine’s love is motivated for Edgar for his money and title. Catherine even states, “I’ve no more business to marry Edgar Linton, and if that wicked man in there [Hindley] had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn’t have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now” (p. 79). Heathcliff and Edgar’s relationship was determined when Catherine stayed at the Grange for five weeks. Even as children, Heathcliff hated Edgar, throwing hot apple sauce on him. After, Heathcliff announced that his revenge will be on Hindley and how have scorned him, “God won’t have the satisfaction that I shall,” (p. 59). Heathcliff is motivated by Catherine’s cruel words to better himself and return to the Grange to show Edgar that he has become a gentleman, just as he tried to appear like so many years before. Catherine’s selfiness ruined all three of them, resulting in her death and Heathcliff’s revenge on all characters. The second generation love triangle is not nearly as passionate or genuine as the original. Linton loves Cathy because he seeks to get away from his father, motivating him to allow Heathcliff to trap Cathy and Nelly. Linton repeatedly states his desire to go to Grange with Cathy and escape the Heights. Cathy’s love for Linton is motivated by her caring and kind nature. She pities Linton and feels responsible for caring for him. However, their marriage was not one of love, it was forced by Heathcliff. Cathy was motivated to marry Linton only so she could see her dying father. Hareton’s desire to

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