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Why is Catherine attracted to Heathcliff in chapters 4,5,6&7?

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Why is Catherine attracted to Heathcliff in chapters 4,5,6&7? It is generally hard to understand why Catherine was so attracted to Heathcliff and grew to love him as the story progressed. Why Heathcliff was attracted to Catherine is a much easier analysis as she was extremely pretty, described as the "lightest foot in the parish", and was wealthy and from a good family. Of course, Heathcliff's affection for her was much deeper than that. After all, Isabella Linton was all these things and yet he never loved her. But for Catherine it is much harder to see why her affection, let alone attraction, for Heathcliff started. To understand Catherine's attraction to Heathcliff almost immediately after the boy was introduced into the family, we first have to understand how Catherine would amuse herself before Heathcliff's arrival. We can imagine she must have been quite lonely as Hindley, her brother, was considerably older than her and probably not very willing to endure her childish games. Even Nelly, the daughter of her nurse, was more Hindley's playmate than Catherine's, as they were closer in age. ...read more.

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She "flew to embrace him; she bestowed seven or eight kisses on his cheek". When their father died, "The little souls were comforting each other". They were always together, and this constant presence of Heathcliff in Catherine's life must have influenced her affection for him, as more than a playmate: "She was much too fond of him". Catherine's biggest joy was spending her day with Heathcliff running wild in the moors. "They both promised fair to grow up as rude as savages". The young girl was always the most miserable when Heathcliff was not with her, and the worst punishment for her, was "to keep her separate from him". They were moreover united in a single aim, to cause mischief and do as they please "the minute they had contrived some naughty plan of revenge". Cathy relished the fact that she had someone just as insolent and dark-minded as she was. Yet they never argued between themselves: "When would you catch me wishing to have what Catherine wanted?" ...read more.

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For example, when Heathcliff throws hot apple sauce over Edgar after an insulting remark from the latter, Catherine is not sure whom she should defend: "Cathy stood by, confounded, blushing for all". Although she does reprimand Edgar for causing Heathcliff to get a beating, "Why did you speak to him, Edgar?", she genuinely does care for Heathcliff, but we are not sure if by then it is a friendly affection or a deeper feeling: " she... hastily dived under the cloth to conceal her emotion". To sum up, Catherine and Heathcliff become childhood friends and are drawn closer by their loneliness but also their passion for causing mischief. Both characters have wild dispositions and become selfish and arrogant from having been forgotten and not brought up well. When they become more sexually mature both adolescents start to develop a deeper attraction for one another. Because of all these circumstances Catherine gets very close to Heathcliff and starts to evince more than just friendship even from a young age. Catherine and Heathcliff become bonded so close by their mutual personalities through childhood that it seems normal for Catherine not merely to be attracted to him, but to love him. ...read more.

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