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Catherine Earnshaw's love for Heathcliff in Wuthering Height's

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"Catherine's love is sexless, as devoid of sensuality as the attraction that draws the tide to the moon, the steal to the magnet." To what extent do you agree with this comment about Catherine? Emily Ashford Emily Bronte's novel, "Wuthering Heights," perhaps leaves the reader with more questions than answers. It touches on many themes that resonate with the reader, including social class, suffering and passionate uncensored love. The deferred passion between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw is the dominant feature in the novel. At points it takes the story in unexpected directions. The symmetry of many themes which run throughout the book highlight and confirm the eternal nature of love, one is that of a final image of the peaceful and reconciled couple, Cathy Linton and Hareton Earshaw, they are a conventional couple, and very happy together, as Cathy teaches Hareton to read his eyes keep "wandering from the page to a small white hand over his shoulder, which recalled him by a smart slap on the cheek." This action is done in a jovial manner, and has the nature of a conventional relationship, unlike Heathcliff and Catherine's. ...read more.


"I am Heathcliff." "If all else perished, and he [Linton] remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he [Heathcliff] were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it." "He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being." This quote describes Catherine and Heathcliff as one person, just as sometimes we do not like ourselves Catherine does not always like Heathcliff but still needs him. Because of this deep intrinsic bond it can be argued that the pair will not have felt they needed to have a s****l relationship. Catherine acts very much like a jealous lover when Heathcliff returns and becomes the object of Isabella's affection, he also enraptures Catherine. Catherine and Nelly both warn Isabella about Heathcliff, is this so Catherine can keep him for herself? Catherine describes her childhood friend as a "fierce, pitiless, wolfish man." The marriage between Isabella and Heathcliff is very unhappy, and from this point Heathcliff makes no contact with Catherine until her death. ...read more.


Heathcliff and Catherine finally achieve union and fulfillment in death. Catherine also recognises that her heaven is not a traditional one but rather one out on the moors with Heathcliff. In the delirium she suffered before death, she longs for that freedom; "I wish I were a girl again, half savage, hardy and free" She wishes to be an girl again, this suggests her love for Heathcliff as this time, before Hindley returned and perhaps when their bond was strongest, was innocent. It's as if their souls are somehow out of time and beyond the earthly world. Their love seems to exist on a higher plane; they are soul mates, two people who have a deep regard for each other which draws them together irresistibly. Heathcliff repeatedly calls Catherine his soul. Such a love is not necessarily fortunate or happy and therefore does not necessarily mean they have has a s****l relationship. They are already "one" and do not need to have an intimate affair. Their love denies difference, and is strangely asexual. The two do not kiss in dark corners or seem to be adulterers unbeknown to Edgar. Both died with looks of peace on their faces; Catherine with a look of "perfect peace" and Heathcliff with a "life-like gaze of exultation." ...read more.

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