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Bronte Uses The Character Of Cathy (Elder) To Suggest That We Cannot Always Follow Out Hearts And That Unbridled Passion Can Lead To Destruction. To What Extent Do You Agree?

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Bronte uses the character of Cathy (Elder) to suggest that we cannot always follow out hearts and that unbridled passion can lead to destruction. To what extent do you agree?In Emily Bronte's novel "Wuthering Heights", Bronte contrasts two parallel love stories to demonstrate the consequences of following ones head, over heart. Through defiance of Catherines heart, toxic consequences resulted, ultimately ending in the tragic ending of Catherine's life. Bronte uses Catherine Earnshaw Linton as an example to show what following ideals, over love can lead to destruction, evident through revenge, and subsequently, death. However, whilst this ending may have been avoidable through different ...view middle of the document...

This decision dictates the events that follow in the novel by triggering revenge, suffering and death for all those in Catherine's life. Thus, whilst marrying Edgar was, economically, and socially the right choice in Catherine's opinion because if she were to marry Heathcliff they would be "beggars". However, the destructiveness of this decision of love, lead to undesirable consequences.Whilst Catherine followed her head, she still ended up broken hearted, because of her refusal to evolve into her role as wife and follow up her choice to marry Edgar. Catherine refuses to be a wife to Edgar, and refuses to let go of Heathcliff. This inability to change, and evolve, lead to the ultimate destruction of Catherine, because of the obsessive love, based on the perception that they are one, denies either party to move on. Catherine's desire for attention, allows her to torment Edgar, with threats that she "will die", "since no one cares anything about" her, to provoke a frenzy of concern. Bronte makes evident that Heathcliff believed that had Catherine not married Linton, "misery and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted (them)", and henceforth breaking her own heart. Thus suggesting that...

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