Wuthering Heights ' Catherine Earnshaw , beautiful but headstrong - the quintessence of uncontrolled passion - appears only in the first half of Emily Bronte 's masterpiece owing to her early death , but her presence looms like a ghost over the rest of the novel 's protagonists till the very end . She reappears in the second half of the book as young Catherine Linton (referred to herein as Cathy for distinction , whose striking resemblance invokes , on the part of Heathcliff , only maddening sensations ' Being similar to her mother in name and disposition , can it be that
the author intended to depict Cathy as her mother 's rebirth
The reader will recall that in his terrible grief , Heathcliff dares Catherine to haunt him : Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad ! Only do not leave me in this abyss , where I cannot find you (Bronte 163 . Cathy 's capacity for defiance , haughtiness , and pride makes her a living image of her mother has she perchance been sent by fate to fulfill Heathcliff 's despondent wish
On the surface , their resemblance is not purely physical , but involves that of character and temperament . The present Catherine (Cathy says Nelly Dean , has no other likeness to her , except a breadth of forehead , and a certain arch of the nostrils that makes her appear rather haughty , whether she will or not (p . 306 . The sight of Cathy sitting by the fireplace impresses Lockwood , the tenant of Thrushcross Grange , as the most exquisite little face ' he has...
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