Wuthering Heights is not a love story. It is a romanticized obsession border line corrupted devotion between two people that aren’t even in love with each other. Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff Earnshaw; two selfish people driven on pride and fear which unmistakably lead them to make the decisions they made. Catherine and Heathcliff grew up together, and were inseparable. To any outside eyes, Heathcliff and Catherine were destined to be married yet it was the fear and materialistic qualities of Catherine that influenced her to choose Edgar Linton, a wealthy man who proposes to Catherine despite being acquaintances approaching friends. Catherine talks to Ellen about it and expresses her internal conflict whether too marry Edgar or choose Heathcliff. Many would realize where their hearts reside and where they know they are the happiest. “Follow your heart,” says Ellen. “I’d much rather follow my wallet and social status, thanks, replies Catherine. Now, Catherine didn’t say those exact words but she did tell Ellen that the reason she accepted Edgar’s proposal is because of his looks and wealth. When questioned about Heathcliff, Catherine says, “ It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff, now; so he shall never know how I love him…” Ironically, Heathcliff overhears her saying this and runs away. For three years. And gets rich. The fact that Heathcliff willingly changes himself for the sake of returning and winning over Catherine. It is not romantic but plain sad. Catherine made her choice out of vanity and Heathcliff should have comprehended her decision and chose to mend his heartbreak.
After Heathcliff returns his intuitions are less then orthodox. His original plan was to attempt at wooing Catherine over and have her come crawling back to him. Yet, Catherine only sees his return as an act of rekindling friendship rather than love. This obviously hurts Heathcliff and the passion behind his actions changes; instead of being motivated by desire and devotion, he is now motivated by revenge and heartbreak. In spite of Catherine, he marries Isabella, her sister-in-law, unfortunately in doing this he is replicating Catherine’s actions to marry Linton. Heathcliff comes back to Thrushcross Grange to confront Catherine and she is faced to choose between Edgar and Heathcliff. She ends up shutting herself away and falling into a hole of internal conflict. At this point she has realized what she has done. She has ignored her desires and declined into a madness of the fact that she is not the lady she so wishes she was. By marrying Linton it became her ultimate demise since she is not a well-behaved lady of status and despite conforming to what society expects of her; she cannot live by those expectations. After Catherine died, Heathcliff becomes tortured by the fact that though her selfish acts destroyed his heart; he is still devoted to her through life and death.
And that is a tragedy.