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Cathy's death in Wuthering Heights.

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Introduction

Henry Bain Cathy's death in Wuthering Heights In volume II Chapter 1,Cathy describes the Grange as a shattered prison, juxtaposing the delicacy of glass with the hard images of a prison, showing how Catherine had been broken by the confines of the Grange when her heart yearned for the moors. Nelly describes the body of Catherine as asserting its own tranquillity and before her death; Cathy tells Heathcliff that she 'is tired of being enclosed here.' However, we have seen in Chapter III that Catherine will indeed 'not rest' and the very peace that she craved, is discarded in her desire to be with Heathcliff again. When Heathcliff arrives at the Grange and embraces Cathy he neither speaks nor lets go of Cathy for five minutes. ...read more.

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Heathclif's hell becomes apparent before his death (when Cathy dies) and Cathy denies heaven and wanders the moors. Nothing in their relationship treads the confines of normality; heaven and hell are merely obstacles in the way of their unity. Heathcliff says that he will 'haunt the place every night and every day until he finds an opportunity of entering,' to see Cathy. Bronte uses this expression to be compared with the ghost we see in Chapter III and further impose on us the fact that their love is infinite, transcending the barriers of death. Heathcliff also tells Cathy that he wishes he could hold her 'till we were both dead,' further stressing the eternal bond of Cathy and Heathcliff. ...read more.

Conclusion

From this point on, Heathcliff is incapable of feeling compassion or mercy fro another human being that is showed in his treatment of Hareton and young Cathy. Cathy has been the only stabilising figure in Heathcliff's tenuous journey towards despair and with her death, Heathcliff discards any notion of civility and determines to exact revenge on those around him. The storm that occurs on the night of Catherine's death is a personification of the temporal break in the unification of Cathy and Heathcliff. This, along with the ghost in Chapter III, raises the love between Cathy and Heathcliff to an insurmountable and eternal plane. Their love is 'like the eternal rocks beneath,' it overcomes oppression, despair and even in death, Cathy remains, waiting for the man who is so conjunctive to her life and soul. ...read more.

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