Wuthering Heights

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Obsession. Something that can ruin you. Obsession can and will get into your very soul to drive you mad. Obsession can turn a happy go lucky boy into a raving lunatic. In our lives we all experience mild forms of obsession. But the real thing--is terrifying. Edgar Linton is experiencing such a spiraling meltdown driven by obsession in Wuthering Heights the novel by Emily Bronte. Edgar has gone from an obsessive hatred of Heathcliff to an obsession with his daughter. This obsession controls his actions, as well as his emotions. His very soul is changed by it. Growing up, Edgar becomes an enemy of young Heathcliff from the very beginning. Edgar has taken a liking to Catherine at the same time that Heathcliff does, or rather after. From the moment she arrives at Thrushcross Grange, Edgar is quite taken with her. One night while Heathcliff and Catherine are roaming around outside, Hindley has the bolts locked to teach them a lesson. “[a]nd, at last, Hindley in a passion told us to bolt the doors, and swore nobody to let them in that night” (Bronte41.) Nelly on the other hand remains to wait on the two children. When Heathcliff arrives alone, he tells a tale of Catherine’s stay the Thrushcross Grange. While there, Edgar recognizes Catherine first, a bit of foreshadowing of his later affections for her. No doubt he thoroughly enjoyed her stay at the Grange as much or more than she did. It was this visit, that started his hatred for Heathcliff. Later we see that Edgar’s obsessive hatred for Heathcliff has sort of evolved to his daughter, also named Catherine. He doesn’t hate her but quite the opposite: He loves her an enormous amount. But because of his hatred for Heathcliff, he is now obsessed with keeping her away from Wuthering Heights so she does not encounter any of the residents there, Heathcliff being the main one. We can gather that Edgar is deathly afraid…...

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