Heathcliff’s Motivations in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

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The main focus of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is the romance between Heathcliff and Catherine. The love between these two causes pain and suffering for anyone caught between them. Heathcliff’s motivations as a character are often unclear and left up for interpretation, especially after his beloved Catherine’s death. Towards the end of the novel, there is a scene that is used to great success to showcase Heathcliff’s mental state before his death. However, it does much more than that. Through closely examining Bronte’s word choice and the images she invokes when Heathcliff is talking about Catherine’s corpse, we can decipher what has been driving Heathcliff throughout the whole of the novel.

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