"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte

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"Wuthering Heights" is a fictional novel written by Emily Bronte. Wuthering Heights is a story of Heathcliff's and Catherine's doomed love affair. Catherine's love for Heathcliff and her love for her husband cause her to recieve a brain fever and die giving birth to her daughter Catherine. Heathcliff's intense passion for Catherine Earnshaw never dies, not even 22 years after her death.

Catherine met Heathcliff when she was just a little girl. Her dad brought Heathcliff home from one of his trips to town. Catherine fell in love with Heathcliff when she was little "She was much too fond of Heathcliff. The greatest punishment we could invent for her was to keep her separate from him;" (45) says Nelly. When Catherine was bit by a dog she spent 5 weeks at the Linton's household at Thrushcross Grange and began to fall in love with Linton, but her love for Linton could never be as great as her love for Heathcliff as shown by "I've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it.

It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he 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." (82) Catherine claims that she is marrying Linton to help Heathcliff, "did it never strike you that if Heathcliff and I were married, we should be beggars? Whereas, if I marry Linton, I can aid Heathcliff to rise, and place him...