Is there such a thing as obsessive love, making it unhealthy to love someone excessively? There is not anything like “too much love” for someone else, nevertheless, occasionally it is blown out of proportion. The notion that love remains solely expressed by one half, gives a desire to fight for someone that cannot display the same feelings under certain circumstances. In the novel written by Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights, “obsessive” love stands apparent in the story. The sense of heartbreak can trigger an ample amount of distress to an individual who is obsessively in love with someone. Accordingly, love causing distress can quite easily bring out the worst of an individual as evident in Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff and Catherine’s love, although genuine, did not truly prosper because of Catherine’s decision to marry Edgar. Furthermore, this decision was a major driving force throughout the novel; as he was incapable to truly accept being rejected, so he continued to pursue Catherine. Merely driven by his love for Catherine and his need for revenge, Heathcliff is viewed as a character that is both a villainous figure and a sympathetic figure. Heathcliff’s vengeful scheming fuels the entire plot, not able to give up on his love for Catherine.
The concept that Heathcliff symbolizes a Byronic hero, exemplifies his villainous figure. Correspondingly, he is presumed as a dark, outsider, an anti-hero, that is typically isolated and a little demonic. A predominant theme in Wuthering Heights is revenge, specifically, Heathcliff’s pursuit of it. His constant thirst for revenge represents his villainous figure in the story. A thirst that stems from Catherine’s betrayal and choice to leave Heathcliff for Edgar. Heathcliff amounts to violence as a means for a demonstration of love and hate, unable to truly control himself. His failing love with Catherine drives him to seek revenge on his childhood tormentor, Hindley. Furthermore, the abuse that Heathcliff received from Hindley as a child was excessive, ultimately transforming him from a victim to a perpetrator. Following Catherine’s death, Heathcliff continues his revenge, assuming sole control of Hindley’s house and his son. In addition, remaining persistent taking over everything that belongs to Edgar. Heathcliff throughout the novel exemplified that for him, revenge was an extensively more influential emotion than love. Ultimately, leads to why Heathcliff does not forgive Catherine for marrying Edgar. Although he does make it known that he loves Catherine and desires to be with her, he seems to show no remorse constantly attempting to ruin the life of her daughter; Cathy. Heathcliff is viewed a villainous figure as a result of his obsession with revenge, becoming more violent as the plot progresses. Frequently, Heathcliff comes across as a very violent character, uttering various threats and his violent acts. He illustrates that he lacks pity and sympathy when he hangs his wife and Isabella’s dog; thus, demonstrating one of his violent acts and validating the aspect of him as a villainous figure. Although Heathcliff basically engages in war among the two households, he would never harm Catherine as his love for her is immense. His love for Catherine reveals that he does truly have a sympathetic side in the mist of his villainous figure.
Although characterized as a violent individual, Heathcliff’s love for Catherine exemplifies a lot of aspects of sympathy. The sorrow he was faced with when he overheard Catherine said that marrying him would degrade her, ultimately resulting in his absence. It is quite obvious that they are soul mates, Heathcliff’s analogy was that soul mates should be together, not separated. Although Catherine did not view her marriage with Edgar as a separation from Heathcliff, Heathcliff did. Resulting in him having the sexton dig up her grave after she died, just so he could catch a glimpse of her once more. It is quite easy to feel and sympathize with Heathcliff as he was in a relationship that was not merely healthy. His one and only love had married another guy, while genuinely knowing that they loved each other. Although Heathcliff and Catherine’s relationship were based on true love, it was by no means a healthy relationship. Obsessed with Catherine, Heathcliff had no means of truly bouncing back, as evident even after she dies. Heathcliff began his life as a homeless orphan in the streets of Liverpool. Accordingly, his childhood would have been traumatized, growing up an orphan and constantly being tyrannized by Hindley. Consequently, one would feel sympathy towards him as he is quite powerless and had no way of avoiding the abuse. He was often distinguished by his sympathetic past since Heathcliff, was an underprivileged boy who had no real family structure of a well-organized family system. Consequently, he was exposed to a lot of negative influences in his life, and the worst characteristics of an ideal gentleman. Heathcliff’s life did not get off to the best start, nevertheless, he was able to find true love in the midst of all the adversity, in Catherine. Life has been just difficult for Heathcliff as she married Edgar because marrying him would be degrading. The events that Heathcliff needed to go through and overcome, truly made him a symphonic figure as he dealt with a lot of trials and tribulations.
Heathcliff could not be portrayed as merely a villainous figure as there were certain aspects that depicted him as a sympathetic figure. What good could come out of a child who has been emotionally and physically abused? His rough childhood was one that kicked off everything, ultimately imposing to the reader that his actions are simply a testament to his terrible upbringing. Being compared to a devil, merciless words so frequently swayed towards you, and afterward having the one person that loved you, the one person you thought genuinely cared, stating that you are not fit for them; degrading. Situationally, would be enough to typically enrage an individual. Although he committed a lot of violent acts it was only to seek revenge for the pain that losing Catherine caused him. Nevertheless, there is an extent until one agrees to stop sympathizing with Heathcliff as he becomes a very angry and villainous character. This thirst for revenge that Heathcliff as is a direct result of the obsession he has with Catherine. Obsessive love an emotion in which Heathcliff possessed as he could simply not handle the fact that Catherine had married Edgar. A love that was so pure ultimately destroyed by materialistic values as well as social class. Heathcliff characterized as both a villainous and sympathetic figure simply due to his love for Catherine and his need for revenge. In conclusion, Heathcliff is a character that Emily Bronte uses to propel the plot, characterizing him to be both a villainous figure as well as sympathetic. An incisive inclusion, leaving a reader reflecting on Heathcliff’s character during and after the novel