Love and Addiction in Wuthering Heights

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Love and Addiction in Wuthering Heights Love by definition is an intense feeling of deep affection for someone. In a lifetime, one may strive to find love in and for another person. However, is it possible to be so in love with someone that you become obsessed and addicted to this person in every possible way? In the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, the line between love and addiction, in relation to the three main characters Catherine, Linton, and Heathcliff, is crossed many times. Addictions are based on a need for psychological security, and the person experiencing this will stop at nothing to maintain the bond held with their partner. Both themes of love and addiction play a strong role in the novel and affect all three of these characters. Cathy and Heathcliff’s upbringing, Catherine’s marriage to Linton, her death, and the idea behind the statement “I am Heathcliff” all come together to create a central idea that the love between Catherine and Heathcliff was actually more of an addiction that in the end would consume and destroy the both of them. Furthermore, the novel illustrates this not only through the destructive relationships, but also the isolated setting crafted by Bronte. Catherine and Heathcliff’s lack of a parental figure, no emotional stability, and isolation to the rest of the world at such a young age is what connected them to one another, because of their somewhat similar outlooks on life. Certain environmental factors present in the novel and the conditions faced by Heathcliff and Catherine at a young age were what contributed to their addictive relationship. In the book Love and Addiction by Stanton Peele, he states, “addiction occurs in people… lacking specific direction, finding few things that can entertain or motivate them, they have nothing to compete with the effects of an addiction for possession of their lives.” This is
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