At one point in Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff locks Catherine and Nelly into a room for several days and even “seized her [Catherine] with the liberated hand, and, pulling her, on his knee, administered, with the other, a shower of terrific slaps on both sides of the head” (271). Heathcliff slaps Cathy after she refuses to say in the room with Nelly for the sole reason that Cathy is Catherine’s daughter, and Heathcliff takes out his anger at Catherine on her daughter, which shows how much fury he still has after all of these years. Heathcliff also tries to marry Cathy to Linton in order to take control of Wuthering Heights when Edgar dies. He says that Wuthering Heights would “go to me; but, to prevent disputes, I desire their union, and am resolved to bring it about” (215). The hope of preserving the memory of Catherine is what drives Heathcliff to force his son to marry Catherine. If Linton were to become heir of the property, it would ensure Heathcliff's ownership of Wuthering Heights, fulfilling his
Emily Bronte uses effects of the characters’ actions to show that individuals who exhibit narcissistic personality disorder cannot participate in a functional, fulfilling relationship. Her ideas gain clarity when looking at each relationship involving a narcissist individually. Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw’s ties, central to the novel’s plot, encounter numerous and nasty obstacles as a result of their unending love - for themselves. Despite claiming to love each other unconditionally, to the point where Cathy claims “I am Heathcliff” (Bronte ), they consistently act on their own urges with no concern for the other. Hence, their feelings never actually come to fruition before Catherine dies. Nevertheless, the mutual burning passion between the two not only results in love, but a fair amount of hatred. When Catherine’s illness leads her to her deathbed, instead of comforting her, Heathcliff berates her for causing him pain, going so far as to say she’s “possessed with a devil” (Bronte ) for the way she acts toward him. Before her death, many other issues were at hand. Another one of the faults in their “love” is their need to make each other jealous. Cathy marries Edgar for the wealth and honor (Bronte ch. 9) and Heathcliff marries Isabella to make Edgar angry (Bronte ch. 11) according to each of the star-crossed lovers. However, their ulterior motives are clear: to make the other want themselves more through jealousy.
Here, she tells Nelly that marrying Heathcliff would degrade her, and she would’ve married him if he wasn’t a disgrace to marry. She also says “Nelly, I see now, you think me a selfish wretch; but did it never strike you that if Heathcliff and I married we should be beggars? Whereas, if I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brother's power?” (Bronte 87). Catherine believes that by marrying Edgar, she could help Heathcliff with his financial state and free him from Hedley. However that doesn’t happen, because Heathcliff overhears the part where she tells Nelly that it would degrade her to marry him and he decides to leave Wuthering Heights.
Edgar Linton, normally gentle, also uses physical violence when he fights with Heathcliff over Catherine Earnshaw, now his wife Catherine Linton. Like Hindley, Edgar does not realize that violence cannot produce love. His fight with Heathcliff results in Catherine’s insanity and her eventual death. Catherine, too, is not flawless. When Nelly, under Hindley’s orders, chaperones Edgar’s visit with Catherine Earnshaw, Catherine is furious and strikes Nelly. When her nephew Hareton weeps at this abusive display, Catherine seizes the child and shakes him. She then strikes Edgar when he tries to stop her. The root of Catherine’s violence is not the same as the one that plague Hindley and Edgar: she does not physically hurt her family because she wants to be loved. She feels that she is already loved by everyone, but she
She wants a future and doesn’t want to settle for less since Hindley made Heathcliff into a servant. She is marrying Edgar and not Heathcliff because of status, and Edgar is rich. She also shows how she feels about both Heathcliff and Edgar: “he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.” Knowing that Catherine's marry makes Heathcliff life miserable since he is not allowed to see her and is shock that Catherine chooses Edgar over him. Heathcliff then decide to make her miserable as well and seek revenge on her. The fact, she love Heathcliff describes Edgar is only an option; she never shows any details to have real feelings for Edgar. Heathcliff tell us: “I seek no revenge on you”… “The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don’t turn against him: they crush those beneath them” (pg84) ironically Heathcliff tell us he will not seek revenge to Catherine but his actions show us he still when to get Catherine. When Heathcliff leaves and returns three years later; He attempts to see how Catherine’s doing and if he could win her love. Aware that she is married, Heathcliff returns as a gentleman and with money but doesn’t win Catherine back. Therefore Heathcliff starts his revenge by seeing and marrying Isabella, who is Edgar sister; and is trying to get Catherine
While reminiscing in his old age, Heathcliff says, “I get levers and mattocks to demolish the two houses and when everything is ready and in my power, I find the will to lift a slate off either roof has vanished … Where is the use [of revenge]? I don’t care for striking: I can’t take the trouble to raise my hand!” (323). The Heights and the Grange are finally “in his power” that he can destroy the two houses if he wants. Though he realizes that his efforts were all in vain and his hunger for revenge made him unfortunate. Catherine Earnshaw confronts with the patriarchal system by hurting herself. As Edgar forces her to choose between himself and Heathcliff, she says, “Well, if I cannot keep Heathcliff for my friend – if Edgar will be mean and jealous, I’ll try to break their hearts by breaking my own…” (116). Catherine “breaks her own” by locking herself in her room and fasting for three days; she has no choice but to use the ultimate method to make her rage and helplessness be heard. On the contrary, Catherine Linton resists by improving herself. Although Heathcliff hinders Catherine from learning, she has so much of novelty to feel and learn and continues to read (322). By education, she succeeds to remove Heathcliff’s will to revenge and gain love chosen by herself. Heathcliff, Catherine Earnshaw, and Catherine Linton’s different reactions bring a different ending; destruction versus
Heathcliff resents her scorn. He desires to regain her approval. He attempts to be “decent” and “good” for her sake (Brontë 40). However, his attempt to be decent fails miserably. He resents the attentions that Catherine gives to Edgar. Catherine would rather wear a “silly frock” and have dinner with “silly friends” than ramble about the moors with him (Brontë 50). Heathcliff keeps track of the evenings Catherine spends with Edgar and those that she spends with him. He desperately wants to be with Catherine. When Catherine announces to Nelly her engagement to Edgar, Heathcliff eavesdrops, but leaves the room when he “heard Catherine say it would degrade her to marry him” (Brontë 59). Catherine has spurned his love, choosing Edgar over him. Heathcliff cannot bear this rejection. The love he possesses for her transcends romantic and filial love (Mitchell 124). He feels that he is one with her (Mitchell 123).
Another one of the many things Heathcliff wanted was power. He seduced and married Isabella Linton, not out of love, but out of selfish thoughts of abusing her to get revenge against her brother, Edgar because he married Heathcliff’s lover. When Isabella died, Heathcliff’s son Linton was handed over to him; Heathcliff forced Linton to marry Edgar and Catherine’s daughter, Catherine – or Cathy – Linton. When Ellen found letters written between the two, Linton’s letters “rendered natural,
This leads to him running away from the heights entirely, leaving Catherine to marry Edgar. “He had listened till he heard Catherine say it would degrade her to marry him.” (81). Upon his return (two years later), Heathcliff marries Isabella to get back at Catherine, and her speech about how marrying him would degrade her. Isabella is also taken against her and her family’s will. Heathcliff kidnaps her and locks her away at the heights. In a letter written to Nelly, Isabella confirms that it was truly against her will for her leaving, and that she cannot return in the time of crisis in her brother’s life. “… an entreaty for kind remembrance and reconciliation, if her proceeding offended him: asserting that she could not help it then, and being done, no power to repeal it.” (140). In the act of kidnapping Isabella, Heathcliff’s intent is to hurt Catherine. Catherine would develop almost a jealous-like temper towards the whole situation, as Heathcliff knew it would. Even on Catherine’s deathbed, there is a constant push and pull (in almost a literal sense) of the cruelty that goes on between the two of them. Between the crying, the vexing, and the constant apologies, comes the brutal cruelty of the words Catherine speaks to Heathcliff. “I shall not pity you, not I. You have killed me – and thriven on it, I think.” (164)
As a consequence of Heathcliff's visit to the Grange, Edgar's sister Isabella falls in love with him, and her feelings seem to be sincere. In this one-sided love affair Heathcliff takes advantage of the innocent girl's infatuation to foster his obsession for revenge. (Isabella is her brother's heir). Catherine's reaction is very hard to interpret. It is natural that she is jealous, if she still feels the same for him as before, and that may be the reason why she dissuades Isabella from marrying Heathcliff. But the words she uses, telling her what an abominable creature Heathcliff is, are not the sort you expect to hear from someone talking of a sweetheart. Later on when her husband and Heathcliff are having a quarrel, she stops Edgar from hurting her friend . There is an excess of emotion, and her explanation to this behaviour is that she wants them both, Edgar and Heathcliff: "Well, if I cannot keep Heathcliff for my friend - if Edgar will be mean and jealous, I'll try to break their hearts by breaking my own" (109).Her love for Heathcliff has not cooled down, instead it seems to be a stronger obsession than ever considering the torments she goes through, when she becomes seriously ill.The last time Catherine and Heathcliff see each other is a very heart-rending meeting. Their love for each other is as strong as ever, and Heathcliff
Heathcliff is abused; his only source of love is his dearest Catherine, yet even that love cannot thrive in Heathcliff’s environment. The problem is not that his love is unrequited, but rather that Catherine believes she would fall to ruin if she were to be with Heathcliff “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him---because he's more
To begin, Heathcliff uses Isabella as a means of exacting revenge on Edgar Linton, whom he despises. When Heathcliff finds out Isabella is in love with him, he is delighted. His pleasure comes not from a mutual like for Isabella, but rather a vision for revenging Edgar. After Catherine lets slip that Isabella is in love with him, Heathcliff says to her, “...and if you fancy I’ll suffer unrevenged, I’ll convince you of the contrary, in a very little while! Meantime, thank you for telling me your sister-in-law’s secret: I swear I’ll make the most of it. And stand you aside!”(112). Heathcliff’s comment
Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, Mr. Earnshaw’s daughter, quickly became inseparable forming an innocent yet incestuous bond. The only sentiment Heathcliff held was loyalty to Catherine and Mr. Earnshaw, so when they were both taken away from him, Earnshaw by death and Catherine by Edgar Linton, he adopted a resolute vengeance. Jealousy led him to lash out at Edgar Linton because he felt entitled to
Heathcliff's role as an avenger is helped by his intelligence and understanding, not just of his own motivations, but of the motivations of others. He recognizes the source of Isabella's infatuation that-: "she abandoned this under a delusion" - "picturing in me a hero of romance". He also capitalizes on Linton's poor health by inviting the pity of Cathy so that her affection and sympathy would facilitate a marriage that would leave he, Heathcliff, as master of the Grange.
While at Thrushcross Grange, she grows infatuated with Edgar, despite her love for Heathcliff. Edgar came from an upper class family as well and took care of her when she was in a dog accident. This leads to her acceptance of Edgar Linton’s marriage proposal despite her statements regarding her love for Heathcliff. Heathcliff overhears unfortunate passages of Catherine's discourse and disappears for a period during which he mysteriously makes his fortune and changes irrevocably from the person he was. Vengeance consumes him, and Heathcliff attempts to destroy the lives of those who wronged him, (as well as their children). Ultimately, Heathcliff’s bitterly executed vengeance is effaced by a love between Hareton and Cathy that mirrors Heathcliff’s own love for Catherine. Hareton is Catherine’s nephew and Cathy is Catherine’s daughter, which makes the two first cousins.