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Throughout Wuthering Heights Emily Brontes poignant and bittersweet saga of excessive passion we see the recurring juxtaposition of love and obsession and the damage that results from that lethal combination We watch as the doomed lovers Heathcliff and Catherine seek vengeance against one another and in doing so curse the lives of those to come Heathcliff a brooding and tormented character from our earliest glimpses of him in this novel targets Catherine as the center of his universe from the time of their childhood Catherines wild nature and free spirit mesmerized him and grant him some release from his wretched existence at the Heights As they mature their feelings for each other deepen into something primal an almost living thing that eventually consumes them both One of the first times that we see Heathcliffs true obsessive nature is when he reveals to Cathy the calendar he has been keeping On it he has marks every one of Catherines days and whether or not she has spent it with him This shows the reader the extent to which Heathcliff will go in pursuit of Cathy Cathys startled reaction to this is an indication of the hesitence on her part to succumb to her own almost overpowering feelings for Heathcliff It is almost as though she is beginning to recognize the power and depths of their emotions and the danger of becoming hopelessly emmeshed and lost in its tanglesHeathcliffs already unnatural yearnings for Cathy become even darker and more potent after his mysterious two year absence When Heathcliff returns transformed into a wealthy landowner his love for Cathy takes a peculiar twist He is distressed by Cathys marriage to the innocuous Edgar Linton of Thrushcross Grange In Heathcliffs malicious hunt for revenge against both Cathy and Edgar he plots to marry Edgars younger sister Isabella with malevolent intent Unable to find satisfaction in a reasonable way with Cathy Heathcliffs tormented personality finds vent or release in
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