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Transcript of Romantic Love
What is Romantic Love?
Romance is the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person associated with love.
In romantic relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one's strong romantic love, or one's deep and strong emotional desires to connect with another person intimately or romantically.
Romantic Love in Wuthering Heights
Romantic Love in Modern Day
Love in the Victorian Era
Love in the Victorian Era was very different from today.
People often married for money and social class elevation instead of true love.
Heathcliff and Cathy
"The crosses are for the evenings you have spent with the Lintons, the dots are for those spent with me. Do you see? I've marked every day."
"Yes-- very foolish: as if i took notice!"
"And where is the sense in that?'
"To show that I DO take notice."
--Heathcliff and Catherine
Heathcliff expresses his love for Catherine. He reveals his infatuation with her presence. Most men would be oblivious to Catherine's actions (being with the Lintons or himself) but because he really loves her, he pays attention.
Our society has a different set of values which has changed the way we perceive love and relationships.
Courtship was considered more of a career move for young men than romance.
All of a woman's possessions became the man's upon marriage.
This process was taken very seriously.
Courtship advanced by gradations, with couples first speaking, then walking out together, and finally keeping company after mutual attraction had been confirmed.
"He shall never know how I love him."
"He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
Catherine tells of her hidden love toward Heathcliff. She absolutely is in love with Heathcliff, and she confesses these feelings to Nelly. Her feelings are constant, eternal, and powerful. The barrier between them is the difference in their social classes. This keeps them from being together although their feelings are gravitating toward one another.
Men had to be careful during early stages.
If he was introduced to a lady at a party for the purpose of dancing, he could not automatically resume their acquaintance on the street.
He had to be reintroduced by a friend, only by the permission of the woman.
Victorian Era Courting
THE GREAT GATSBY
Teenagers many years ago married their first sweethearts right out of high school. Now education has become prolonged, so marriage comes later. Teenagers today pride themselves in the length of their relationships, rather than how fast they can get married.
Gatsby and Daisy were madly in love. They could not marry because he was of a lower social class as was Heathcliff with Catherine.
He joins the army and gets sent away; meanwhile, Daisy marries Tom Buchanan, a wealthy polo player. When Gatsby returns, he is rich and lives in a large mansion across the bay from Daisy. He is immensely jealous of Tom for marrying his soul mate, as Heathcliff is with Edgar for marrying Cathy.
Women also had strict rules to follow when courting men.
They could not approach a man of higher class unless being introduced.
A woman never walked alone. She had to have a chaperone that was older or married.
If she had progressed to the stage of courtship in which she walked out with a gentleman, they had to walk apart.
A woman could not be alone in a room with a man she was courting.
Proper women never rode alone in a closed carriage with a man who wasn't a relative.
Intelligence was not encouraged among women nor interest in politics
Gatsby spends the rest of his life attempting to win Daisy back, as Heathcliff's life also revolves around his everlasting love for Cathy.
When Daisy murders her husband's mistress in an accidental, yet brutal, car accident, Gatsby waits all night outside Tom and Daisy's home to assure himself she is safe from Tom's violent nature. Heathcliff reveals the same pure love towards Cathy when he stays in the garden outside her home all night when she is ill, in an attempt to be eternally at her side.
Jack and Rose cannot be together because of
the existing social class barrier. Jack is very poor while Rose is extremely wealthy. Though they are totally in love, it is socially unacceptable for them to be together. This is similar to Heathcliff and Cathy's
In modern society, we tend to discard the social and racial barriers. Even today, we are moving to remove the same-sex barrier that discriminates against the marriage of partners. Though times are evolving, we hear and see tales of the invisible, hulking barriers that once caused the downfall of many relationships.
The Victorian Era
begins in 1837 (the year Victoria became Queen)
ends in 1901 (the year of her death)
In the Victorian Era women could not flirt with men like most do today. So they had to find another way.
Fans were a very popular accessory for women during this time period.
Fan fast--I am independent
Fan slow--I am engaged
Fan with right hand in front of face--Come on
Fan with left hand in front of face--Leave me
Fan open and shut--Kiss me
Fan open wide--Love
Fan half open--Friendship
Fan swinging--Can I see you home?
Edgar and Cathy
"...he possessed the power to depart, as much as a cat possesses the power to leave a mouse half killed, or a bird half eaten."
Edgar loves Cathy wholeheartedly. Edgar knows deep down in his heart that Cathy truly loves Heathcliff. However, he is so in love with her that he physically cannot leave her.
Heathcliff and Isabella
"She's gone, she's gone! Yon' Heathcliff's runnoff wi' her!"
--Mary (a maid)
First graders were asked....
"What is love? What/who do you love?"
Their responses were...
The Science Of Love
Hindley and Frances
"...though I was very sad for Hindley's sake. 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."
"For himself, he grew desperate: his sorrow was of that kind that will not lament. He neither wept nor prayed; he cursed and defied: execrated God and man, and gave himself up to reckless dissipation."
Hindley experiences the loss of his true love, his wife Frances. He changes from a happy man to a man in total despair. He turns to drinking to dilute his grief.
Falling in love is a process of chemical reactions within your brain that spread through your body.
Romantic love shows up in every corner of the world. Romantic relationships date back to ancient history and progress through present time and forward through the future. Television shows, movies, books, songs, and real life revolve around romantic love.
Would Wuthering Heights exist without romantic love?
Isabella in in love with Heathcliff, however, it is unrequited love. Heathcliff merely uses Isabella to get to Edgar as a sense of revenge.
"She's cheer captain, and I'm on the bleachers." Taylor Swift is stating that the guy she likes is with another girl because of the social hierarchy at their school.
"The task was done, not free from further blunders; but the pupil claimed a reward, and received at least five kisses: which, however, he generously returned." - Lockwood p.267
Hareton and Cathy Heathcliff
Cathy Heathcliff (formerly Cathy Linton) teaches ignorant Hareton to read. Hareton enjoys this time that he gets to bond with Cathy.