"Wuthering Heights" by Heathcliff and Catherine.

Essay by daveplotHigh School, 12th grade October 2003

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Despite popular morals, characters who display a complete disregard for the natural order of human life are characters that are often deemed iconic and are thoroughly scrutinized. Set on the mysterious and gloomy Yorkshire moors in the nineteenth century, Wuthering Heights gives the false impression of lonesome isolation as a stranger, Mr. Lockwood, 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 relationship. The reader may regard the novel as a serious study of human problems such as love and hate, or retribution and resentment. Heathcliff and Catherine's dominant presence permeates throughout the novel, as well as their intricate personalities. Their climatic feelings towards each other and often egotistic behavior often exaggerates or possibly encapsulates certain universal psychological truths humans are too afraid to state. Heathcliff and Catherine's bleak backgrounds evolve respectively into shady personalities and mistaken life paths, but in the end their actions determine the course of their own relationships and lives.

Their misfortunes, recklessness, determination, and destructive passion are unable to infiltrate the never-ending love they share.

Heathcliff's many-faceted existence is marked by evilness, worship, and strength. His dark actions are produced by the distortion of his natural personality. Although Heathcliff was once subjected to vicious discrimination due to his dark skin color and experienced wearisome orphan years in Liverpool, this distortion had already begun when Mr. Earnshaw brought him into Wuthering Heights, a "dirty, ragged, black-haired child (p45)." Already he was accustomed to hardship and uncomplainingly accepted suffering. Heathcliff displays his strength and persistence when he had the measles, and when Hindley treated him cruelly if he got what he wanted. From the very beginning he showed great courage, determination, and love. Few have the audacity to...