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In chapter nine, compare Catherine's love for Heathcliff and her love for Edgar.

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In chapter nine, compare Catherine's love for Heathcliff and her love for Edgar In chapter nine, we are introduced to the issues surrounding different ideas of love through Catherine's dilemma. The author uses a variety of imagery and ideas to separate superficial love from true love. We are shown that her love for Edgar, a gentleman residing in the estate of Thrushcross Grange, is indeed superficial. Catherine tells Nelly that she has just accepted Edgar's proposal, yet she does not seem satisfied with her choice: "I accepted him, Nelly; be quick, and say whether I was wrong!" Say whether I should have done so - do!" This immediately implies that she is not confident of her own judgement - she seeks assurance and comfort that her choice was the correct one by pleading to Nelly, her servant. This is extremely odd, as the majority of people would not commit themselves to lifetime relationships without being sure that it is the right choice to do so. We are shown that the reason behind her doubt is that her "love" for Edgar is plainly superficial. ...read more.


The conclusion of "there now!" gives the impression that she is only saying these declarations to convince Nelly of her love, of which she herself is unsure - she almost says it in a proud manner. The idea of superficial love is explored throughout this scene, as Catherine only wishes to marry Edgar as he is "handsome, young and cheerful". As mentioned before, she wants to have a "proper" husband, and does not wish to become a "beggar". She dresses up when she expects Edgar, whereas she does not for Heathcliff, who we will soon find to be her true, eternal love. She even admits that her love for Edgar will not last: "My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees." This shows that her love is, indeed, superficial - it is only appealing on the outside, and once the pretence has worn off, it will not be the same at all. These points combined, we can see that Catherine's love for Edgar is purely superficial, and this fact is known to Catherine, as we can see by her doubts. ...read more.


Furthermore, we are introduced to a dream of Catherine's, in which she goes to heaven. This image is normally associated with happiness and tranquillity, yet she says that she hated it, and "broke her heart" crying. She was only comforted when she was returned to Wuthering Heights, which shows that she prefers the stormy, dark abode to the typically light and happy idea of heaven. This shows that her choice to marry Edgar was a complete contradiction to what her inner-self was trying to convey to her through her dream - she is happier with what she knows and is part of, not what is thought to be good. This chapter strongly questions marriage - firstly the reasoning behind it, but also its necessity at all: she marries Edgar although she loves Heathcliff more, yet, as long as he is still in her life, she can exist. This shows that she does not need to be married to Heathcliff to love him, as long as he remains in her life. In conclusion, we can see that her love for Edgar is superficial, and her passionate love for Heathcliff is so deep that it does not need the bond of marriage to secure it. ...read more.

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