Wuthering Heights Love And Betrayal

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Love and Betrayal Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is considered to be one of the greatest novels written in the English language. Due to Heathcliff and Catherine's love relationship, Wuthering Heights is considered a romantic novel. Their powerful presence permeates 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 about humans. The role of love and betrayal in Wuthering Heights effects Heathcliff and Catherine's relationship by eventually leading to their demise.

Throughout Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff's personality can be defined as dark, menacing, and brooding. He is a dangerous character, with rapidly changing moods, capable of hatred, and incapable, it seems, of any kind of forgiveness or compromise.

Heathcliff's life is marked by wickedness, love, and strength. His dark actions are produced by the distortion of his natural personality. The depiction of him at Wuthering Heights is described as a "dirty, ragged, black-haired child" (45).

Already he was exposed to hardship and uncomplainingly accepted suffering. He displays his strength and steadfastness when Hindley treats him cruelly. Not only does he show his strength through Hindley, but also by following his personal goal of a life with Catherine. From the very beginning he showed great courage, resoluteness, and love. Few have the capability to be victimized and find secret delight in his persecutor sinking into a life of intemperance which will undoubtedly cause his own death.

Heathcliff's hatred erupts when Catherine marries Edgar. She betrays him and now he wants revenge on Edgar and Hindley. His wickedness is entirely inappropriate and unusual. Without a question he is brutal and the universal darkness in Heathcliff must not be excused. The vicious manner in which he helps to destroy Hindley, kidnaps Cathy and Nelly, and brutalizes...