Wuthering Heights-Love is what drives Heathcliff to insanity

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Wuthering Heights, a gothic romance by Emily Bronte, tells the gruesome story of

a Byronic hero trying to win his true love over. Heathcliff's love for Catherine Earnshaw

comes from the bottom of his heart since his very introduction to her as a child, but social

standards will not allow their romance to flourish. This separation causes loves'

unbearable force to drive Heathcliff insane. This becomes evident through his purpose

for his revenge, his obsession with Catherine and his relationship in his son's life.

Society tears Heathcliff apart from his true love forcing him to direct his

revenge on this society, the cause of his undying pain. After the death of Mr. Earnshaw,

Hindley's irrelevant and uncaring treatment of Heathcliff, causes Heathcliff to feel spiteful

and hateful. Hindley's cruelty towards Heathcliff in more ways than one causes Catherine

to hide her true love and inner feelings and follow society's wishes to marry

Edgar Linton. For Heathcliff to find his happiness and life everafter with his true love,

he plots to get revenge on the two men who separate him from his loved one. After

Hareton was born, Frances, Hindley's wife, passed away. This event in spite of the birth

of a new son, leads him to drinking and gambling. With his family in shambles,

Hindley as if willed by Heathcliff, succumbs to the scheming plot that Heathcliff so well

designs. Encouraging Hindley to gamble and drink, Heathcliff's wishes begin to take hold

as Hindley must give up Wuthering Heights due to gambling and Heatchcliff takes it away.

Hindley passes, "true to his character: drunk as a lord" (160). In the methodical way only

known by a man incensed with an unfulfilled love, Heathcliff moves on to take revenge on

the man most responsible for his unhappiness,Edgar Linton. After becoming...