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Discuss the nature of love between Heathcliff and Catherine

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Discuss the nature of love between Catherine and Heathcliff. The love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of its kinds. It is not the romantic love we know nowadays, but deeply, and passionate. As we know that Heathcliff and Catherine love each other very much, they usually show their by sarcasm and criticizing for each other. Heathcliff and Catherine grow up as brother and sister, although Heathcliff was adopted by Mr. Earnshaw from Liverpool. They grew to be very close to each other because both of them shared the love of the moors and the freedom of being wild outside. Their love exists on a higher or spiritual plane; they are soul mates, two people who have an attraction for each other which draw them together irresistibly. ...read more.

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Time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the tress." We have to note, that the extreme closeness of their relationship is no source of happiness to both of them, as Catherine tells "a source of little visible delight, but necessary." This is frequent source of great torment to both Cathy and Heathcliff. Catherine describes Heathcliff as "my all in all". This emphasizes further the extent to which Cathy and Heathcliff depend upon each other. When Cathy marries Edgar she removes the "all" and separates her from Heathcliff. Similarly, their second separation, when Cathy dies, results in both of the characters to unrest and deep sorrow. When this happens, Cathy and Heathcliff suffer extremely, in keeping with the extreme nature of their relationship, as they have lost the greater part if themselves in losing the other. ...read more.

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As a summary Catherine and Heathcliff's relationship is a relationship divided between love and hate, the desire to posses and the desire to break free, the need to heal and the need to wound. The relationship is never carried out physically, nor is it even romantically physical (although as stated before the "brute" physical contact does have an important role to play); rather it is deeply spiritual. The extreme nature of the relationship and the emotions of both Cathy and Heathcliff are central to its impact on the reader, as are the excessive claims of the nature of their unity. On the whole, it is unfulfilled relationship - even when they are reunited in death, the relationship is somehow "unholy" and incomplete, and in that their spirits cannot rest. ?? ?? ?? ?? Wuthering Heights: Discuss the nature of love between Catherine and Heathcliff. 2 Name: Elsedeeck Subject: English "Wuthering Heights" Date due on: 02/11/2008 1 ...read more.

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