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Literary Criticism of Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights has proven to be much more than just a silly love story about characters who in the end objectify no real thought or emotion from the reader It appears to be better accepted as a window into the human soul where one sees the loss suffering self discovery and triumph of the characters in this novel Both the Image of the Book by Robert McKibben and Control of Sympathy in Wuthering Heights by John Hagan strive to prove that neither Catherine nor Heathcliff are to blame for their wrong doings Catherine and Heathcliffs passionate nature intolerable frustration and overwhelming loss have ruined them and thus stripped them of their humanities McKibben and Hagan take different approaches to Wuthering Heights but both approaches work together to form one unified concept McKibben speaks of Wuthering Heights as a whole while Hagan concentrates on only sympathies role in the novel McKibben and Hagan both touch on the topic of Catherine and Heathcliffs passionate nature To this McKibben recalls the scene in the book when Catherine is in the throes of her self-induced illness p38 When asking for her husband she is told by Nelly Dean that Edgar is among his books and she cries What in the name of all that feels has he to do with books when I am dying McKibben shows that while Catherine is making a scene and crying Edgar is in the library handling Catherines death in the only way he knows how in a mild mannered approach He lacks the passionate ways in which Catherine and Heathcliff handle ordeals During this scene Catherines mind strays back to childhood and she comes to realize that the Lintons are alien to her and exemplify a completely foreign mode of perception p38 Catherine discovers that she would never belong in Edgars society On her journey of self-discovery she realized that she attempted the impossible which was to
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