How Does Catherine Cause Violence In Wuthering Heights

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William Shakespeare once wrote “these violent delights have violent ends/and in their triumph die, like fire and powder, / which, as they kiss, consume.” Such is the case of Heathcliff and Catherine in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff and Catherine, as they grow up, fall for one another, but they encounter many obstacles along the way. Enormous cruelty, violent jealousy, and ultimately bloodthirsty vengeance prevent the two lovers from being together until death reunites them. Despite their passion for one another, Catherine and Heathcliff cause their romance’s downfall as well as the misery of all who surround them. Through countless foils, Bronte emphasizes the form of love readers should avoid as well as the damage it can cause…show more content…
Wuthering Heights is stock full of “sundry villainous old guns, and…horse-pistols,”. (Chap. 1) The unsettling, dangerous feelings evoked on the set of Wuthering Heights by the visitors and inhabitants often lead to strong scenes of violence between Heathcliff and other characters such as Isabella, Edgar Linton’s sister and Cathy, Rosal 2 Catherine’s daughter. Heathcliff’s revenge on Catherine is due to her betrayal of his affections for her when she chooses to marry Edgar to become “the greatest woman of the neighborhood.” (Chap. 9) He manipulates Isabella to marry him when he sensed her desperation to marry as well as her infatuation with him. Once they elope, Heathcliff focuses his wrath and frustration on Isabella through abuse, both physically and verbally, as he calls her “a wicked slut” and fantasizes about turning “that mawkish, waxen face…and painting on its white the colors of the rainbow, and turning the blue eyes black” to…show more content…
Hareton and Cathy start off on the wrong foot when she mistakes him for a servant of Wuthering Heights and insults his pride whereas Catherine spits on Heathcliff when he first arrived at Wuthering Heights but he ignored the action and she formed a fast friendship with him when she saw his tolerance for all her childish acts. Hareton and Cathy secretly share feelings for one another, but both are too prideful to reconcile their differences until Cathy “begs [him] to forgive [her]” and “employed herself wrapping a handsome book…and addressed it to ‘Mr. Hareton Earnshaw’” to help him with his education and desire to read. (Chap. 32) Catherine and Heathcliff never apologized to one another for all the damage they caused to each other; they just accepted all the pain and thought it was

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