Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Discuss revenge in Wuthering Heights. In what ways is it connected to love? What is the nature of love in the novel?

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Revenge is directly tied to love in this novel. Heathcliff seeks revenge on the two families he holds responsible for keeping Cathy apart from him, the Earnshaws and the Lintons.

The main love story depicted in the novel is between Cathy and Heathcliff. The two grow up together and bond very tightly in a highly dysfunctional household marred by physical and emotional abuse, neglect, anger, death, and alcoholism. They only have each other to depend on for love, kindness, and support. They often run away together to the nearby moors to escape a toxic environment. As they grow up, they develop a...

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The nature of love in Wuthering Heights is a disappointing one. Heathcliff's obsession with his love to Catherine drives him insane where it started just to get back at Edgar for taking Catherine away from him but it becomes so much more than that. Remember that the only reason Heathcliff married Isabella was to get revenge on Edgar. Isabella writes in a letter to Nelly how Heathcliff blamed her for the death of Catherine and treats her wrongly. Heathcliff's thirst for revenge last so long that he ends up forcing little Cathy into marrying his son which ends badly. In the end Heathcliff realizes that revenge was so tasteless and confess to nelly how he no longer seeks it. You can really tell that Heathcliff is starting to wind down when he looks at little Cathy and see her mother in her face and he is reminded of the he had for her mother.

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christian259 | Student

Catherine and heathcliff have an everlasting passionate relationship with one another and they play behind eachothers backs for revenge

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