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Yin And Yang Of True Love’s Passion

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Society today embellishes the words romance and passion, claiming them to be all good and positive. However, almost no works of media capture the darkness of intense fervor like Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Her two protagonists, Heathcliff and Catherine, are one of literature’s most romantic star-crossed lovers, whose only parallel is Romeo and Juliet. Once her father brings the young and wild gypsy home, Catherine forms an unbreakable attachment with him. They embody the term “gothic romance” with tragedy and distress in every chapter threatening the relationship and sanity of the two characters. Catherine and Heathcliff’s amorous affinity and bond towards each other kindles drama that inflicts pain and suffering on those around them, causing the world that encompasses Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange to fall apart.
The side of romance that warms many hearts and sells even more movie tickets is of glamour and charm. Like the romances portrayed in the movies, Cathy and Heathcliff’s love is boundless and impregnable, proving to be stronger than a single strand of spider silk. Although many threaten to cut the strand, including Edgar Linton, it is invincible. No one can interfere, especially Edgar, because in both Catherine and Heathcliff’s mind, they love each other more than anyone could ever imagine: “If he [Edgar] loved with all the power of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I [Heathcliff] could in a day” (141). Since children, Catherine and Heathcliff have this strong relationship that fulfills the picturesque love of two souls intertwined. Even through the worst of times, the love of Catherine and Heathcliff can endure and sync themselves to feel each other’s happiness, pain, and sorrow: “They [Catherine and Heathcliff] were silent⎯their faces hid against each other, and washed by each other’s tears” (153). As the worst of times finally destroys one of the two lovers, Heathcliff cannot manage to be without his Cathy and becomes distraught. As he cries to Cathy, wherever her spirit may be, “Be with me always... do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”, the reader comprehends that the two of them together are like yin and yang, they are different, yet interdependent (158). As opposite as they may be, when something or someone endangers their unity, Heathcliff and Catherine go to extreme measures that display the darkness of their passion.
The shadows of their glowing romance when they are adults often overpowers the innocence of what Catherine and Heathcliff’s love is like when they are children. Just as children transform into adults, Heathcliff transforms from a man into an uncontrollable animal, protecting his inamorato. The beast in him is exposed when Catherine is hurt and Nelly tries to step between her and Heathcliff: “...on my approaching hurriedly to ascertain if she had fainted, he...

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