Catherine and Heathcliff.

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Catherine and Heathcliff

The literary world has often chosen to focus on characters that intentionally harm others and create damaging situations for their own benefit. Despite popular morals, characters that display an utter disregard for the well being of others and themselves are characters that are often deemed iconic and are thoroughly scrutinized. If only the characters of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights were as one-dimensional as that. Set on the mysterious and gloomy Yorkshire moors in the nineteenth century, Wuthering Heights addresses the lonesome isolation of the two houses (Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange), by introducing Mr. Lockwood who attempts to narrate a tale he is very far removed from. Emily Bronte's in-depth novel can be considered a Gothic romance or an essay on the human relationship1. The reader may regard the novel as a serious study of human problems such as love and hate, or revenge and jealousy.

One may even consider the novel Bronte's personal interpretation of the universe. However, when all is said and done, Heathcliff and Catherine are the story.

Their powerful presence is apparent throughout the novel, as well as their complex personalities. Their climatic feelings towards each other and often selfish behavior often exaggerates or possibly encapsulates certain universal psychological truths humans are too afraid to express. Heathcliff and Catherine's stark backgrounds evolve respectively into dark personalities and mistaken life paths, but in the end, their actions determine the course of their own relationships and lives. Their misfortunes, recklessness, willpower, and destructive passion are unable to penetrate the eternal love they share.

Heathcliff's many-faceted existence is marked by wickedness, love, and strength. His dark actions are produced by the distortion of his natural personality. Although Heathcliff was once subjected to vicious racism due to his dark skin color and experienced wearisome orphan years...