Whuthering Heights journal 2 (right one)

PosterĄG Tina Wang at 13:6:33 4/30/98 from t192-148.dialup.seed.net.tw

Catherine*s view of love between Heathcliff and Edgar
For Catherine, love between her and Heathcliff and Edgar is very different. On page 66, Cathy*s talk with Nelly showed that Catherine loved Edgar because of the outside advatageous position he had, he*s rich, handsome, young and cheerful. Cathy wouldn*t like him if he were ugly and a clown. So I think Catherine*s love toward Edgar was based on reality because Catherine thought that she*ll be rich and get a nice reputation if she married Edgar. On the other hand, her love toward Heathcliff was spiritual. In Catherine*s dream on page 68, we know that Catherine herself knew that she Heathcliff was her true love. On page 70, Catherine said "My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I*m well aware, as winter changes the trees-my love toward Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath-a sourse of little visible delight, but necessary." She even said that she was Heathcliff, he*s always in her mind. Therefore, Cathy*s love toward Heathcliff was spiritual and will never end. However, Edgar and Heathcliff are victims of her searching for fortune and reputation. (although on page 69 she explained that if she married Edgar then she could help Heathcliff, I still think that*s all excuses of her vanity.) In my opinion, Catherine*s vanity made Edgar as the victim of their love. As a matter of fact, on page 135, the last few lines Heathcliff pointed out how cruel Cathy was to him, and to herself.
Catherine loved Heathcliff so much that even when she*s dying, she asked Edgar to get some heath for her (in the movies), the heath in the back of Whuthuring Heights, near the "castle". Furthermore, on page 142, the last paragraph of Chap. 16, even Catherine*s interment was dug on a green slope where the wall is low that "heath" and bilberry plants have climbed over it from the moor. I think this gives us a hint of Cathy*s love toward Heathcliff, she will love him for ever and just like Heathcliff*s soul. That*s my point of view of Catherine*s love between Heathcliff and Edgar.


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