William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth ' And ' Wuthering Heights '

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Andrew Sloop Mrs. Weaver English 4 May 29, 2017 Destructive Love In Macbeth and Wuthering Heights The theme of destructive love within relationships in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights are presented through sexism, jealousy, and betrayal. How do women gain control in a relationship? Can men regain control in a relationship? What makes a good relationship? What makes a bad relationship? Can people be over ambitious? These questions are vital to understanding the complex relationships in these stories. Women gain control in a relationship in several ways. Some relationships don’t struggle for power, and sometimes a participant simply gives the woman power freely. However, other times, the woman abuses her partner…show more content…
In Macbeth, Macbeth becomes king. When this happens, Lady Macbeth becomes docile, where before she was fiery, ruthless, and the driving force in the relationship. Macbeth then became dominant over Lady Macbeth, gaining control in the relationship. Thus, in this example, control was regained. In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff eventually came to own Wuthering Heights, and appropriated Thrushcross Grange. When this happened, he was angry with Catherine, because he did not know her plan. He isolated her from the rest of the household. He became more powerful. Thus, he regained control in the relationship. What makes a good relationship? This question has plagued the romantically inclined for perhaps all of time. Dr. Sarkis of Psychology Today seems to think that common goals and values are key, stating “Couples with very different interests can have healthy relationships - what counts is that they share common goals and values.” (psychologytoday.com.) In this sense, the relationship in Macbeth is considered a “good” relationship. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth do, after all, share a common goal: They both want Macbeth to be king. However, they are not the only ones who share a common goal or value. Heathcliff and Catherine’s love is “an attempt to break the boundaries of self and to fuse with another to transcend the inherent separateness of the human condition; fusion with another will by uniting two incomplete individuals
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