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Discuss Bronte's Presentation of Love in the Classic Novel Wuthering Heights

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Discuss Bronte's Presentation of Love in the Classic Novel Wuthering Heights Eros. The God of Love. Always painted as winged youth, slight but beautiful, often with eyes covered to symbolize the blindness of love. The saying love is blind sums up the unconventional relationship of Heathcliff and Catherine which provides the foundation for the gothic love story Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte used her surroundings as the scenery for the novel, as she along with the characters in the novel live on the spooky and beautiful moors of Yorkshire. She denied the conventions of her time by writing a novel indulging in the less Godly side of life, e.g. Abuse, incest, death, the supernatural, and passion. She entwines these subjects, (shunned by other writers in her era), and many more to produce one of the greatest novels of all time. Her novel revolves around love. Many different types are represented in Wuthering Heights, making this novel applicable to a wide audience. But why does Bronte do this? Does each relationship have some significance in their diversity? ...read more.

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Yet against the odds Catherine and Heathcliff became friends, 'Miss Cathy and he were now very thick...' and slowly their friendship progressed they became like soul mates rather than lovers The novel is swamped with evidence of this 'She was much too fond of Heathcliff. The greatest punishment he could invent for her was to keep her separate from him.' 'I am Heathcliff - he's always, always on my mind - not as a pleasure, any more than I am always, a pleasure to myself - but as my own being...' 'Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.' However in some ways this is contradictory as when she gets back from her spell at the Linton's residence, Thrushcross Grange she is a new person. She assumes a new position in the Wuthering Heights. She is a much changed woman. '... a wild, hatless little savage jumping into the house, and rushing to squeeze us all breathless...' ...read more.

Conclusion

Heathcliff and Catherine are deeply involved further than material or sexual level. Their relationship is spiritual. This is demonstrated when Cathy dies and when Nelly comes to tell him on the moors he says, 'She's dead!' he said 'I've not waited for you to learn that.' This shows that their relationship is somehow very connected. It is as if a part of him died when Catherine did. This proves that their love for each other is beyond human measures. After Cathy's death Heathcliff shrinks away into nothingness. Heathcliff needs Catherine it is as if he cannot live without her justifying when Catherine says, 'I am Heathcliff' He needs her so much that he says; 'You said I killed you then haunt me' He is begging her to haunt him he is numb with pain of the loss of his dear Catherine. From then on his ultimate goal is to be reunited with his soul mate. He will not rest without her, throughout the book he slowly deteriorates. He could be compared to the living dead as it is a punishment to be alive for him because his life separates the two lovers. ...read more.

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