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Theme of the divided self within Emily Brontes Wuthering Heights and Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Thematically the divided self is one of the most interesting themes within both novels and is of great importance to the development or ruin of the characters in both Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein Both authors when primarily exploring this theme focus upon the physical mental or spiritual division within certain characters In Emily Brontes novel Wuthering Heights the principal characters Cathy and Heathcliff are presented as needing this division within themselves to recognise their need for each other This endurance of physical mental and spiritual division whilst alive allows them only tragically to experience when in death complete entity within themselves Primarily Cathy is not depicted as divided instead she is presented as belonging to a family unit which seems to stay intact until the arrival of a gypsy brat Although Heathcliff creates a divide within the family due to his arrival Cathy is seen to gain a friend with whom she feels she has an affinity both physically spiritually and mentally which will become increasingly evident as the novel progresses However this alliance throughout the novel is frequently thrown into turmoil by outside influences or factors As we are informed from the onset the greatest punishment that could be bestowed upon Cathy was separation from Heathcliff Cathy and Heathcliffs separation only therefore ensues as a result of their initial outing to Thrushcross Grange Their promise to grow up together as rude as savages is destroyed when Cathy and Heathcliff are separated physically by many factors resulting from this visitation Just as the Lintons dog holds Cathy so too is the Lintons house symbolically presented as separating her from Heathcliff when Heathcliff resorts to peering in through their great glass panes to see Cathy after being physically dragged out of Thrushcross Grange Cathy is also depicted as physically separated from Heathcliff even when she returns to Wuthering Heights Instead of a
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