Wuthering Heights - Hareton and Cathy vs Heathcliff and Catherine Showing of 35
If Cathy's relationship with Hareton seems, then, intended in no small .. 7 () , ; G. D. Klingopoulos, 'The Novel as Dramatic Poem (II). Contrast that with the relationship between Hareton and Cathy. Quotes. 'The child Hareton fell wholly into my hands. Mr. Earnshaw, provided he saw him. Cathy and Hareton have fallen in love at the end of Wuthering Heights. Their relationship mirrors almost identically the love Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.
The development of their characters and their relationship is one of the most interesting aspects of the novel. It starts out with disapproval on both sides, but ends with true love.
Especially the influence that Cathy gains over Hareton is remarkably shown in the course of the novel. In this paper I will introduce Hareton and Cathy and explain how their upbringing determined their behaviour.
When he takes care of him, he decides to take revenge at Hindley through his degrading. Hindley had already mortgaged all his land to Heathcliff, so after his death, Hareton was the owner of the Heights, but already with a lot of debt The Hareton met by Lockwood in the opening chapters is gruff and uncommunicative and he is easily angered or disturbed by Lockwood's misunderstanding of the household relationships.
Instead of growing to hate the man who degrades and deprives him, he loves him, defends him, and laments his death. Hareton understands Heathcliff, because his own experience has allowed him to view the world from Heathcliff's position. Hareton in the end shows the power of love and kindness and defeats hate and vengeance.
Heathcliff teaches him to swear, does not educate him properly and treats him like a servant. Still Hareton likes himprobably because Heathcliff does not hurt him like Hindley did. Hareton is brought up like a servant, so therefore he is used to being dominated by his first master Heathcliff. He only accepts Cathy as his second master, because he loves her. When Hareton loves someone, he agrees to being dominated by this person.
She grows up isolated at Thrushcross Grange, almost never leaving the estate as a child. While Hareton is deprived of everything but affection, Cathy is deprived of nothing, even spoiled.
Her spirit was high, though not rough, and qualified by a heart, sensitive and lively to excess in its affections. Although her father does not allow her to leave the Grange, she is very curious about the outside world and constantly asks about it.
She has the constant care and love of her father and of her nurse Nelly. Her sister Charlotte, for example, called Heathcliff's feelings "perverted passion and passionate perversity. Their love exists on a higher or spiritual plane; they are soul mates, two people who have an affinity for each other which draws them togehter irresistibly. Heathcliff repeatedly calls Catherine his soul. Such a love is not necessarily fortunate or happy. Day Lewis, Heathcliff and Catherine "represent the essential isolation of the soul, the agony of two souls—or rather, shall we say?
Clifford Collins calls their love a life-force relationship, a principle that is not conditioned by anything but itself. It is a principle because the relationship is of an ideal nature; it does not exist in life, though as in many statements of an ideal this principle has implications of a profound living significance.
Catherine's conventional feelings for Edgar Linton and his superficial appeal contrast with her profound love for Heathcliff, which is "an acceptance of identity below the level of consciousness. This fact explains why Catherine and Heathcliff several times describe their love in impersonal terms.
Love in "Wuthering Heights"
Are Catherine and Heathcliff rejecting the emptiness of the universe, social institutions, and their relationships with others by finding meaning in their relationship with each other, by a desperate assertion of identity based on the other?
Catherine explains to Nelly: What were the use of my creation if I were entirely contained here? My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning; my great thought in living is himself. 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 part of it" Ch. Dying, Catherine again confides to Nelly her feelings about the emptiness and torment of living in this world and her belief in a fulfilling alternative: I'm wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there; not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart; but really with it, and in it" Ch.
Their love is an attempt to break the boundaries of self and to fuse with another to transcend the inherent separateness of the human condition; fusion with another will by uniting two incomplete individuals create a whole and achieve new sense of identity, a complete and unified identity. This need for fusion motivates Heathcliff's determination to "absorb" Catherine's corpse into his and for them to "dissolve" into each other so thoroughly that Edgar will not be able to distinguish Catherine from him.
Freud explained this urge as an inherent part of love: Love has become a religion in Wuthering Heights, providing a shield against the fear of death and the annihilation of personal identity or consciousness.
Cathy's Impact on Hareton and Heathcliff in 'Wuthering Heights'
This use of love would explain the inexorable connection between love and death in the characters' speeches and actions. Wuthering Heights is filled with a religious urgency—unprecedented in British novels—to imagine a faith that might replace the old.
Nobody else's heaven is good enough. Echoing Cathy, Heathdiff says late in the book, "I have nearly attained my heaven; and that of others is altogether unvalued and uncoveted by me! The hope for salvation becomes a matter of eroticized private enterprise Catherine and Heathcliff have faith in their vocation of being in love with one another They both believe that they have their being in the other, as Christians, Jews, and Moslems believe that they have their being in God.