The Concept of Love in Wuthering Heights

In the novel, “Wuthering Heights,” love exceeds the mortal part of us and the desire of revenge which have consequences over the next generation. The main characters, Catherine and Heathcliff, are the center of the novel due to their love for each other; a love which is wild, passionate, childish, and for their personalities, we could say that is a though love who resists through time and death. Even though they choose to marry someone else, they talk about their love not by means of words, but by means of actions. This kind of love goes beyond this world, having its place on a spiritual plane and outside Earth.

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. [ch.9, p. 80] Catherine declares her love for Heathcliff and, at the same time, she rejects him. She confesses that Heathcliff and her are the same person and when it comes to Heathcliff, she is not interested in his looksas she is interested in their connection, but, inspite that, she sees him beneath her, compared with her having married Linton. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it.-My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being. [ch. 9, p. 81]

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