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Familial Love

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Sam` Bender

on 8 December 2014

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Transcript of Familial Love

What is Familial Love?
First of all, what is love? ... Love is a profoundly tender passionate affection for another person by definition.
Parent - Child
Mr. Earnshaw - Hindley

Heathcliff - Cathy
Hindley -

Heathcliff -

Edgar -

p. 31 " the young master had
learnt to regard his father as an
oppressor rather than a friend "

Hindley viewed his father as his enemy. Their relationship was not one of much love.
Familial love in specific, is the love shared between parents and their offspring, or siblings in a family.
Familial love is also called
storge {store-gae},
the Greek word for natural affection.
Familial Love
Hindley - Cathy
Edgar - Isabella
Heathcliff - Hindley
The Happily Married
Sam Bender II, Barron Vogt & Colton Copenhaver
Heathcliff - Isabella
Cathy - Edgar
Hindley - Frances
Cathy - Linton
p. 31 "and petting him up far above Cathy"

Heathcliff was Mr. Earnshaw's favorite,
because Mr. Earnshaw feels bad for how
Heathcliff was left out in the streets of
p. 31 " Cathy, who was too mischievous and
wayward for a favourite

Cathy is liked by her father but because of
how she acts and is mean to her siblings
p.118 "Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? And if nort, is he a devil?"

Isabella thinks of her husband as a monster. Clearly they are not a happy couple. She fears Heathcliff, even comparing him to the devil.
p. 179 " Do you know me?..... No.. What a shame of your mother, never to waken your filial regard for me!
You are my son."

Heathcliff and his son are not close at all, Linton didn't even know who his father was until Heathcliff told him, and as we know throughout the book, we see that Heathcliff doesn't care for his son at all.
p.206 " No! I should never love anybody better
than papa,"

She loves her father more then Linton and this
makes Linton upset and possibly very jealous
On page 128 Heathcliff is having a conversation with Nelly about Cathy dying. Although he is expressing his romantic love for Cathy, readers can sense the unbreakable bond Cathy and Heathcliff have as family. Heathcliff is quoted saying "...every thought she spends on Linton, she spends a thousand on me!", and "Two words would comprehend my future-death and hell: existence after losing her would be hell." Heathcliff also says that he would not do a thing to Edgar as long as Cathy said not to. This shows the true love and respect that the two share. Whenever Nelly mentions the thought that Cathy is forgetting about Heathcliff, he is quick to tell her otherwise, because he knows that she loves him just as he loves her.
Hindley does love his
son, but treats him badly
when he is intoxicated, so
this causes people, like
Nelly to think that he
hates him
Heathcliff and Cathy share a strong feeling of familial love. Heathcliff and Cathy grew up together under the watch of Mr. and Mrs. Earnshaw, and almost have a brother/sister-like bond. While we know that the love Heathcliff and Cathy share is much deeper than just familial love, the relationship they have otherwise is much like that of siblings. They can argue and fight all they want, but in the end they still think the world of the other person and would protect and care for the other no matter what.
pp. 64-65 " Kiss me, Hareton! Damn thee kiss me!...... Poor Hareton was squalling and kicking in his fathers arms with all his might, and redoubled his yells when he carried him up-stairs and lifted him over the banister."

p. 179 " Your mother was a
wicked slut..."

Clearly Heathcliff didn't think too much of his wife to say something like this to his son.
Heathcliff and Cathy fight, but Heathcliff will do no harm to Cathy. Heathcliff goes off on Cathy. He calls her an idiot and tells her what his plans are to get revenge and amusement out of the horrible mind games he is playing with Edgar and Isabella, but he said "I seek no revenge on you." to Catherine. And even though Catherine knows the things are terrible and she tells them they are, she lets him do as he pleases. Just because he is Heathcliff.
Cathy stays out all night waiting on Heathcliff, and wants others to look for him. This shows Cathy's concern and care for Heathcliff. She does not care what hour of the night it is nor the weather. All she wants is Heathcliff home safely
p. 82 " Oh Edgar, darling!
Heathcliff's come back-he is!"

Cathy is discreetly saying to her husband, Oh look! My real love is here! Now you can pretend to be happy for me.
On page 143 after Cathy's death, Heathcliff is mourning for her. He is a wreck. Heathcliff is torn apart because of Cathy's death. When Nelly saw him she knew right away that he had heard of the catastrophe. Heathcliff looked so awful that it made Nelly feel some sympathy towards Heathcliff. Nelly knew how close Heathcliff and Cathy were and understood the circumstances of why Heathcliff was in such a state of dispair. He had been sobbing and banging his head repeatedly off a tree. Heathcliff says "I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"
Edgar and Cathy's marriage isn't bad but it isn't
good, Cathy obviously cares more about
Heathcliff then she does Edgar, on her death bed
she wants Heathcliff by her side, not so much
Cathy had stayed at Thrushcross Grange until Christmas. She had recovered from a bad ankle and her manners were much improved. And even though she is used to being with Edgar and Isabella Linton, the first person she is concerned about is Heathcliff. Even at a young age Cathy is anxious to see how Heathcliff is and just talk to him. She shows a natural attraction towards him that is visible to the readers.
Beginning on page 138 Cathy and Heathcliff have their last conversation. Heathcliff is brutally honest with Cathy, and tells her that she was wrong in chosing to be with Edgar. Cathy was upset by his words but was apologetic in return. She knew that she had done some wrong, but also knew that Heathcliff was also at fault for hurting her throughout his revenge on Hindley and Edgar. She only wanted the wrongs to be made right before her death so she asks for forgiveness, because she had forgiven Heathcliff. This shows that all she wants is for him to love her and allow her to rest peacfully knowing all was well between the both of them. She wants this because of the familial love between her and Heathcliff
Heathcliff and Hindley don't exemplify what familial love should be. Even though they are not true family, they both lived under Mr. and Mrs. Earnshaw. The two should have been close like brothers. After Mr. Earnshaw began to favor Heathcliff tension arose between him and Hindley. Their sibling relationship took a turn for the worst after that.
Hindley is having a conversation with Nelly on page 121 and tells her turn her lock and draw her bolt. After her response he revealed a handgun with a knife on it to Nelly, and suggested that he has thought of killing Heathcliff. Brothers don't want to kill and torture each other. Hindley really shows his hatred towards Heathcliff in this instance
Heathcliff begins lending Hindley money after returning from running away. Hindley blind in his troubled ways continued to go farther into debt. Eventually Heathcliff has Hindley ran so far under that he owns is former brother. Hindley becomes weak in health mentally and physically and then eventually dies, and Heathcliff takes over Wuthering Heights. Because of how Hindley treated him, Heathcliff resents Hindley. He wants to do nothing but harm to him.
Edgar and Isabella display familial love. Being brother and sister readers can see that they are fond of each other like family. Even when the times were tough, when it mattered they showed the love and affection family members show.
Edgar disowns Isabella and is
unsympathetic to her in her plight
with Heathcliff. He says that he didn't disown Isabella, that she disowned him by wanting to be with Heathcliff.
Edgar comes around to Isabella in the end when she is dying. Despite the whole thing with Heathcliff, Isabella and Edgar are family, and Isabella's death only brought remorse and forgiveness to them
Probably the most normal of all the marriages, Hindley and Frances actually married for love, not some social advantage against someone.
p56. "'Damn the doctor!' he interrupted, reddening. 'Frances us quite right:she'll be perfectly well by this time next week."
Even on her death bed, Hindley would not accept the fact that she was dying. He truly loved her like no other.
p55. "He had room in his heart only for two idols-his wife and himself:he doted on both, and adored one, and I couldn't conceive how he would bear the loss."

Nelly could even see how much Hindley loved his wife. If he loved nothing else in the entire world, he would always love his wife, and that's more than the other marriages can say.
p 235. "Now Catherine, you are letting your tears fall into my cup!"

Catherine was just beaten over the head by Heathcliff and Linton being the soulless retch he is, complains to he because she is crying over his cup. He cares nothing for her or her sorrows, but only for himself.
p. 241 " 'No,' he replied; 'she's up stairs: she's not to go; we won't let her.'"
Even when Cathy's father is sick and dying, Linton will not allow her to leave. He feels no love toward Cathy and shows no signs of caring for her feelings.
Nearly everything found is this book about Familial Love is backwards. Siblings hate one another, parents neglect their children, and nobody is happily married. Now there does seem to be one exception for each of the categories. Heathcliff and Cathy do love each other as siblings, however they take it too far. Hindley loves his wife, Frances, but their time together is cut awfully short and Edgar loves his daughter Cathy, but doesn't really see her as much when she ventures to Wuthering Heights.
Hindley and Cathy's relationship goes from good to bad during the story. In the beginning Hindley cared for Cathy more, was more protective, and saw her as a little sister figure. But as Cathy and Heathcliff's relationship grows and favoritism is shown towards Heathcliff, Hindley comes to feel indifferent towards Cathy.
In some instances Hindley is very nice to Cathy, but at other times he is mean and abusive towards Cathy. This possibly because of his over drinking, but Hindley doesn't show that real familial love like that between Heathcliff and Cathy
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