Themes in Wuthering Heights

696 Words Jan 28th, 2018 3 Pages
Lacking an underlying direction, finding few things that can entertain or motivate them, they have nothing to compete with the effects of an addiction, for possession of their lives”(Goodlett 1). The events of this depressing love story, Wuthering Heights written by Emily Brontë, take place in the gloomy moors of Yorkshire, England, where Heathcliff, Catherine, Hindley, and Cathy experience a life of love, addiction, revenge, and hatred filling their endless days. Obsession, which is the primary theme, slowly sends the plot plummeting into death and despair. In Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff’s obsession with love, revenge, and status is a prominent theme that eventually causes the characters’ downfall. The theme obsession of love is evident throughout the novel. It can be seen most clearly in the relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine. “An addictive love wants to break down the boundaries of identity and merge with the lover into one identity. Lacking inner resources, love addicts look outside themselves for meaning and purpose, usually in people similar to themselves” (Melani 4). As children, Heathcliff and Catherine begin to confide in each other serving as the constant in each other’s lives. Because of their isolation, they form a codependent relationship as they struggle to fill the voids in their lives (3). Catherine states, “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks…
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