Wuthering Heights Villainy Analysis

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Lauren Franssen English 1302 Haas-5th hour The Unsuspecting Villain In Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Catherine is self-righteous and manipulative. Her selfish nature ultimately results in the self-destruction of the ones who love her most, as well as her own tragic fate. Essentially, Catherine and her disloyalty to those around her, including herself, defines betrayal and suffering as two major themes in the novel, thus rendering her the villain of the story and accentuating the meaning of the literary work as a whole. Though her selfishness is not of malicious intent, Catherine is fully aware that her actions take a toll on the ones who she claims to devote herself to. She deliberately follows through with her marriage to Edgar Linton, despite her open proclamations of love for Heathcliff, with whom she grows up and loves irrevocably, only to unceremoniously abandon because of his insufficient societal rank. She knows that Heathcliff feels devastated, yet does not believe that she has been disloyal to him. She is too blind to see past her own momentary desires. As a result of her betrayal, Edgar and Heathcliff are tossed into a downward spiral of competition, jealousy, and heartbreak. Edgar loves Catherine unconditionally, but knows he has been rendered second-best to a man for whom she holds deeper affections. He complies with her every wish in desperate hope that she will hold him in the same regard, but to no avail. She makes it known that she will always love Heathcliff, no matter what. This being said, Catherine holds the power to set Edgar free from his self-doubt. Does she do it? Nope. She selfishly chooses to continue their near-obligatory marriage. In doing so, she strikes within him a spark of jealousy and anger towards Heathcliff, though she is really to blame. Heathcliff, on the other hand, carries a doubly bitter discontent for life than
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