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Wuthering Heights has been described as the greatest love story ever written. Discuss.

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Wuthering Heights has been described as the greatest love story ever written. Discuss. Kirsty Hornby 12D Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights is seen by many as one of the greatest love stories of all time. A conventional love story usually includes two central, balanced characters who love each other equally. Although on first glance, Wuthering Heights may not seen like a conventional love story, it actually does feature some of the major themes of a love story, but simply demonstrates them on a more sinister level, with a mixture of violence, gothic fantasy and horror. Bronte explores different aspects of love through a range of methods, and from numerous perspectives, including religious, maternal, romantic and transcendent. In central relationship, between Catherine and Heathcliff, Bronte fuses the themes of idealized romance and gothic horror together. When Heathcliff first arrives at Wuthering Heights he is dirty, ragged and homeless, a portrayal which makes him an unlikely Byronic hero within the novel. ...read more.

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However, the love between Catherine and Heathcliff continues even after their marriages and deaths. Their love is portrayed as one endures forever - it is everlasting. This passion is obviously one of the most compelling and memorable aspects of the entire novel, as it seems powerful and boundless. The relationship between Catherine and Edgar is contrasting - it is very artificial, there is no passion. Catherine clearly loves Edgar for his possesions and lifestyle rather than him as a person - "I love the ground under his feet, and the air over his head, and everything he touches." Nelly also points out Catherine's materialistic view of marriage, suggesting that she only loves Edgar because he is rich. Edgar seems invisible to Cathy - she is attempting to split herself in two by forcing herself into a world that is not her. The love between Edgar and Cathy is extremely unbalanced, again going against conventions of a love story. ...read more.

Conclusion

Whether or not Wuthering Heights is the greatest love story of all time is down to personal opinion. Many people strongly believe that Brontes exploration of love from many different angles, shows the novel as not just a simple love story, but one about love, hate, rejection, jealously, and the majority of complex emotions we can experience. The entire novel revolves around the barbaric impulses of the characters - some may find this difficult to link with love as they only interpret love in a conventional way, whilst other people may see this as a realistic interpretation of society - we can not go through life with an idealistic view on things. Although the love in Wuthering Heights seemed unconventional in many ways, and is explored through the profoundest acts of violence, there is not doubting the level of sheer passion that is portrayed throughout the novel. If the reader is able to see past stereotypes and conventions, then the novel's attraction as a love story will not be at all difficult to understand.. ...read more.

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