When A Woman Is In Love, She Unconsciously Loses Herself

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When a woman is in love, she unconsciously loses herself in the admits of invisibility. Her worth and identity is hidden behind the shadow of her lover. She is no longer known as her own individual, rather she takes on her partner’s possessive title. He becomes her name; her sense of existence. This has always been the norm of romantic love in patriarchal society. Man is the center of the relationship, she gives her all to him until there is no trace of her distinctness, only her partner. In Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Height, she expands on this one sided romanticized ideal of love as it pushes women to be indistinguishable from their male counterpart through the relationship of Catherine and Heathcliff. Despite her strong will, Catherine…show more content…
He is not expected to do the same but give his love. His protection and affection is all that the subordinate needs; she will do the rest. Though Bronte’s star-cross lovers have seemly bend gender roles, with Catherine exhibiting more masculine traits and Heathcliff with feminine, their relationship still epitomize Beauvoir’s views on the gender dual standard in relationships. The mysterious and untamed disposition of Heathcliff drew Catherine to him, they were very much a like and had a strong connection from childhood. As this love grew it became a part very much of them. However, despite their similar personalities, they were not equals. She modifies herself for love. Catherine went against her independent character and rejected herself to be one with Heathcliff. While, he remains the same. Heathcliff never truly sees Catherine as his equal, he persists on being the superior. Though he has called her his existence on numerous occasions, Heathcliff never refers to himself as Catherine. His love stems from his obsession to possess her and her adoration. Like, the slave owner, he is the master who needs his slave to perpetuate his superiority, she is a conquest to be collected. Ergo, as Heathcliff was losing Catherine to the clutches of death, he exclaims that would never forget her because she is his existence (Bronte 124). A master
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