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Essay on Catherine & Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

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"Nelly I am Heathcliff!" Catherine Earnshaw makes this bold announcement in Wuthering Heights (Brontë 75). Catherine is asserting identity traits that appeal to another being, that can be physically impossible for her to accomplish. Why is it that Emily Brontë creates this kind of love between Heathcliff and Catherine that they claim to be the identical thing, and what's meant by both Heathcliff and Catherine claiming to be each other? There are lots of investigations that consider this question, but the answer is located within a psychological strategy. In his post Graeme Tytler mocks people who believe that Catherine's statement is "a reflection of ideal love and states that it is rather a "part of a particular psychological pattern"(Tytler). Throughout Catherine and Heathcliff's childhoods as unloved outcasts, Brontë shows their development as adults has been hindered, creating a void in their personalities which they fill with alter egos. Both Catherine and Heathcliff grow up in environments of greed and neglect, making them build voids within their personalities. Mr. Earnshaw brings Heathcliff into Wuthering Heights, and he says "but you have to e'en take it as a gift from God, although it's as dark almost as if it came from the devil" (Brontë 34). This Heathcliff is a victim of racial profiling, which can be detrimental to development because it has the impact of degrading the self value of somebody. Heathcliff's savior describes him as a spawn of this "devil." This combined with the reaction of the other renters of Wuthering Heights makes Heathcliff an outcast. They repeatedly call him "it" and Catherine even "[sic] in the stupid little thing" because Nelly recalls (35). This unwelcoming behavior is a rejection of Heathcliff. Brontë is creat...

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