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Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

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Describe Catherine's views on Heathcliff and Isabella's relationship in Wuthering Heights.

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Catherine and Heathcliff had often made fun of the Lintons when they were younger. This is what they are doing when Catherine is bitten by their dog and must stay and recuperate at Thrushcross Grange. At this time, she meets Edgar Linton and he falls in love with her. They eventually marry. Heathcliff returns and finds Catherine married to Edgar. Edgar's sister Isabella becomes infatuated with Heathcliff because he is grown up, handsome and rich. Heathcliff plans to take advantage of this, marry Isabella, get her inheritance and also get back at Catherine. Catherine tells Heathcliff that he could not possibly marry a Linton, which is strange because she has done the same thing. Catherine knows that Heathcliff does not really love Isabella. Plus, she wants Heathcliff for herself, even though she is married to Edgar. She has also become fond of Isabella who is now her sister-in-law and she knows that Isabella is a flighty woman with not much sense, so she does not approve of the marriage for Isabella or Heathcliff. It is partly from selfishness and partly from concern for Isabella that Catherine does not approve of their marriage.

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Describe how Catherine felt about Heathcliff and her relationship with him.

Catherine loves Heathcliff, but their extreme class and social differences drive a wedge between them, in her mind. She soothes her conscience by telling herself that if she marries Edgar, who she does not love, she can help Heathcliff financially. However, not long after, Heathcliff makes a complete change, physically, at least. He is well dressed and his manners pleasant, and the two are overjoyed to see one another. However, something is not quite right and Catherine senses it.

Here is an excerpt from the character analysis page here at eNotes. You can find out more about Catherine, Heathcliff, Edgar, and others by clicking the link below:

"Although Heathcliff has the looks and manners of a gentleman, the revenge he plans is diabolical, and though she loves him, Cathy is not fooled. "He's a fierce, pitiless, wolfish man.… and he'd crush you, like a sparrow's egg," she tells an infatuated Isabella. When Cathy and Heathcliff meet for the last time, she tells him, "You and Edgar have broken my heart, Heathcliff! … I shall not be at peace." She dies two hours after midnight, having given birth to a "puny, seven months' child."

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