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Transcript of Love
Love causes people to be irrational
Love is only "in the moment," and those affected by it are only able to live in the present
to marry Heathcliff now; so he shall
know how I
“But although she may prevent us from becoming man and wife, and I may marry some one else, and
, nothing that she can possibly do can alter my
to you” (I.ii).
“‘You are the prettiest girl I ever saw.’ ‘Miss Prism says that all
good looks are a snare
.’ ‘They are a snare that every sensible man would like to be caught in.’ ‘Oh, I don’t think I would care to
catch a sensible man
. I shouldn’t know what to talk to him about’” (II.i).
“Cecily is the sweetest, dearest, prettiest girl in the whole world. And
I don’t care twopence about social possibilities
The Importance of Being Earnest
Wilde dramatizes the complications of love to denounce its practical use in the Victorian era to bolster one's social status.
Love is described through the use of trapping imagery and is once again made out to be a bad thing.
Since lust can lead to love, it is viewed as almost dangerous and stray the admirer from the path of marrying just for profit and not love.
Bronte depicts love as an overly powerful emotion that cannot be incorporated into the social needs of the Victorian era.
“You must not laugh at me, darling, but it had always been a girlish
dream of mine
to love someone whose name was
... There is something in that name that seems to inspire absolute confidence.
any poor married woman whose husband is not called Ernest” (II.ii).
Older vs. Newer Generations
Older generations see relationships as a way to better themselves in society rankings
Newer generations make relationships based off of love.
The name "Ernest" represents the ideals of love.
Anything less than perfect was pitiable
Love had no place in Victorian society
Love is treated more lightly in The Importance of Being Earnest than in Wuthering Heights
“both their minds tending to the
—one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed—they
contrived in the end
to reach it” (326).
People placed priority on social status rather than love or happiness
It becomes so common that people treat it with little importance
Wilde is more condescending towards Victorian society and their thoughts regarding love
Bronte pities people of the Victorian era
Connection to Modern Day Audience
Love between social classes
Marriage solely for social benefits, without any love
-Eventually love powers through, just like in Wuthering Heights
-Cliche Disney films
-Shows that love is a powerful and overwhelming emotion
-Drives characters to do unreasonable actions.
“‘I am not your husband: you needn’t be
of me!’...’as to you, Catherine, I have a mind to speak a few words now, while we are at it. I want you to be aware that I know you have treated me
“His new source of
sprang from the not anticipated misfortune of Isabella Linton evincing a sudden and
towards the tolerated guest”(103).
If you were in new relationship, and you met a person you truly connected to, would you leave your significant other for this new person?
too many layers
dont shreck yourself
A. Stay in your current relationship.
B. Leave your current relationship for something new.
C. Cheat on them.
D. Leave for the new person because they seem perfect.
How would you react if a complete stranger asked you out before even asking your name.
A. Instantly say yes.
B. You do not feel like they would be your soul mate so you say no.
C. Just completely ignore them.
D. Hesitate and then say yes just for the excitement of it.
What would you do if you found out that the person you were interested in was economically challenged?
A. Ignore this and continue to pursue them.
B. Try to help them with their problems.
C. Lose interest in them.
D. Somewhat bother you but get over it quickly.
How many flaws can your ideal partner have.
B. Only a couple.
C. None... they must be perfect!
D. The more flaws the better.
Catherine's new found knowledge of the upper class leads to a distaste for the trivial aspects of her former life (loss of innocence)
Infernal treatment = Catherine marrying Edgar (context)
The effects of suffering
Since love is so overpowering, the lost love lead to a change in Heathcliff in a negative way, leading him to act in a impractical way
Shows that love and finance are incompatible
Edgar puts priority on social gains for Isabella
The temptation sprouted by love (where Heathcliff had economic motives), lead to Isabella making a poor decision.
Heathcliff took advantage of those feelings, for financial gain (greed coming from his Id)
Again shows that love and finance are incompatible
If someone left you heartbroken, how would you respond?
A. Avoid that person for as long as possible.
B. Move on and find someone else as quickly as possible.
D. Binge eat and stress eat cucumber sandwiches and muffins
Isabella decides to marry Heathcliff regardless of what the others say, thus leading to her downfall
Where would your ideal dinner be located?
A - Isabella
B - Cecily
C - Heathcliff
D - Algernon
Earnest Thesis Statement
If people you love and trust advised against your decision to be with someone, what would you do?
A. Stay with them because you don’t care about his what others think of him
B. Express your loathing for that opinion
C. Look into them yourself/ Confront them
D. Look for someone else
Which quote best represents your philosophy on love?
A. “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
B. “It’s often just enough to be with someone.” - Marilyn Monroe
C. “There is no love without suffering.” - Arielle Dombasle
D. “Love is a feeling, marriage is a contract, and relationships are work.” - Lori Gordon
This also leads to Heathcliff's fall in two aspects:
He pursued high social standing not for social norms but for revenge
His vengeful/sadistic treatment of others got him nowhere in life, but true love and happiness did