Heathcliff and Catherine are depicted as soul mates, their love exists on a higher or spiritual plane; they have such a high affinity for each other that they are drawn together uncontrollably. The relationship is portrayed as almost one entity as if the two characters have become united. Catherine pronounces to Nelly ‘I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind. But as my being’. The quotation epitomises their inextricable love, regardless of separate marriage and physical detachment their souls will always be inseparably linked.
Moreover, the metaphor perhaps symbolises eternity, as their love is never absent or divided, their hearts have become permanently indivisible. The use of the exclamative sentence emphasises the passion and intensity surrounding their relationship. Additionally, the repetition of ‘always’ strengthens the sense of perpetual and undying love. In chapter 16, after Catherine’s death Heathcliff echoes Catherine’s speech to Nelly and he is conveyed as disordered as part of his sole has perished due to her demise.
Heathcliff states ‘Oh God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!’ illustrating his dependence on her, suggesting that her existence is a requirement for his identity and he falls into confusion and chaos without her. It could be viewed that quotation depicts that without Catherine, Heathcliff’s identity is impaired and that is unbearable to endure life without Catherine. Bronte presents Heathcliff and Catherine to be soul mates, she portrays both characters to be reliant on one another for stability and that it would be purely intolerable for one to live without the other.
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The love between Heathcliff and Catherine is also portrayed as obsessive and all consuming. On Heathcliff’s return to Wuthering Heights, he visits Catherine at Thrushcross Grange.