Love, Revenge, and Passion

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Emily Bronte will forever be known for the infamous romance of Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights. Not many couples can boast such a tumultuous and violent relationship, or of such passion and devotion. Catherine and Heathcliff share a bond that reaches deeper than a physical attraction. From their childhood until their deaths, their lives revolve around the other. Their preoccupation with each other does not represent the loving nature of most relationships; in fact, it often exhibits animosity and resentment. Their equally passionate and emotional personalities often clash, and lead to an obsession with getting revenge for each other’s many acts of rejection and heartlessness. One begins to wonder while reading how their…show more content…
Even though she loves Linton, she knows they do not have the same connection as she and Heathcliff share, and she has “no more business to marry Edgar Linton than [she has] to be in heaven” (Bronte 102). Yet at the same time, she feels Heathcliff is beneath her. She claims that “every Linton on the face of the earth might melt into nothing before [she] could consent to forsake Heathcliff”, yet in accepting Linton’s marriage proposal, she has already forsaken him (Bronte 103). Her own selfish desire to have Linton, yet keep Heathcliff too is only given consideration; Catherine decision making process shows her “Pathologically egotistical” nature. Her “self-obsession is…more potent than the ordinary self-centredness of the young”, and not once does she stop to reflect on how her marriage will affect Heathcliff (Thormahlen). Little did she realize how major an offense to his pride it would be. In anger, he runs away from Wuthering Heights, to change himself into someone more acceptable to Catherine, and stays away for three years. While over those years Heathcliff changed considerably in aspect, he still possessed the same “fierce, pitiless, wolfish” qualities of his youth (Bronte 131). Catherine is delighted by his reappearance, but his motives are not as pure as she initially guessed. He did not return merely to see Catherine again, but to exact revenge on her, a repayment for the heartbreak she caused him
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