Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Why does Heathcliff elope with Isabella in the novel Wuthering Heightsby Emily Brontë? What does Isabella discover about his nature and true intentions? Please focus on material covered in chapters...

Why does Heathcliff elope with Isabella in the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë? What does Isabella discover about his nature and true intentions? Please focus on material covered in chapters 13-15, including one or more quotations.

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Although Isabella casts Heathcliff as a romantic, Byronic hero whose hard exterior masks a tender heart that loves her, Heathcliff marries her to get revenge on the Lintons. He especially wants revenge on Edgar Linton for despising him and for marrying Catherine. He does not consider him a worthy husband for her and resents deeply his attempts to keep Catherine apart from him. He also despises Isabella as a weakling.

Isabella discovers that Heathcliff is not what she thought almost as soon as they elope. As she writes to Ellen:

The second question I have great interest in; it is this—Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? And if not, is he a devil? I sha’n’t tell my reasons for making this inquiry; but I beseech you to explain, if you can, what I have married . . .

By time she writes, Isabella has realized that Heathcliff hates her and will continue to treat her cruelly. She writes:

I do hate him—I am wretched—I have been a fool!

When Ellen goes to visit them at Wuthering...

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