Compare and contrast the two Catherine's in the novel.

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In the novel "Wuthering Heights", the major female character, Catherine had given birth to young Catherine. Their character traits are alike. There are contrasts between them, too. Nelly once said that, "Cathy was the most winning thing that ever brought sunshine into a desolate house - a real beauty in face - with the Earnshaw's handsome dark eyes." But Heathcliff said that, "Those two, who have left the room, are the only objects which retain a distinct material appearance to me; and that appearance cause me pin, amounting to agony. About her, I won't speak; and I don't desire to think; but I earnestly wish she were invisible - her presence invokes only maddenly sensation" In addition to their physical similarities, they also shared character traits. They were both loving, wild and not think carefully before doing things.

Catherine and young Catherine were loving. Loving means love their man, who they loved deeply.

For Catherine, she loved Heathcliff deeply. She would like to sacrifice herself marrying Edgar Linton for helping Heathcliff. She said to Nelly, "Heathcliff shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly. But because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire. If Heathcliff and I married, we should be beggars? Whereas, if I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him out of my brother's power." Catherine was so love Heathcliff that she would sacrifice herself marrying a man that she didn't love for aiding Heathcliff. Her love to Heathcliff were deep. For young Catherine, she loved young Linton deeply at the beginning. They loved each other. They sent letter every day. She took...