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Wuthering Heights

In Emily Bronte’s captivating novel Wuthering Heights there are several very important themes that come together to provide an overall theme of unrequited love. These themes are that true love is pure and seemingly unattainable, love is everlasting and profound, and that history repeats itself. The beginning of the novel lays the foundation for all of the themes that are to follow. Catherine and Heathcliff are almost immediately attached to one another. This friendship blossoms and when everyone else seems to despise Heathcliff, Catherine alone stays with him. Even at this early age one can see Heathcliff’s hateful nature starting to show itself. Catherine is the only person or thing that he truly cares about and loves. Because his sole focal point of love is directed entirely on Catherine this love becomes so pure that it is almost primitive in form. It is a wild, unruly, unshakeable love. The one thing that Heathcliff desires in life is to be with Catherine and to be Catherine. This is also her desire although it is unspoken. When she decides to marry Edgar Linton though, Heathcliff is dumbfounded and deeply hurt. He doesn’t realize that Catherine regards him as herself and therefore could never marry him and he fails to understand how deeply Catherine loves him as she says, "If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it...Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being." In the novel there are three main loves that never end. Catherine’s love for Heathcliff is the first one. As she stated earlier even if she dies as long as Heathcliff exists so does she. Yet she also loves Edgar. Her main reason for this seems to be that he is completely opposite of her. As she sta...

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