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When Wuthering Heights was published it was blasted its contemporaries as obscene They railed that Catherine and Heathcliff were the most immoral and in general worst people they had ever had the misfortune of reading about Although Wuthering Heights has taken its rightful place as masterwork of 19th century literature and Emily Bront has receive credit for her work it is still possible to see where the early attacks are based Heathcliff especially behaves in a very obtuse manner The basis for this behavior is Heathcliffs bizarre lovehate relationship with Catherine His frustrated desire to be with her causes him deep personal pain which he transfers to other characters in a sadistic attempt to force them to feel that pain as wellHeathcliff and Catherines relationship is neither stable nor in any way normal Instead it is full of violent emotions which are either soaring high or dashingly low with very little between the two Catherine declares that she and Heathcliff Whatever souls are made of his and mine are the same73 Heathcliff desires nothing more than to be with Catherine but their relationship is undermined by the revelation that Catherine feels that it would degrade me to marry Heathcliff 73 Heathcliff was unsuitable to Catherine because he is poor with no family However Edgar Linton has both and for those shallow reasons Catherine marries Edgar betraying Heathcliffs feelings for her and her own feeling as well Catherine had hoped to marry Edgar but also to keep on loving Heathcliff as well to have her cake and eat it too The violence hatred love and passion of Catherine and Heathcliffs relationship is encapsulated in their conversation on Catherines deathbedHe Heathcliff could hardly bear for downright agony to look into her face She was fated sure to dieOh Cathy Oh my life How can I bear itHeathcliff speakingCatherine speakingI shall not pity you not I You have killed memay years do you
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