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Who or what was to blame for the separation of catherine and heathcliff

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Who or what was to blame for the separation of Catherine and Heathcliff? "So don't talk of our separation again: it is impracticable;" Wuthering Heights is a romantic tragedy, written by Emily Bronte and published in 1847 under the pseudonym of 'Ellis Bell' to evade contemporary prejudice against female writers. The novel talks about love and revenge, fate and consequences. Bronte's own life is reflected through her characters and settings. The story is set in the Yorkshire moors, where Bronte lived and her brother's life is reflected in Hindley Earnshaw as both of them were alcoholics. In Wuthering Heights, the two main characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, bound by an impossible love, are separated repeatedly but their passionate and intense love is never ending. When two hearts are so emotionally attached to each other, only the most tormenting events can separate them. Catherine and Heathcliff were like 'two halves in a single soul, sundered forever and struggling to unite'. As the quote in the beginning shows, they were drawn together and in spite of any circumstances, the rope of love that bound them so tightly together could never be broken. They were physically separated many times, but their feelings towards each other never changed and could never change. ...read more.

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She was now the "queen of the countryside" whereas Heathcliff was still working as a labourer, deteriorating mentally and physically which shows us the contrast in social class between the two: "there lighted from a handsome black pony a dignified person, with brown ringlets falling from the cover of a feathered beaver, and a long cloth habit, which she was obliged to hold up with both hands that she might sail in" This was the first physical separation of Catherine and Heathcliff and it shows us the great influence the Linton's had on her. She makes fun of Heathcliff's looks and tells him "you are so dirty!" This comes as quite a surprise since before, his appearance was not of importance to Catherine and his ruggedness was a part of his detached and captivating appeal. Maybe Catherine desired a more civilised lifestyle now. She had certainly enjoyed the more refined forms of amusements the Linton's had engaged in. Her new attachment to Edgar Linton had caused her uncertainty and confusion. His presence weakened the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff. It is ironic that before, Catherine and Heathcliff both laughed at the spoilt lifestyle of the Linton's, but after experiencing it for a while, Catherine herself began to yearn for it. ...read more.

Conclusion

For three years, Heathcliff is absent and silent, and nobody knows what has become of him. When he returns, he is a 'rich gentleman' which is ironic as he used to look down on rich people. Edgar and Catherine are married. After a while, Catherine has a brain fever. Heathcliff comes to visit her and here they have their last meeting. "Because misery and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will did it..." From this quote, we can see that Heathcliff blamed Catherine for their separation because their love was so great that nothing could have parted them. Even though Catherine and Heathcliff never got to be together, they always loved each other till the end. If social class didn't affect their relationship at the start, it shouldn't have later on. Their love was strong enough to overtake any obstacles, and nobody could have truly separated them except themselves, which is why Catherine was mainly to blame. I think that Catherine's choice of luxury over love led to their separation, but I don't think she would have chosen luxury if she knew the consequences of her actions. When Catherine was a child, she was punished by being separated from Heathcliff. However, in my opinion when she grew up it was her decisions that caused the ultimate separation between them. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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