Cathy’s Feelings for Edgar and Heathcliff
In this essay I am going to explain Cathy’s feelings for both Edgar
Linton and Heathcliff. She had complex relationships with both Edgar
and Heathcliff starting from when she was young.
In her youth Cathy spent a lot of time with Heathcliff. This is the
time when she first fell in love with him. She used to spend a lot of
time running out to the moors with him. They would never be apart and
shared everything with each other.
The first time she met Edgar was when she went to Thrushcross grange.
She stayed there for 5 weeks and came back cleaner and more
sophisticated. The reason she went there was because Heathcliff
herself snuck out to the moors. They went to thrushcross grange. But
they were noticed through a window, by Edgar and his sister Isabelle.
They took Cathy into the house, but not Heathcliff.
When she came back from the grange, Cathy’s feelings hadn’t changed
for Heathcliff but she felt that she was now in a higher social class
to him and that she was distanced from him because of it. He thought
that he was dirty. She said to him, “ If you wash your face and brush
your hair you will be alright.” This hurts Heathcliff. She hates it
when Heathcliff is treated badly. She often expresses this.
As Cathy gets older she starts to spend a lot more time with Edgar.
After several visits to Wuthering Heights Edgar asks her to marry her
and she accepts. She talks to Nelly (a housekeeper) about his proposal
and she asks why she wants to marry him. She says it is because “ he
is handsome, young and cheerful, and rich and loves me.” Nelly
doesn’t agree with her decision because she thinks the reasons aren’t
good enough. Cathy only wants to marry Edgar because there is no-one
else that she can marry. She knows no-one else in the outside world.
She sees a future with him because he has money.
Although Cathy wants to marry Edgar, she is still in love with
Heathcliff. She says “ I am Heathcliff- He is always on my mind.” She
wants to be with him, but thinks it would degrade her to marry him
because he is a lower class.
When Heathcliff hears...