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Wuthering Heights Love Quotes

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will look at some quotes from the story that are examples of different types of love the various characters experience in 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë.

Love Story

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë is a love story that proves not all love is created equal. In the case of Heathcliff and Catherine, they are kindred spirits destined to be together. When Catherine fights against her destiny, it is destructive. Other characters view love as painful as they fall into obsessive or unrequited love. The sweetest type of love that is seen in the novel is the selfless familial love that exists between Cathy and her father. Let's learn more about the different types of love that are exemplified in this novel.

Soulmates

When Catherine explains why she has accepted Edgar Linton's marriage proposal when she knows that Heathcliff, the protagonist, is her soulmate, she says, 'It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall never know how I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, Nelly, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same; and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire.'

Unfortunately, Heathcliff overhears these words and disappears after hearing the words 'degrade me to marry Heathcliff.' As a result of Catherine's denying her true feelings to do the right thing from the world's standard, many lives are destroyed.

Obsession

When Heathcliff learns of his beloved Catherine's death, he is devastated. Unable to imagine his life without her, Heathcliff cries out, 'Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you - haunt me, then! The murdered DO haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts HAVE wandered on earth. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only DO not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I CANNOT live without my life! I CANNOT live without my soul!'

In this passage, Heathcliff demonstrates how his feelings for Catherine have crossed the line from love to obsession. Rather than thinking of her eternal happiness, he is obsessed with himself, not wanting to allow her to rest in peace if it means he has to be alone.

Unrequited Love

Isabella, Heathcliff's eventual wife, harbors unrequited love for Heathcliff, which is heartbreaking. She risks her home and family to be with him, but Heathcliff uses her to get revenge against Edgar for marrying Catherine. After enduring Heathcliff's abuse for as long as she can take it, Isabella runs away, but not before telling Nelly, 'I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death, and flung it back to me. People feel with their hearts, Ellen: and since he has destroyed mine, I have not power to feel for him: and I would not, though he groaned from this to his dying day, and wept tears of blood for Catherine!'

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